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Big Dreams Little Tokyo (2006)

Big Dreams Little Tokyo is the story of Boyd, an American with an uncanny ability to speak Japanese. Boyd aspires to succeed in the world of Japanese business but finds himself mostly on the outside looking in. Meanwhile, his roommate Jerome, is a Japanese American who has always felt too American to be Japanese but too Japanese to be American. He aspires to be a sumo wrestler but finds his ... See full summary »

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Boyd
Jayson Watabe ...
Jerome
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Mai
Drew Knight ...
Andy
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Mr. Gonzalez
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Mr. Ozu
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Murakami (as James Kyson-Lee)
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Mr. Tanaka
Robert Suetsugu ...
Mr. Sugimoto (as Bobby Suetsugu)
Naohiro Takita ...
Mr. Fuji
Dane Allred ...
Boyd's Dad
Kei Miyara ...
Takanori
Yuta Kinjo ...
Kei
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Lydia
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Masashi
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Big Dreams Little Tokyo is the story of Boyd, an American with an uncanny ability to speak Japanese. Boyd aspires to succeed in the world of Japanese business but finds himself mostly on the outside looking in. Meanwhile, his roommate Jerome, is a Japanese American who has always felt too American to be Japanese but too Japanese to be American. He aspires to be a sumo wrestler but finds his weight and blood pressure are thwarting his dreams. Together they struggle to find their place in a world where cultural identity is seldom what it seems. Written by Anonymous

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Because a fish out of water is best served with ginger and wasabi.

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Dave Boyle wrote the parts of Jerome and Andy for his friends Jayson Watabe and Drew Knight. See more »

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3 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Big Dreams is a comedy that's perfect for teens and adults. The film is not overly saturated with slapstick, but rather plays to a more intelligent audience.

This film highlights the changes in our world today, where cultures blend together in new and unique ways. And such cultural blending creates some great comedic material which is effectively used in Big Dreams Little Tokyo.

Having just completed a brief introductory course in Japanese culture, I now realize there's more to this film than meets the eye. There was great attention to detail in this movie as it pertains to cultural norms and behavior. Watching an obviously white Caucasian American try his best to become a Japanese businessman is surprisingly entertaining. Equally funny is the Japanese-American character (Jerome) who is trying to find his place in the world of sumo-wrestling.

I highly commend Dave Boyle for his hard work. It takes a lot of talent and determination to make movies, Boyle has both of these qualities and I admire him for it. Keep up the good work Dave!


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