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Because a fish out of water is best served with ginger and wasabi.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Boyd's big dreams of acceptance in another culture and his own skin. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Dave Boyle ... Boyd
Jayson Watabe ... Jerome

Rachel Morihiro ... Mai
Drew Knight ... Andy

Pepe Serna ... Mr. Gonzalez

Michael Yama ... Mr. Ozu

James Kyson ... Murakami (as James Kyson-Lee)

Sonny Saito ... Mr. Tanaka
Robert Suetsugu ... Mr. Sugimoto (as Bobby Suetsugu)
Naohiro Takita ... Mr. Fuji
Dane Allred ... Boyd's Dad
Kei Miyara ... Takanori
Yuta Kinjo ... Kei

Jonna Tamases ... Lydia

Hiroshi Watanabe ... Masashi
Tomoko Matsumoto ... Yoshiko

Michael Birkeland ... Mr. Stephens
David Arciniega ... Javier
Takaaki Nagoshi ... Gofer

Mio Takada ... Gondo (as Mio)
Hiroshi Otaguro ... Watanabe
Hiroshi Tom Tanaka ... Suzuki (as Tom Tanaka)
Sueko Terakami ... Skeptical Woman
Eric Bjarnson ... Mr. Kitamura
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fuminao Abo ... Bored Businessman
Richard Boyle ... Law Professor

Kannika Coley ... Circle Lounge Musician
Jonny Craddock ... Sushi Customer
Annette Horiuchi ... Grandma
Russell Horiuchi ... Grandpa
Hsiang Hsu ... Sun Bather
Scott Hurst ... Circle Lounge Musician
Jun Ma ... Chinese Man
Setsuko Maruyama ... Waitress
Taylor Moulton ... Boy in Restaurant
Tsuyoshi Nakata ... Circle Lounge Musician

Eiko Nijo ... Japanese Girl (scenes deleted)
Antonio Palacios ... Receptionist
Hassan Sherkat ... HR Executive #2

Robert Swenson ... Circle Lounge Musician
Carl Tohinaka ... Himself
Phillip Vernon ... Doctor Habib
Walden J. Wilson ... HR Executive #1
Dale Thomas ... Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Dave Boyle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dave Boyle 

Produced by
Duane Andersen .... producer
Meg Boyle .... producer
Howard Hayes .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Schulz 
Cinematography by
Bill Otto 
Film Editing by
Duane Andersen 
Scott Hurst 
Production Design by
Erica Elmer 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Abbott 
Makeup Department
Tiffany Correa .... makeup department head (as Tiffany Vukich)
Macy McKenzie .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonny Craddock .... first assistant director
Lansia Wann .... second assistant director
Art Department
Shawn Astin .... property master
Tom Hail .... construction coordinator
Clark Schaffer .... set designer
Sound Department
Mario Crystal .... adr recordist
Larry Dean Embry .... additional sound
Darrell Karren .... production sound
Yaz Kim .... additional sound
Michael L. McDonough .... sound designer
Ryan Purcell .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Todd Sali .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen H. Aldridge .... still photographer
Sal Cocuzza .... gaffer
Adrian Herman .... first assistant camera
Scott Hurst .... key grip
William Long .... best boy electric (as Bill Long)
Tsuyoshi Nakata .... second assistant camera
John H. Virgo .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonja A. Nelson .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Edward W. Arsuffi .... post-production consultant
Spencer Burnside .... assistant editor
Jacob Hoehne .... post-production consultant
Ramy Katrib .... post-production consultant
Dieter Sanchez .... telecine assistant
Patrick Woodard .... on-line editor
Other crew
Bryce Bishop .... production assistant
Jeffrey S. Breglio .... legal services (as Jeff Breglio)
Spencer Burnside .... script supervisor
Kim Dixon .... publicist
Mark Madsen .... production assistant
Edvin Megrabyan .... on-line supervisor
Antonio Palacios .... production assistant
Amanda Suchy .... production coordinator
Ben Wilson .... key set production assistant
Peter D. Brown .... special thanks
Courtney Gains .... special thanks
Kirby Heyborne .... special thanks
Wynn Hougaard .... special thanks
Tyler Measom .... special thanks
Eiko Nijo .... special thanks
Josiah Polhemus .... special thanks (as Josiah 'Farrah' Polhemus)
Rick Porras .... special thanks
Maya Shimoguchi .... special thanks

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Additional Details

USA:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Boyd's big dreams of acceptance in another culture and his own skin., 9 December 2006
Author: donbarb-barkemeyer from United States

This darling film mixes the interacting of a number of characters and cultures: a wannabe Japanese salaryman, sushi restaurant "cook", Mexican entrepreneur, Japanese executives, and a precious e.r. nurse.

The director,Dave Boyle,takes an implausible Chaplinesk character and makes us love him as he overcomes the pitfalls and successes of business and love, an enduring and new friendship.

Characters are intricately woven, so everyone can find someone to identify with and laugh at as well.

Japanese culture places a high priority on community, and the humorous scenes of Boyd's uniqueness draws giggles and guffaws.

His unusual pairing of characters and topics are a riot. Boyd's intent allows the character to skirt stereotyping.

His Japanese language,cultural observances, and understanding of the human condition are respectable.

The film has an intimate feel due to the close up shots and controlled establishing shots, maybe due to a limited budget. But it works well. this method bring you into the characters feelings.

I viewed this screening with an audience primarily of teenagers. Their reactions indicated they enjoyed the cultural exchange of the personalities.

The pacing and the editing could have been tighten a bit. Perhaps a bit shorter.

This young director, actor, writer has a perspective that is worth watching. I will watch for the name in the future.

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