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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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  (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 recording
Larry Dean Embry .... Dialogue Editing and sound design
Darrell Karren .... production sound
Yaz Kim .... additional sound
Michael L. McDonough .... Supervising Sound Editor and Mixer (as Michael McDonough M.P.S.E.)
Ryan Purcell .... foley artist
Larry Dean Embry .... additional sound (uncredited)
Michael L. McDonough .... sound designer (uncredited)
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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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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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Considering the budget, it's an amazing film..., 12 November 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

David Boyle is a young filmmaker and in "Big Dreams Little Tokyo" he attempts something pretty amazing--to star, direct and write this film himself! Now if you consider this and the paltry $200,000 budget, the end result is truly amazing. And, I look forward to seeing more of his films--the guy has some talent and it's a nice quirky film.

The film is a comedy--but not a laugh out loud film. Instead, it's a nice slice of life film involving some weird characters that you really come to like. Boyle plays an odd American. He's earned a BA in Japanese and actually is VERY Japanese in the way he thinks and talks--which is odd coming from a white guy. His roommate is an oddity as well--a Japanese-American who isn't quite big enough to become a sumo wrestler. Both have large ambitions to be more than they are--and both seem destined to fail. There is a LOT more to the story than this--including some wonderful characters (Mai was terrifically adorable). In fact, the story itself is nice but it's the characters that make the movie well worth seeing.

Boyle has a nice touch--the film is sweet and engaging and if you give it time, you'll be amply rewarded. Those who demand a high-speed film or a movie with lots of clarity and a Hollywood style ending might be disappointed--those who just want to see a film about people will be amply rewarded.

By the way, in one scene in his apartment, you can see a film for another one of Boyle's films "White on Rice" on the wall. A great way to advertise his next project, huh? Also, there is a scene where the Mexican gentleman meets his translator and says "Catinflas". Catinflas was a very entertaining Mexican comedian--and I assume the man thought his translator reminded him of Catinflas due to his very quirky clothing (and hair).

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