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Surrogate Valentine -- San Francisco indie musician Goh Nakamura lives a life on the road, navigating friendships and relationships.
Surrogate Valentine -- San Francisco indie musician Goh Nakamura lives a life on the road, navigating friendships and relationships.


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I wanted to like it, but it's more middling that good or bad. Nice b&w feel. See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)
Goh Nakamura ... Himself

Chadd Stoops ... Danny Tunrer

Lynn Chen ... Rachel
Mary Cavett ... Valerie

Joy Osmanski ... Amy

Parry Shen ... Bradley

Calpernia Addams ... Tammi

Eric M. Levy ... Arthur
Josiah Polhemus ... Dave Margolis
Dan Bjornson ... Mark (as Dan 'Damage' Bjornson)

Di Quon ... Emily

Alexandra Anthony ... Diane (as Alexandra Fulton)

Natalie Lander ... Sarah
Manuela Horn ... Mark's Girlfriend

Matthew Gallagher ... Fan #1 (as Matthew A. Gallagher)

John-Michael Carlton ... Fan #2

Ron Eliot ... TV Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jimmy Chunga ... Radio DJ

Patrick Epino ... Sound Engineer

John Fukuda ... Danny's old boss

Mary Elise Hayden

Directed by
Dave Boyle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dave Boyle  written by
Joel Clark  written by
Goh Nakamura  written by

Produced by
Duane Andersen .... producer
Dave Boyle .... producer
Alex Cannon .... co-executive producer
Paul Cannon .... co-executive producer
Gary Chou .... executive producer
Michael Lerman .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Goh Nakamura 
Cinematography by
Bill Otto 
Film Editing by
Duane Andersen 
Dave Boyle 
Michael Lerman 
Makeup Department
Michelle Dallas .... makeup artist
Monique Ford .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Micah Dahl Anderson .... foley artist
Curtis Choy .... sound mixer
Carlos Sanches .... supervising sound editor
Nathan Whitcomb .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Leonid Karachko .... compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew J. Stroud .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Spencer Plewe .... assistant editor
Other crew
David Benjamin .... production assistant
Marlene Minori Nishime .... production assistant
Drew Sugimoto .... production assistant
Serena Wong .... production assistant

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Danny Tunrer:I did a peanut butter commercial once, and that one shot of me spreading peanut butter on an English muffin was seen by more people than anything else I've done ever. You can have that too, Goh.
Goh Nakamura:Peanut butter on an English muffin?
Danny Tunrer:No, no. That kind of affect on people. People tear up and weep at that kind of stuff, man. To think, me up in that high chair, with peanut butter all over my face.
Goh Nakamura:What are you talking about?
Danny Tunrer:Yeah I was three.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
I wanted to like it, but it's more middling that good or bad. Nice b&w feel., 9 January 2013
Author: secondtake from United States

Surrogate Valentine (2011)

An interesting if not commanding attempt to show a slice of life of a promising young musician at a crossroads in his life. There are echoes here are of the much better in other movies, including the really special "I Am Not a Hipster" released 2012.

Here in rather nice black and white we have quiet (rather introverted) guitarist and singer who is asked to help train a loud (rather extroverted) actor who needs to pretend to play guitar in a scene. A couple of love interests (girlfriends) come and go, and a weird, incomplete friendship forms between the two male leads. On paper it sounds pretty cool.

The problem (with the movie) is multi-fold. For one, this story only goes so far. It's simple to the point of needed either depth of expression or some layering and complexity (you know: a subplot). It has neither. Sometimes it's even a little cursory (or confusing) as the lead trots between cities for a brief this or that (a performance, a talk). There are asides that don't quite matter (like a part about a promoter who collects guns).

The lead actor (Goh Nakamura) is rather good, but he's so restrained you don't totally get on board with his situation. The actor who is his counterpoint (Chadd Stoops) is appropriately over the top, but not completely convincing. The rest of the cast is fine to middling, sometimes bordering on obviously amateur.

Yes, I know it's a low budget indie. If you want to lower your bar and go along with the style as "necessary" to the genre, you might get more out of it than I did. Or than is there. The nuances of the time, the bits of Seattle and San Francisco in the backdrop, are not examined or revealed or even enjoyed for simply being there. The idea of making it in that world of renting studio time and performing half baked music and performing on a shoestring is great stuff, but it's subdued here. The meat of it is supposed to be the interaction between these two opposite males, and it never quite connects and takes off.

In short, it's a okay movie with an okay premise and some okay talents. That adds up to a watchable, gentle movie with a few strong moments. Is that clear without being brutal?

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