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Living on Tokyo Time (1987)

When her visa expires, a young Japanese immigrant in San Francisco agrees to marry a Japanese-American boy to avoid being deported back to Japan.


Steven Okazaki
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Credited cast:
Minako Ohashi Minako Ohashi ... Kyoko
Ken Nakagawa Ken Nakagawa ... Ken
Mitzi Abe Mitzi Abe ... Mimi
Bill Bonham Bill Bonham ... Carl
Brenda Aoki Brenda Aoki ... Michelle
Kate Connell Kate Connell ... Lana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshi Akuhara Yoshi Akuhara ... Businessman #2
Keith Choy Keith Choy ... Lambert
James Cranna James Cranna ... Jimbo (as Jim Cranna)
John Cruz John Cruz ... Drummer
Richard Enos Richard Enos ... Bass Player
Alex Herschlag Alex Herschlag ... Warren
Amy Hill ... Woman in Cafe #2
Jim Hirabayashi Jim Hirabayashi ... Cook
Hiroshi Kashiwagi ... Nisei Man


When her visa expires, a young Japanese immigrant in San Francisco agrees to marry a Japanese-American boy to avoid being deported back to Japan.

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She came to America and found the three R's: Romance, Rejection, Rock 'n Roll


Comedy | Drama







English | Japanese

Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA


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Production Co:

Farallon Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


The black and white picture of the woman on the bookshelf of records where Kyoto is listening to music is that of singer Grace Slick, singer for Jefferson Airplane. See more »


Lana: Come on, what else have you got going? If it works, great, if it fails you can write a song about it like Layla
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Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »


By Moebius and Plank
Courtesy of Sky Records
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Paint drying is more entertaining than this!
28 January 2006 | by kittenmalibuSee all my reviews

I caught this film on AZN on cable. It sounded like it would be a good film, a Japanese "Green Card". I can't say I've ever disliked an Asian film, quite the contrary. Some of the most incredible horror films of all time are Japanese and Korean, and I am a HUGE fan of John Woo's Hong Kong films. I an not adverse to a light hearted films, like Tampopo or Chung King Express (two of my favourites), so I thought I would like this. Well, I would rather slit my wrists and drink my own blood than watch this laborious, badly acted film ever again.

I think the director Steven Okazaki must have spiked the water with Quaalude, because no one in this film had a personality. And when any of the characters DID try to act, as opposed to mumbling a line or two, their performance came across as forced and incredibly fake. I honestly did not think that anyone had ever acted before...the ONLY person who sounded genuine was Brenda Aoki.. I find it amazing that this is promoted as a comedy, because I didn't laugh once. Even MORE surprising is that CBS morning news called this "a refreshing breath of comedy". It was neither refreshing, nor a breath of comedy. And the ending was very predictable, the previous reviewer must be an idiot to think such things.

AVOID this film unless you want to see a boring predictable plot line and wooden acting. I actually think that "Spike of Bensonhurst" is a better acted film than this...and I walked out half way through that film!

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