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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.


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







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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

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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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Unrequited Love
Composed by Eamonn Bowles
Performed by The Love Masters
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Sweet hard to find movie that should be on DVD
25 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

UPDATE (2 March 2016)Just received email from the film's director in response to my email of Feb. 29th where I had visited production company's web site asking about film and lamenting the fact it was not available on DVD. NEWS! The director told me that "out of the blue, MGM has released the movie on DVD" and it is now available on Amazon.com! After a decade or so of wanting a DVD of this film, my wish has been answered. Thanks MGM.

This is a sweet, simple, funny low budget movie that is nearly impossible to find and as far as I can tell only on VHS. I have my third VHS copy. Can't remember what happened to first one. Second one I bought cheap at a flea market and had no sound. I have seen a used copy or two for sale on eBay and Amazon.

I used this film in teaching Freshman Comp II at a community college in the early 90s for several reasons, but partly due to its low key humor that includes contrasting a real Japanese (a girl) with a Japanese- American wannabe rocker who eats cold cereal rather than sushi.

It's a quiet movie with no sex, cursing, drugs etc. Just some interesting characters and a cute leading actress. The lead female character narrates the film in a sweet voice.

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