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Tokyo Cowboy (1994)

No Ogawa, a young Japanese man, loves American western movies. What little English he does know he learned from these movies. When he is fired from his latest job at a fast food restaurant,... See full summary »


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Caroline Adderson (original screenplay by)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Ferguson ... Mrs. Beatty
Sharon Heath ... Movie Barmaid
Christianne Hirt ... Kate Beatty
Hiromoto Ida ... No Ogawa
Michael Ironside ... Lyle
Art Kageyama Art Kageyama ... Mr. Ogawa
Masako Kageyama Masako Kageyama ... Mrs. Ogawa
Michael Lawrenchuk ... Dan (as Michael C. Lawrenchuk)
Christine Lippa Christine Lippa ... Sandy
Dwight McFee ... Movie Cowboy
John Milton Branton John Milton Branton ... Vince Buddy
Janne Mortil ... Shelly
Brent Stait ... Vince
Karen Steinbach Karen Steinbach ... Holly (as Karen Steinebach)
Denalda Williams Denalda Williams ... Rhonda


No Ogawa, a young Japanese man, loves American western movies. What little English he does know he learned from these movies. When he is fired from his latest job at a fast food restaurant, he decides to become a cowboy. In his youth, he had a same-aged pen-pal named Kate Beatty, who he plans on visiting in the Canadian prairies specifically because she told him she was a cowgirl. No has plans literally and figuratively of riding off into the sunset with Kate. No's dreams are dashed when he arrives in Canada and finds that Kate is not a cowgirl, but an artist. She recently returned to her hometown after living in the big city, and has since led a relatively reclusive life with no husband on the horizon. As such, Kate's mother, with whom Kate does not confide, is hoping that Kate and No do end up together. He is even staying with her while in town. But Kate is harboring a secret, the reason for her being so reclusive. Her secret is not so secret, at least to her mother. Bill, a local ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Western


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English | Japanese

Release Date:

October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo cowboy See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Warm, funny and graceful
7 June 2004 | by vikiirnaSee all my reviews

This is a perfectly balanced film. The timing is all right as it moves between tension and humor, sentiment and meaning, uncertainty and resolution. The movie never wastes its time to pull out tears or laughs from the audience. All the enjoyment flows out naturally and uncontrived. Nor is the director's artistry on parade. Rather the film's beauty is subtle and supportive. The cross-cultural clashes are much more bilateral and accurate than in the more acclaimed "Lost in Translation." Though the "coming out" theme is old, this handling of it is fresh; and the script is well written. The cast works very well together. I wish I could see more of them. I'd especially like to see some other of Hiromoto Ida's works. I also very much appreciated Anna Ferguson and Alec Willows in this.

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