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Tokyo Cowboy (1994)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Western | October 1994 (USA)
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 »


Kathy Garneau


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


Not Rated





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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Words Inside
Written by John Reilly & Andy Needham
Performed by Boy On A Dolphin
Courtesy of Modern Records
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Different, it was recommended with Shall we Dance.
16 August 2005 | by MRBIOSSee all my reviews

Different, fun and like life itself doesn't have an exact Hollywood outcome.

The main characters learns and teaches others. One of my favorite scenes is about the reason for taking off shoes before going into the house - it's basically so you leave the world and it's chaos outside your sanctuary and not to avoid getting dirt that can be vacuumed up later.

Also, when you put two different cultures together you learn a lot about each. The good and the bad. There is some basic dishonesty in our own culture and also many humorous sayings that arn't to be taking literally.

I also recommend renting Shall We Dance.

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