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Kyoko (1996)

R | | Drama | 30 March 1996 (Japan)
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As a child, Kyoko learned latin dance from Jose, a Cuban-American serviceman stationed in Japan. Years later, Kyoko travels to New York to see Jose again. After much searching, she finds ... See full summary »

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Kyoko
Masayuki Shida ...
Truck Driver
Patricia Álvarez ...
Young Kyoko (as Patricia Álvarez Marin)
Alexander Varona Marrero ...
Young Jose
Humberto Gettys ...
Bellman
Bill Stitt ...
Counting Man
Marylyn Bishop ...
Woman with dog
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Ralph
Bradford West ...
David
Michael Feigin ...
BJ
Jay Baez ...
Mark
Al Lopez ...
Jorge
Oscar A. Colon ...
Uncle Pablo
Fatima Da Silva ...
Cocktail Waitress
Carlos Osorio ...
Jose
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As a child, Kyoko learned latin dance from Jose, a Cuban-American serviceman stationed in Japan. Years later, Kyoko travels to New York to see Jose again. After much searching, she finds Jose, only to discover that he is dying of AIDS and no longer remembers much of his past, including the time he and Kyoko spent together. His last wish is to return to Miami to be with his family, and so Kyoko agrees to drive him, hoping that somewhere along the way, he will remember her. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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An offbeat fable
26 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a very nice little film that is (1) a Japanese picture about AIDS and AIDS prejudices, (2) an American road movie complete with the classic drive into the American South, (3) an homage to Cuban dancing. The first and third of these genres work extremely well, the second less so. (Why is the South always portrayed as the dark subconscious of the American psyche? The version here may be somewhat less horrific than that confronted by Fonda, Nicholson and Hopper in Easy Rider, but it's a difference of degree rather than of kind.) The music in this film is fabulous and with the success of the Buena Vista Social Club, producer Roger Corman et al are missing a serious opportunity for some cross marketing here.


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