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Sleepy Heads (1997)

Penniless Japanese immigrants in New York. Hiro arrives seeking his fortune as a singer-songwriter. He moves into a cramped flat on the Lower East Side with Akira, a high-school friend, and... See full summary »

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Yoshifumi Hosoya
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugene Nomura ... Hiro Hagiwara
Toshiya Nagasawa Toshiya Nagasawa ... Ken
Takahiro Fujita Takahiro Fujita ... Akira (as Takihiro 'Engin' Fujita)
Nick Feyz Nick Feyz ... B.J.
Sayuri Higuchi Emerson Sayuri Higuchi Emerson ... Akiko
Snakey Mao Snakey Mao ... Shun
Masayasu Nakanishi Masayasu Nakanishi ... Daisuke
Mariko Hinatsu Fusillo Mariko Hinatsu Fusillo ... Haruko
Yuki Nishida Yuki Nishida ... Keiko
Jon Langione Jon Langione ... Stan
J.C. Islander J.C. Islander ... Kelly - undercover cop
Chris Grall Chris Grall ... Sam - undercover cop
Ron Contawe Ron Contawe ... Gang Leader
Wayland Quintero Wayland Quintero ... Gang Leader's Bro
Jimmy King ... New York cop (as James Michael King)
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Penniless Japanese immigrants in New York. Hiro arrives seeking his fortune as a singer-songwriter. He moves into a cramped flat on the Lower East Side with Akira, a high-school friend, and with Ken, a stick-wielding tough guy who dreams of running a dojo. Ken gets Hiro a job delivering fast food to pay the rent. Hiro's path crosses that of the lovely Akiko, and Ken rescues a young woman in a neighboring flat when a gang boss sends punks to beat her up. These currents cross during a long night when Hiro is to take Akiko to a musical and Akira overdoses on drugs. What to do with the body? Steve McQueen has the answer. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug content
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Country:

Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

4 October 1997 (Japan) See more »

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Elephant Studio See more »
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References While You Were Sleeping (1995) See more »

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A great comedy that steps in a different direction on the subject of being Japanese, and entertains very well in the process.
14 February 2005 | by psychoholicdemonoidSee all my reviews

What I mean is that most any movie that you can find "on the subject of being Japanese" is most usually a traditional period piece, centered around exhibiting the rich and intriguing history of the Japanese and their culture. In that respect this movie was an exciting, and hilarious contrast to me. Instead, it centers on a group of not so honorable, respectable, or traditional Japanese 20-somethings, and their struggles to exist in the VERY American environment of NYC, despite a large group of misfortunes, and short-comings. A successfully hilarious picture of modern, unsuccessful Japanese youth, attempting to make it in a strange foreign environment.


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