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White on Rice (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 17 March 2009 (USA)
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Forty-year-old Jimmy is growing up, or at least he's getting older. While mooching the upper bunk of his ten-year-old nephew's bed, he enjoys the never-ending generosity of his sister Aiko,... See full summary »


Dave Boyle


Dave Boyle (screenplay), Joel Clark (screenplay) (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Watanabe ... Jimmy
Nae ... Aiko
Mio Takada ... Tak
Lynn Chen ... Ramona
James Kyson ... Tim Kim (as James Kyson-Lee)
Justin Kwong Justin Kwong ... Bob
Pepe Serna ... Professor Berk
Joy Osmanski ... Mary
Cathy Shim ... Betty
Mark David Christenson ... Waiter (as David Christenson)
Ron Eliot ... Nathan
Kayako Takatsuna Kayako Takatsuna ... Shiho
Jimmy Chunga ... Stephens
Jennifer Klekas ... Susan
Bruce Campbell ... Muramoto (voice)


Forty-year-old Jimmy is growing up, or at least he's getting older. While mooching the upper bunk of his ten-year-old nephew's bed, he enjoys the never-ending generosity of his sister Aiko, and dodges the wrath of his impatient brother-in-law Tak. He thinks that if only he could get married all his problems would be solved. But when he falls head over heels for Tak's niece things only go from bad to worse. Written by white on rice

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent images and sex-related humor

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Japanese | English

Release Date:

17 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,079, 13 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$68,410, 5 March 2010
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Did You Know?


Mary: It's still early. Do you want to get some ice cream?
Jimmy: No, I have to go home and kill myself.
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Wildly uneven but there's something about this film you gotta like...
13 November 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I will be the first to admit that "White on Rice" didn't always work, the overall picture is so fresh and quirky that I still recommend it. It's a film from David Boyle--a writer/director/actor who totally captivated me and my wife when we recently saw his "Big Dreams Little Tokyo". Using the barest of budgets, Boyle has managed to once again make a film with characters you just have to love--very, very quirky ones at that.

Jimmy is a pathetic Japanese divorcée who has left his country and moved in with his sister's family in the States. Jimmy is nearing 40 and has little to show for himself--not much of a job, no love life and he sleeps in the top bunk of his nephew's bunk-bed! However, when his brother-in-law's niece moves in temporarily, the dopey Jimmy is totally infatuated and soon behaves like an even bigger dope. At times, he is a little creepy--like a stalker--and I wish the film had not made him quite so extreme and creepy here. But, just when it seems to have gone over the top, it fortunately finds its way.

Throughout the story, there are LOTS of wonderful characters. The nephew, Bob, is great. So is the Banana Lady and many other folks scattered throughout the film. This is DEFINITELY a film for those who like independent cinema and want a film totally un-Hollywood in style. Well worth seeing despite a few lulls.

By the way, that's the director, David Boyle, inside the coffin in the funeral home segment! He's the second body you see and you have to look close for him in his trademark geek glasses. This is a WONDERFUL touch for his fans--as is seeing a poster for "White on Rice" in his previous film, "Big Dreams Little Tokyo"! Cute.

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