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The Japanese Sandman (2008)

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At once wryly comedic travelogue and heartbreaking tale of love lost, THE JAPANESE SANDMAN is a visual interpretation of a letter William Burroughs' wrote to Allen Ginsberg in 1953, ... See full summary »

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Ed Buhr
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John Fleck ... William S. Burroughs
Stephen Twardokus ... Young William Burroughs
Nick Niven Nick Niven ... Billy Bradshinkel
Amy O'Neill ... Mom & Officer's Wife
Sam Slovick Sam Slovick ... Bill Gains
Cristina Nava ... Panamanian Whore
Darcey Leonard Darcey Leonard ... Panamanian Whore
Leigh Rose ... Grandmother
Raymond Lopez Jr. Raymond Lopez Jr. ... Panamanian Civil Servant (as Ray Lopez)
Ferd Eggan Ferd Eggan ... Jones the Cab Driver
Amanda Ferguson Amanda Ferguson ... Officer's Wife
Eleanor Estes Eleanor Estes ... Officer's Wife
Keston Ridley Keston Ridley ... The Hip Spade
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At once wryly comedic travelogue and heartbreaking tale of love lost, THE JAPANESE SANDMAN is a visual interpretation of a letter William Burroughs' wrote to Allen Ginsberg in 1953, recounting his travels in Central America. Told through Burroughs' wickedly incisive voice, cocaine snorting in Panama and post-prom hand-jobs in 1931 St. Louis become a meditation on loss, memory and the human condition. Written by Ed Buhr

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Amy O'neill's return to acting after a fourteen year hiatus. She previously retired from acting in 1994. See more »

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If you've read "The Yage Letters", it's easily recognizable
5 March 2015 | by atapjSee all my reviews

Very well done, pleasant short taken from WSB's first letter to Allen Ginsberg that opens the book. The Burroughs character here is sequential to Mortensen's (excellent) and Sutherland's (abysmal) portrayals in On The Road and Beat. Both John Fleck and Stephen Twardokus do quite well representing the author as an awkward youth and the more familiar cynical junkie, Fleck is particularly on point,completely nailing WSB's nasal intonation and demeanor. The alternating use of color and B&W for telling the "then" and "now" stories works quite well, even though the hairstyles and appearance of the supporting characters fail to render the early 50's setting.


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English

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15 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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