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Big in Japan (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music | 20 February 2015 (USA)
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A struggling Seattle Rock band, Tennis Pro, take one last shot at making it big as they embark on a comical musical odyssey in Tokyo with hopes to prevent their day jobs from becoming their careers.


John Jeffcoat


John Jeffcoat
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Credited cast:
David Drury David Drury ... David
John Jeffcoat ... Dax
Aya Kawahara Aya Kawahara ... Cello Girl
Yuko Kawahara Yuko Kawahara ... Cello Girl's Mother
Sean Lowry ... Sean
Tiffany Lowry Tiffany Lowry ... Tiffany
Kailena Mai ... Claire the Seattle Bar Patron
Robin Marsh Robin Marsh ... Robin (Phil's wife)
Ken Nishijo Ken Nishijo ... Bouncer
Phillip Peterson ... Phil
Adam Powers ... Mans
Maki Sato Maki Sato ... Bassist for The Harpy's
Yumiko Shimizu Yumiko Shimizu ... Resident Prostitute
Alex Vincent Alex Vincent ... Alex
Tomohisa Yamaguchi Tomohisa Yamaguchi ... Drummer for The Harpy's


Big in Japan is a rock and roll road movie about a struggling Seattle band determined to not fade away. The film, which is based loosely on actual events, follows real life rockers, Tennis Pro, as they travel to Japan- a last ditch attempt to prevent their day jobs from becoming their careers. Director John Jeffcoat (Outsourced) utilizes a fresh narrative approach, guerrilla production style mixed with an international storyline to craft a dynamic and entertaining story where music and film intersect with two cultures to reveal simple, oftentimes hilarious, universal truths. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Music


Not Rated


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USA | Japan



Release Date:

20 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA See more »

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Location sound man Adam Powers also acts as 'Mans' in the movie with other cast members filling in to hold the boom while he is on screen. See more »

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Two drummers for The Harpy's is listed, but a guitarist is not. See more »

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Just a fun band road trip, you'll laugh repeatedly
22 September 2014 | by lisagaejonesSee all my reviews

This movie is hilarious in so many ways, from the hallucinatory trip (using only Japanese cultural imagery) after drinking a mysterious Japanese cocktail, the band's sorry accommodations in Tokyo, their day jobs in Seattle, romance, band family issues, cool animation, to the massage of all massages, and that's just a smattering of plot elements. The movie answers some tough questions, such as, Can you really sell a beat-up van and reap enough money for three people to travel to Japan? What old Seattle band is the most popular band in Japan? Why is Nirvana such a disturbing word? Will your wife feel okay about you sharing a room with a hooker? If you fall asleep at a bar in Tokyo what happens? What tattoo would you get in Japan if you had nothing else to do? Did you know that record execs are not very loyal? Can cello music make you cry? Believe me, you'll find out. Happily, this is not another "mockumentary," but a movie about a real Seattle band that isn't making it anymore (if it every did) and wants to try one more time to be huge ...somewhere! I am a boomer and though the music and grunge references are not a big part of my life, that doesn't matter. If you love music, road trip movies and the genuinely bizarre, you will enjoy yourself immensely watching "Big in Japan."

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