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Big Dreams Little Tokyo (2006)

Big Dreams Little Tokyo (2006)

Big Dreams Little Tokyo





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"Big Dreams Little Tokyo" is a story of Boyd, an American with an uncanny ability to speak Japanese. Boyd aspires to succeed in the world of Japanese business but finds himself mostly on the outside looking in. Meanwhile, his roommate, Jerome is a Japanese American who has always felt too American to be Japanese but too Japanese to be American. He aspires to be a sumo wrestler but finds his weight and blood pressure are thwarting his dreams. Together, they struggle to find their place in the world where cultural identity is seldom what it seems.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dave Boyle
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On DVD: Jul 22, 2008


Michael Yama
as Mr. Ozu
Michael Birkeland
as Mr. Stephens
Pepe Serna
as Mr. Gonzalez
James Kyson
as Murakami
Bobby Suetsugu
as Mr. Sugimoto
Mio Takada
as Mr. Gondo
as Mr. Gondo
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Big Dreams Even Bigger Reality

Big Dreams Little Tokyo is anything but a little indie movie. Directed, written and inspired by Dave Boyle, Big Dreams is a story of moving up in the world, even if the world you live in isn?t easy. This story is told through the eyes of an American businessman named Boyd who is also played by Boyle, and his friend Jerome who is an aspiring Sumo wrestling Japanese American. Both Boyle and Jerome share a common bond not because they are roommates but because they both have trouble adjusting to the Japanese culture in an American city. Despite being fluent in Japanese, having written a book, and owning several language school chains, Boyle often finds himself on the outside looking in at the Japanese society. Jerome on the other hand, struggles with weight and health issues concerning his sumo career, and finds it difficult with not being Japanese enough and too Japanese to help Boyle teach English. At times Boyle?s character seems dry, lacking of emotion, and a bit over working and obsessed to get his business afloat. In contrast, Jerome seems often lazy and more concerned with eating than with helping pay for the rent. However, both of these clashing personalities are able to blend perfectly together and mold a true tale of triumph. Big Dreams is not about big dreams. It?s about making big dreams and any dream a reality. Throughout the story we see Boyle get rejected and ridiculed time and time again. However, he does not lose hope and continues to keep his entrepreneurial spirit alive. Anyone will tell you that starting and maintaining a business isn?t an easy task by no means. But the drive that you have and the friends and partners that you meet along the way is what really gets things started. The fact that Dave Boyle, wrote, directed, and even starred in the script tells a lot. Big Dreams Little Tokyo is anything but a dream. It?s a reality.

ian moore

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