April 3 – 14
At Tower City
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Run Time: 86 minutes
Meet Boyd Wilson, card-carrying businessman. Boyd has almost completely assimilated to Japanese culture: he speaks fluent Japanese; he has mastered the use of chopsticks; and he doesn't squirm at the sight of a raw fish carcass at dinner. But Boyd doesn't live in Japan; he lives in California. An overeager entrepreneur, he cycles around Japantown trying to sell his book "The Power of Words" to anyone who looks even remotely Asian. With few takers, Boyd supplements his meager income by teaching Japanese to his live-in student Jerome, a Japanese-American aspiring to be a sumo wrestler. Just shy of making the weight limit for sumo school, Jerome constantly eats and rarely moves, much to the dismay of Boyd. When Jerome overeats himself into the hospital, Boyd meets Mai, a cute Japanese nurse in need of some extra (English) lessons. As Boyd's dreams get bigger, cross-cultural follies ensue. Writer/director/actor Dave Boyle delivers effortless comedy in the entirely unique BIG DREAMS LITTLE TOKYO. (In English and Japanese with English subtitles) – E.J.B.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Dave Boyle was raised in Tuscon. He studied Japanese Language and Literature at Brigham Young University, then served a two-year mission in Sydney, Australia where he learned to speak Japanese. Things have never been the same since.
BIG DREAMS LITTLE TOKYO (2006), "White on Rice" (2009), "Surrogate Valentine" (2011)