Big Dreams Little Tokyo

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Big Dreams Little Tokyo
Big Dreams Little Tokyo FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Dave Boyle
Produced by Duane Andersen
Meg Boyle
Written by Dave Boyle
Music by Mark Schulz
Cinematography Bill Otto
Edited by Duane Andersen
Scott Hurst
Release date
  • 2006 (2006)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Big Dreams Little Tokyo is a 2006 feature-length motion picture written and directed by Dave Boyle. The film premiered November 2, 2006 at the AFI Festival in Hollywood, California and is released on DVD through Echo Bridge on July 22, 2008.


The film was the feature debut of Boyle who conceived the idea while living in the Japantown area of Sydney, Australia. Many of the characters in the film were based on people he met and interacted with while there. It was shot in the summer of 2005 in San Jose and San Francisco, California as well as Salt Lake City, Utah. Big Dreams Little Tokyo was produced by Duane Andersen and Megan Boyle.


The film tells the story of Boyd (played by Boyle), 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 (Jayson Watabe), 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 a world where cultural identity is seldom what it seems.


Actor Character
David Boyle Boyd
Jayson Watabe Jerome
Rachel Morihiro Mai
Drew Knight Andy
Pepe Serna Mr. Gonzalez
Michael Yama Mr. Ozu
James Kyson Lee Murakami
Sonny Saito Mr. Tanaka
Bobby Suetsugu Mr. Sugimoto
Naohiro Takita Mr. Fuji


Name Position
David Boyle Writer and Director
Duane Andersen Producer
Meg Boyle Producer
Bill Otto Cinematographer
Erica Elmer Production Designer
Mark Schulz Music scoring
Duane Andersen Editor
Scott M. Hurst Editor


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