Dave Boyle

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Dave Boyle
Boyle (right) with Pepe Serna and Ayako Fujitani
Dave Boyle

1982 (age 41–42)
Occupation(s)Director, writer, editor, actor
Years active2006–present

Dave Boyle (born 1982) is an American director, writer, editor, and actor. He has written and directed several movies that utilize primarily Asian or Asian-American casts, including the feature films Big Dreams Little Tokyo (2006), White on Rice (2009), Surrogate Valentine (2011), Daylight Savings (2012), and Man from Reno (2014), several of which have won awards at film festivals around the world.[1]

Early life[edit]

Boyle studied Japanese at Brigham Young University. He participated in Mormon missionary service in Australia.[2]


Big Dreams Little Tokyo[edit]

Big Dreams Little Tokyo (2006), Boyle's directorial debut, premiered at the AFI Festival in Hollywood, California. Boyle also stars in the film as the character "Boyd." The film also stars James Kyson Lee and Hiroshi Watanabe, who he would later work with on his next film, White on Rice. Boyle also conceived the idea for the film 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 living there. The film was shot in the summer of 2005 in San Jose and San Francisco, California as well as Salt Lake City, Utah, and the film was produced by Duane Andersen and Megan Boyle.

White on Rice[edit]

White on Rice (2009) was Boyle's second film, which screened at a variety of film festivals and which also won Screenplay Awards at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.[3] The film also stars Hiroshi Watanabe and James Kyson Lee from Big Dreams Little Tokyo as well as Lynn Chen. Actor Justin Kwong in the film also received a Jury Award from the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for "Talent to Watch." The film also received an Audience Award at the 2009 San Diego Asian Film Festival. The San Francisco Chronicle's Jeff Yang also called the film "a cinematic milestone."[4]

Surrogate Valentine[edit]

Boyle's third film was Surrogate Valentine (2011),[1] which stars indie musician Goh Nakamura, Chadd Stoops, Lynn Chen, Mary Cavett, Joy Osmanski and Parry Shen, and which screened at a number of film festivals, including SXSW (South by Southwest Film Festival). The film also won a Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2011 San Diego Asian Film Festival.[5][6][7] The film also won an Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2011 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and star Goh Nakamura received a Special Jury Prize from the Dallas International Film Festival for "Special Achievement in Acting."[8]

Daylight Savings[edit]

A sequel to Surrogate Valentine entitled Daylight Savings was released in 2012, which also stars Goh Nakamura as well as Yea-Ming Chen, Ayako Fujitani (the daughter of Steven Seagal), Lynn Chen, Michael Aki, Jane Lui, Joy Osmanski and more. The film also screened at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) as well as a number of other film festivals including the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the San Diego Asian Film Festival.[9] The film was also nominated for a Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.[10]

Man from Reno[edit]

Man from Reno is a neo-noir mystery film set in California's Bay Area that stars Pepe Serna as a small-town sheriff of a town south of San Francisco named Paul Del Moral and Ayako Fujitani as a Japanese crime novelist named Aki who travels to San Francisco to escape press tours on her most recent book. Del Moral investigates the "Running Man" (played by Hiroshi Watanabe from White on Rice), while the title character, Akira (played by Kazuki Kitamura), encounters Aki.[11] A mystery soon unfolds involving Akira, the Running Man, and a number of other diverse characters, including Derrick O'Connor as an elusive wheelchair-bound billionaire.[12] The film premiered at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won a Narrative Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature.[13][14][15][16][17]

Upcoming projects[edit]

Other films that Boyle is attached to direct include a Japanese detective story called Komorebi set in Osaka, as well as a film entitled Cover Band written by Matt Warren and David Zarif about a tribute band that goes back in time and end up taking the place of the original band in history.[18]

Boyle directed Netflix's Japanese drama series House of Ninjas, which premiered in February 2024.[19]




  1. ^ Dan Schoenbrun, Filmmaker Magazine, Five Questions with Director Dave Boyle, http://filmmakermagazine.com/41949-five-questions-with-daylight-savings-director-dave-boyle/
  2. ^ Chang, Richard (2009-09-10). "Forty-year-old virgin? Meet Asian America". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on 2021-05-02. Retrieved 2021-05-02.
  3. ^ "AWARD WINNERS | Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival". Asianfilmfestla.org. Archived from the original on 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  4. ^ Dave Boyle Bio, Cleveland International Film Festival, http://www.clevelandfilm.org/festival/special-programs/someone-to-watch Archived 2013-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Kung, Michelle (2011-03-04). "SXSW 2011: 'Surrogate Valentine' Director on His Plans For Self-Distribution - Speakeasy - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  6. ^ "Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | 'Surrogate Valentine' Director Dave Boyle". indieWIRE. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  7. ^ Scheib, Ronnie (2011-03-14). "Variety Reviews - Surrogate Valentine - SXSW Reviews - - Review by Ronnie Scheib". Variety.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  8. ^ Surrogate Valentine (2011) - Awards - IMDb, retrieved 2023-11-23
  9. ^ Peter Martin, SXSW 2012 Review: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, More Low-Key, Charming Romantic Adventures, http://twitchfilm.com/2012/03/sxsw-2012-review-daylight-savings.html
  10. ^ Daylight Savings (2012) - Awards - IMDb, retrieved 2023-11-23
  11. ^ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, LAFF 2014: A cross-cultural mystery in 'Man From Reno', http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-los-angeles-film-festival-2014-man-from-reno-20140618-story.html
  12. ^ Charlie Schmidlin, indieWire, LAFF Review: ‘Man From Reno’ A Fresh Neo-Noir Take On Deception And Identity In San Francisco, http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/laff-review-man-from-reno-a-fresh-neo-noir-take-on-deception-and-identity-in-san-francisco-20140618
  13. ^ Los Angeles Film Festival, Official Twitter, "This year's Narrative Jury Award goes to @thedaveboyle, director of @ManFromRenoFilm! #LAFilmFest #WorldPremiere" https://twitter.com/LAFilmFest/status/479777297382117377
  14. ^ Gregg Kilday, Hollywood Reporter, LAFF: Dave Boyle's 'Man From Reno,' Debra Granik's 'Stray Dog' Win Top Prizes, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/laff-dave-boyles-man-reno-713527
  15. ^ Saba Hamedy, Los Angeles Times, LAFF 2014: 'Man From Reno,' Debra Granik win top prizes, http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-laff-awards-stray-dog-man-reno-20140619-story.html
  16. ^ Jeff Labrecque, Entertainment Weekly, 'Man From Reno' wins top prize at L.A. Film Festival, http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/06/20/man-from-reno-la-film-festival/
  17. ^ Saperstein, Pat (2014-06-20). "'Man From Reno,' Debra Granik's 'Stray Dog' Win L.A. Film Festival Awards (Complete List)". Variety. Retrieved 2023-11-23.
  18. ^ Dan Schoenbrun, Filmmaker Magazine, Five Questions with Director Dave Boyle, http://filmmakermagazine.com/41949-five-questions-with-daylight-savings-director-dave-boyle/
  19. ^ Frater, Patrick (September 8, 2022). "Japan's Toho to Produce House of Ninjas, Modern Day Action Drama Series for Netflix". Variety. Retrieved September 8, 2022.

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