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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


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Release Date:

20 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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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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Very interesting example small film making
26 February 2016 | by michaeljtrubicSee all my reviews

interesting original premise

many remarkable scenes seemed to have been spur of the moment using real people most likely without permits

when small personal camera equipment can produce almost professional results you can expect to see more productions like these shot-on-a- shoestring ones coming around

surprisingly how enjoyable these things can be when you realize than so much of good film-making relies on a good premise, like-able characters, interesting scenery and unusual circumstances.

many larger productions throw money around to try to get what these film-makers have either gotten for next to nothing or maybe even for free.

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