Hideki is a Japanese Salaryman who goes on an unwitting journey of self-discovery when he takes a business trip from Tokyo to a Montana cattle ranch, in the hopes of acquiring it to enter the American market in a hair-brained financial gamble. He soon gets a reality check on ranch life, facing insurmountable challenges from cultural clashes, to riding horses, to driving his rental car where roads don''t exist. For a number cruncher who only cares about widgets, he soon learns the value of people, as he goes through a life changing journey, and identifies a missing element that’s key to his own transformation.
TOKYO COWBOY, from American director Marc Marriott, is very much inspired by his own experience years ago living as a foreigner in Japan. He would return years later to apprentice for the great Yoji Yamada, the prolific director of the TORA-SAN film series. With the creative partnership of screenwriters Dave Boyle and Ayako Fujitani (MAN FROM RENO, TOKYO!), the result is an endearing film about a man who learns that value is in the people, not the numbers, and is willing for the romances of the Vast American Frontier to wash over him.
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Director(s): Marc Marriott
Producer(s): Brigham Taylor, Marc Marriott
Cast: Arata Iura, Goya Robles, Ayako Fujitani, Robin Weigert, Jun Kunimura
Cinematographer(s): Oscar Ignacio Jimenez