White on Rice

White on Rice makes its world premiere today at the 2009 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. We had a chance to see an advance screening of the film. It’s hilarious.

White on Rice stars a buch of Asian Americans including Hiroshi Watanabe, Nae, Mio Takada, Lynn Chen, James Kyson Lee, Justin Kwong, Joy Osmanski, Cathy Shim, and Kayako Takatsuna. Here’s a synopsis of the film:

Director David Boyle (“Big Dreams Little Tokyo”) returns with his sophomore effort, “White on Rice,” the comedic story of Jimmy (Hiroshi Watanabe, “Letters from Iwo Jima”), a misguided 40-year-old divorcee
trying to navigate his way through a new life in America and out of his sister Aiko’s (Japanese Academy Award winner Yuuki Nae) basement. Disgraced by his disgruntled brother-in-law Tak (Mio Takada, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”), the immature yet adorable Jimmy spends his nights in search of a new wife who shares his love of dinosaurs and geology. Things go horribly awry when Jimmy falls desperately in love with Tak’s niece, the beautiful Ramona (Lynn Chen, “Saving Face”), and vows to steal her away from his co-worker Tim (“Heroes”‘ James Kyson Lee). Meanwhile, Bob, Jimmy’s newphew and bunkbed mate, harbors a secret talent that holds the key to rekindling the passion in his parents marriage. Hilarious and heartwarming, “White on Rice” is a Japanese American comic treat for the whole family.

White on Rice Trailer

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