Nishi-Kawaguchi is my story about an American living in Japan who gets mixed up with a crooked loan shark. Martial Arts with some humor but I also want some drama!
Nishi-Kawaguchi is the city my partner Becca and I lived in while we were teaching English in Japan, it’s in Saitama Prefecture. It really is a wonderful place that literally had anything and everything we ever dreamed of. It is ironic that I am exploiting one of the more popularized, although over-hyped perspectives of Nishi-Kawaguchi because I felt right at home there. Everyone was friendly to us and the food was delicious. Delicious food is a top priority.
Toru really was amazing on this project, he helped me with the Japanese speaking parts of the script, let me punch on him and drove an hour just to help with the shoot. His acting really is spot on, I couldn’t be happier with his performance.
Lok is the Lead Lighting Artist for DreamWorks Animation and is in high demand these days. We were lucky to have him work on this project. He was instrumental on set.
This was my first attempt at a web-series and I am happy with what we made.
Mister Donut is the best
Nishikawaguchi Station West
Toru Matsumura is amazing
All-Star Cast: Takeshi Yamamoto – Toru Matsumura Bozu – Alan Godshaw Patrick McPheron – Director of Photography Lok Hwa – 1st AD Chris Dowske – Sound Becca Hunter – Script Supervisor Toru Matsumura – Script Supervisor (Japanese)
I have been doing Martial arts my whole life. I personally have no specific style, but I have a 5th Dan in Shotokan Karate. I equally enjoy all other interpretations of Karate-do. I also love training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing, wrestling, and Muay Thai. While living in Japan, I also trained in Judo.
Here are some pictures from different publications with friends.
*Ring Ring (actual phone sounds)
Patrick: “Hey, bring your sword over here and some of that fake blood, I have an idea.”
Patrick McPheron did his magic with the camera, he really is the best. Just some character type things that may or may not be used in any future projects. I really love these. Fun with swords? Yes, please. If I ever do finish writing some scripts, this character will most likely go to a Joseph Gordon-Levitt type, you know, a skinny not bald person.
Patrick McPheron made this beautiful yet eerie gem featuring our wonderful friend Jacquelyn Grissom. It’s real spooky, child. I helped out with the music, but I just had to make a post of it so it can get more exposure. Oohh Child. Alternatively, this could be a really great commercial for ‘Swans Down.’ (It’s on the ground near the end) Make up by was done by the talented Obi Martinez. Please Enjoy, Alan
On this glorious day, I would like to share with you something of an intimate nature. My mother was born in Matanzas Cuba and successfully escaped to America. I feel as hard as that may have been for her, the really hard part was that she was without her parents for a whole year before they reunited. I really can’t imagine how difficult that must have been for her. Despite everything she went through, there is no other person more full of life and love than my mother. Undoubtedly, she is equally strong as she is compassionate. It must have taken incredible resolve to get through it all. She teaches Karate for a living, I know, right? Recently, I stumbled across a wonderful BBC documentary following the journey of the Havana City Boxing Club’s national team. It is really amazing to see how skilled these children are at their craft. The kids are aiming at an Olympic medal, which could literally change their whole world. I watched this documentary partly as a metaphor for my mom overcoming adversity and partly because I love Boxing.
Watch this documentary!
I don’t want to give away any of the film, but it does showcase a Havana and Mantanzas Boxing rivalry, the state of modern day Cuba and how resilient these kids are to put up with so much hierarchic bullshit. Even if you don’t have a mom that escaped from Cuba, you can enjoy this documentary, if only to change your perception of how fortunate we are. I am inspired by one of the kids, Cristian, whose father was a Boxing Olympic gold medalist. I’m sure there is no pressure on him to be an overachiever, right? In any event, watching him shadow box is poetry in motion.