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 has anything and everything we ever dreamed of. It is unfortunate that I am exploiting one of the more popularized, although over-hyped perspectives of Nishi-Kawaguchi, the Yakuza presence because I always felt right at home. Everyone was kind to us, it was easy to make friends, and the food was delicious.
Mister Donut is the best
Nishikawaguchi Station West
Toru Matsumura is amazing
Toru Matsumura really was amazing on this project, he helped me with the Japanese speaking parts of the script and drove an hour to act in the shoot. His acting really is spot on, I couldn’t be happier with his performance.
Lok Hwa 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.
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 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.” Alan: “<3”
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 these 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 really spooky, child. I helped create the music, so I wanted to make a post about it so it can get more exposure! Oooh, 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.