A Mission led him to Japanese Comedies

Dave Boyle is building a promising career on indie Japanese-themed comedy. His new film, "White on Rice," a special-jury-prize winner at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, is about a ne'er-do-well 40-year-old man who lives with his sister's family. Boyle made his filmmaking debut in 2006 with "Big Dreams Little Tokyo," about a friendship between a white man who is determined to become a Japanese businessman and a Japanese man who longs to break into sumo wrestling.

"Big Dreams Little Tokyo" played at several film festivals and earned DVD distribution last year. It's available on Netflix.

Boyle has made sure that "White on Rice" opens in theaters. In a system he calls "self-distribution with a partner," the movie will open in two Los Angeles theaters, then expand slowly around the country.

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