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  • Daylight Savings | Review

    SXSW FILM 2012

    By | March 17, 2012

    Director: Dave Boyle

    Writers: Dave Boyle, Goh Nakamura, Joel Clark, Michael Lerman

    Starring: Goh Nakamura, Yea-Ming Chen, Michael Aki, Lynn Chen, Ayako Fujitani

    I should probably start off by confessing that I have never seen Dave Boyle’s Surrogate Valentine, but it has been on my must see list ever since its premiere at SXSW 2011. Daylight Savings is the sequel to Surrogate Valentine; luckily it works well as a standalone film, though I imagine a knowledge of Surrogate Valentine would probably help flesh out some of the characters…

    Daylight Savings finds Goh (Goh Nakamura) on the verge of making it big as a singer-songwriter; he is about to embark upon his first national tour and his songs are being prominently featured in TV commercials. Goh also finds himself planning to take the next big step in a long-term relationship by moving to Los Angeles to live with his girlfriend. Just prior to his move, Goh gets dumped via Skype; he must therefore move to Los Angeles on his own. Unfortunately, Goh’s string of bad luck does not end there…

    Goh meets Yea-Ming (Yea-Ming Chen), a fellow musician who is enjoying a comparable measure of success. They talk and flirt, but Yea-Ming plays hard to get. Confused, Goh turns to Mike (Michael Aki) — his bad boy cousin — for some much needed dating advice. Mike convinces Goh that, rather than driving directly to Los Angeles, they should take a detour to Las Vegas where Yea-Ming is playing a gig; but first they must visit San Juan Bautista. This is where Daylight Savings temporarily transforms into a quirky, road trip/buddy movie…

    Writer-director Dave Boyle’s Daylight Savings is presented like a classic piece of Eastern Asian cinema with gorgeous black and white cinematography (Bill Otto) that is infused with doses of modern United States culture — such as Goh Nakamura’s musical score that features songs performed by Nakamura and Yea-Ming Chen (of DreamDate). Ethnicity is, however, a total non-factor in the narrative; Goh is not an Asian-American singer-songwriter, he is just a singer-songwriter. Daylight Savings is a sweet and tender existential love story that deserves to be seen, especially by fans of Goh Nakamura and DreamDate’s music. And let’s just say that Surrogate Valentine has been bumped up a few more notches on my must see list…

    Rating: 7/10

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    • Moogs

      Saw this last night at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, where it was the opening night feature. Really enjoyed it. Thankfully devoid of stereotypes (well, stereotypes of the Asian variety anyway). Breakout performance by Michael Aki who plays Goh Nakamura’s cousin.