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Akira's Hip Hop Shop


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  • Actors: James Kyson Lee, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Cordele Taylor, Hidetoshi Imura, Jason Yorrick
  • Directors: Joe Doughrity
  • Writers: Joe Doughrity
  • Producers: Joe Doughrtiy, Joseph H. Shim, Ralph Wilson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: GLE
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 37 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IV612Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Akira's Hip Hop Shop" is a romantic comedy about a Japanese guy (James Kyson Lee, "Heroes") with a jones for rap music who falls in love with a Black girl (Emayatzy Corinealdi, "The Young & The Restless") with a passion for culinary arts.

Can they overcome prejudice from family, friends and society to find true love?

An award-winning short film written and directed by Joe Doughrity ("Seven Days in Japan").

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The story is realistic and true to life.
KR Oden
I'm glad I purchased it and it's a happy additon to my dvd collection.
S. Johnson
I just like the whole message of the film.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D.S.T. readah4life on March 18, 2009
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So very refreshing! I loved this so much! Where to start... First off, how cool is it to see a Korean leading man!!!! Jason act's his behind off too. His leading lady is a great and gorgeous actress. The story was complete and left me hungry for more. Secondly, I love seeing romances from any marginalized ethnic group just because it's so unjustly rare. But a Korean leading man (playing a Japanese man) and an African American leading lady ....WHAT!?!? They had mad chemistry and the love story was about two people feelin' each other and that transcended the IR subplot. I want more please. I almost can't get over the fact that a movie portrayed an Asian man as a sexy, whole man and not the typical crazed evil master mind or martial arts eunuch. Finally, it was plain entertaining. Definitely worth the rent or the purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on December 7, 2010
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Being in an AM/BF relationship myself I was really intrested in seeing what kind of take this film would have. It was totally cute. I like how the stereotypes were...rebuttled for lack of a better word.

The characters were well rounded and it was a joy to watch.

I only wish the movie was longer with more detailed character background and of course what happens after the fariy tale ending. what other difficulties did the couple face and how they were able to deal or not deal with them...that sort of thing. Other than that I thought it was super cute. I'm glad I purchased it and it's a happy additon to my dvd collection.

James Kyson Lee is hot.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader Rae on February 6, 2009
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This is a little festival circuit gem I came across via a Myspace bulletin. I was glad to check it out and I was thrilled when the short film was in the run for winning a Con-Can Film Festival Japan award. I'm a big indie fan and happily watched when IFC and Sundance first premiered with some very innovative films. It's not the same as it was back when the channels were in their infancy so I missed out on a lot of good indies. Thankfully there's networking all across the net!

Akira's Hip Hop Shop stars James Kyson Lee of Heroes fame and Emayatzy Corinealdi of the Young and the Restless fame at the heart of this short film. Akira is a Japanese man hardcore into hip hop and the owner of a music store of the same title. One day in comes a young woman named Daphne who strolls into his store shopping and inquiring if he's hiring. She's looking for a part time job while she finishes her degree in Culinary Arts - Major in Japanese cuisine.

Needless to say both Daphne and Akira hit it off right off the bat but soon are faced with the usual issues of an interracial relationship, the stares from stranges, the stereotypical questions from their friends, etc. And things become even more complicated when a childhood friend at home, one that Akira's mother has been calling his "future wife" comes for a visit...

The story may seem 'meh' from my description here but the characters and the heart of the story make this a very charming movie. Based on previous news, the director Joe Doughrity has written a feature length version of the script and is hoping to get that version of the ground this year. There aren't many romantic movies featuring an African-American heroine and an Asian Hero and I would love to see many more where this came from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Graham on October 9, 2009
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I loved this but I really think it should have been longer, I wanted to see more. I have always found some asian guys hot and this guy was DAMM HE HAD SEX APPEAL and she was beautiful. Loved this!
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By Anazette Hudson on December 8, 2010
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This was a great movie! I stumbled across it by accident and it's so different from anything I've seen. I was recently reading a book about the way in which Asian men are portrayed in mainstream Hollywood movies; you know, the typical stereotypes and one-dimensional-ality of their characters. Sadly, these stereotypes affect the general public that views such movies and these myths about Asian men being asexual or martial artists are taken as reality by many. Before seeing this movie, I couldn't think of a single movie where the Asian man played in a leading romantic role. The only other movie I could think of where an Asian man was paired with a Black woman in a sort of romantic way was "Romeo Must Die," (Aaliyah and Jet Li) but that's it. We definitely need more movies that show diverse interracial relationships. The director chose great actors for the roles. It was romantic and the comedy fell in just the right places. James Kysun Lee did a great job (I think he's so fine btw!) and his chemistry with Emayatzy was wonderful! I read the director wants to make this into a feature film, which I think would be soooo awesome. Hopefully, those in Hollywood won't shy away from this film. We need more diverse characters instead of movies that continue to uphold the status quo and stereotypes.
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By Yasmin Dudley on October 26, 2010
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Was so anxious to see this movie, but the ending was flat I felt the writer and director had more to say but ran out of money? Or I hope that was it, really good young actors and this will become more of a story with the World becoming more globally aware of different cultures.

Also it brought up a lot of the reality which is family continuity and family background is very important to the Asian community. Also most of these relationships might be very short and painful if you are expecting long commitment or marriage. Think hard about the consequences.
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