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San Francisco musician Goh Nakamura (playing himself) is barely scraping by playing live gigs and teaching guitar. So when a filmmaker friend asks him to teach guitar lessons to TV star Danny Turner for his upcoming movie role, Goh jumps at the chance. While on tour together, things get complicated when Goh's high school flame Rachel shows up.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: David Boyle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Indie Blitz
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O3WLGU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,928 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Saw the screening of this wonderful indie film at the Seattle International Film Festival. The movie is set in San Francisco, Seattle and LA; it captures that relaxed, west coast indie vibe perfectly. The film was shot in black and white because, according to the director Dave Boyle, "Goh [the star of the film] looks better in black and white." (to which Goh quipped during the Q&A, "I need to find a color blind girlfriend.").

The movie follows Goh Nakamura (who plays himself) on a journey of self-discovery as his quirky, talentless-yet-egocentric "new best friend" and "wingman" (played by Chad Stoops) forces him to ponder the romance (or lack thereof) in his life.

Goh's music was the inspiration for the film and deserves accolades apart from it; but when combined with Boyle's film-making skills, it's indie perfection.
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Viewed the movie at the Seattle International Film Festival, Loved it, LOVED IT! Goh is funny and very talented! I enjoyed the music, the wit, the shy love, the filmography; all of it! Dave Boyle created an excellent piece with Goh Nakamura, Chadd Stoops (Danny) and Lynn Chen (Rachel). It's not often I purchase a movie for viewing more than once (like music), but this was deserving, not to mention it has music I want to hear again and again.

Glad I got to see it at the SIFF too, managed to score a signed copy of the DVD along with the soundtrack! Rock on!
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You can tell director Dave Boyle was influenced by the likes of The Beatles HELP! and other great and quirky rock n' roll films. SURROGATE VALENTINE captures the quirky, bittersweet yet hopelessly romantic music by Bay area based singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura. Don't let his laid back, "hey dude" NoCal veneer trick you. Goh is a triple threat, and one heckuva singer and lyricist. It is truly surprising to see such a natural performance for a guy who's never acted before. I've seen this film a number of times and each new viewing gets better and better.

This Cassavetes inspired road movie makes you want to root for the down on his luck singer who wanders aimlessly like an Asian American Man in Black. Like all rock n' roll films, there's always tinges of sadness and cynicism. But, with a crush-worthy performance by Lynn Chen as our hero's object of affection, the film is fulfilling but leaves you wanting more, and also provides that ray of hope for said hero. SV is actually part 1 of a planned trilogy, so I can't wait to see where Goh's journey goes next!
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This movie made me laugh and cry at SXSW. Wasn't sure what to expect but was pleased and surprised to discover a beautifully shot, moving film, thanks in large part to Goh Nakamura's nuanced performance and Dave Boyle's direction/camera work. Highly recommend for first dates.
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By kriso on April 21, 2012
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Loved the bittersweet story. Goh is a master at the guitar and his original music and lyrics are beautifully written; accompanied by his singing, it's magical.
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