From Funahashi Atsushi, the director of the 2002 film Echoes
, comes an offbeat road movie like no other! In 2005's Big River
, a Japanese/Pakistani/American co-production, two men and one woman, all from decidedly different walks of life come together amidst the impressive landscape of Monument Valley, Arizona. To complement the film's arresting "road movie" narrative, director Atahashi and his co-writer/cameraman Eric Van den Brulle utilize wide-angle lenses, which help convey a wonderful sense of majesty in the desert scenes.
Somewhere deep within the Arizona desert, a Japanese hitchhiker named Teppei (Odagiri Jo from Bright Future and Shinobi) crosses paths with Ali (Kavi Raz), a middle-aged Muslim from Pakistan who only recently arrived to the United States. The two quickly become traveling companions, and when Ali's car breaks down, it's up to Teppei to find some gasoline.
While searching for fuel, he ends up meeting Sarah (Chloe Snyder), a fetching young woman from the local trailer park. Sarah's mechanical know-how soon comes in handy, as she diagnoses the problem and invites the men home with her so she can do some much needed mechanic work to Ali's ailing car. A budding flirtation soon develops between Sarah and Teppei, and not long after, Ali reveals why he came to America in the first place - to find his estranged wife, Nadia. Her current whereabouts point to Phoenix, but will Ali like what he finds there? Discover the truth in this cross-cultural tale about friendships that know no borders!