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Painted Desert ()

directed by Masato Harada
featuring James Gammon, Nobu McCarthy, Kazuya Kimura, Priscilla Pointer, Don Opper

Veteran director Masato Harada spins this Bagdad Café-style drama about a group of quirky strangers stuck in the desert. The film opens with a yakuza named Jiro (Kazuya Kimura) staggering into a remote tumble-down café with an ugly shoulder wound. The place is run by tough-as-nails Japanese-American woman Sari (Nobu McCarthy), who toils as the establishment's only waitress and cook. After convalescing, Jiro reveals some surprising skills -- his culinary prowess would put Alice Waters to shame. Soon the café's handful of ...

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