Noted author Ryu Murakami writes and directs this road movie about New York, AIDS, and the Cha Cha. The film centers on Kyoko (Saki Takaoka), a vivacious yet fantastically naïve lass who ventures to the Big Apple to find the Cuban-American soldier who taught her to dance when she was young. She loses much of her life savings thanks to the dirty dealings of a limo driver cum con artist (Scott Whitehurst) as he drives her from Manhattan to Queens. Instead of turning the crook in, she reasons that that is just life in the crime-ridden United States, and befriends the guy. She finds her former teacher, José, dying of AIDS. Somehow, she convinces the limo driver, who has a heart of gold after all, to help her take José on one final trip to Miami, so he can visit his family one last time. During a pit stop on the way, an African-American child tries to swipe José's AIDS medication. Again she figures this is the way of America, and offers the kid a ride. Once in Florida, more patronizing clichés of America ensue. This film was produced by Roger Corman.
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