Tokyo Project

Synopsis: Sebastian is on a business trip to Tokyo. Handsome and hip, Sebastian represents a high-end Brooklyn men's grooming product company that has been finding much success in Japan. But while his business is going well, there's a sadness in Sebastian that's not hard to notice- a past that's haunting him. He's also fascinated with a woman he has seen at his hotel. Claire. Beautiful and mysterious, Claire and Sebastian keep running into each other. There's clearly an attraction there between these two strangers. And so begins an erotic, highly charged night between these two Americans traveling in a foreign land. But all is not what it seems. Truth is fiction, and fiction the new reality. And these stranger's dark pasts have more in common then you might think.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Short
Director(s): Richard Shepard
Production: HBO Films
32 min

Hi, it's me.

Oh, man, I wish I could

share this with you.

It's not the same,

you know,

seeing this alone...

without your opinion.

Without the way that

you, uh... you see things.

I really wish you were

having dinner with me tonight.

I wish a lot of things.

But you're not.

You are not having dinner

with me tonight.

And I gotta start

accepting the fact

that you're probably not ever

gonna have dinner with me again.

I'm really tired.

Uh, they say

you're supposed to...

you know, stay up until at

least 9:
00 your first night here.

I don't think

I'm gonna make it.

I don't like leaving

messages on machines.

Does anyone even

do that anymore?

I mean, I guess

they must, but...

But is anybody

even listening?

Bowie makes...

very simple...

a high-quality

men's grooming line

manufactured from the finest

organic ingredients available.

Now, every product

in our line

from our shave soap

to our post-shave oil,

to the hair

and mustache wax,

are manufactured entirely

in our warehouse

in Greenpoint, Brooklyn,

in the exact same space

where my grandfather

and his brother

developed their own

men's grooming line

over 75 years ago.

This is our

signature cedar blend.

May I?

It's a brand that

young people in Japan,

fascinated by New York

and Brooklyn specifically,

can get really excited about.




- Brooklyn!

- Brooklyn!

- Brooklyn, New York.

- Williamsburg.

- Brooklyn, New York.

- Brooklyn.

Brooklyn, New York.


- Brooklyn!

- Brooklyn!

Brooklyn, New York!

Brooklyn! Brooklyn!

Brooklyn, New York.

New York.




New York.




New York.


- New York.

- Brooklyn.

- Brooklyn.

- Brooklyn.

New York.

Taxi, please.

Thank you.

Thank you.


Ramen? Ramen.

Ramen! Yes!

Thank you! Arigato!

Oh, thank you so much.


Sorry. Excuse me.

This is not even mine.

I'm a black book thief.

You must have

a lot of Bibles.

Try the Number Two.

It's crazy delicious.

I'll have the Number One.

Can you ask them about

"Killing of a Chinese Bookie?"

- Sure.

- Thanks.

Ah! "Opening Night."

"Opening Night?"

- "Opening Night."

- Yes. Even better.

Yeah, John... yeah.


Ask them if they can, like, work a deal.

I bought, like,

half the store.

Like a discount.

Teeny, teeny...

No. Sorry.

No. No.

Sorry. Rare item.

No, no, no, no.

I get it.

Thank you. Arigato.

We got to sell

a lot more cologne.

Yeah, yeah.

Like a crateful.


Oh. Look.

Oh. I'm so sorry. I...

It's okay.

I totally forgot.

Shu, it's fine.

Okay. We lost ours a different way.

And no scary dwarf.


But we'll leave that here.

It's gotta be the only one

you're not buying

in this store, right?

Are you guys

gonna pull through?

Janet's there,

but you know, she's not.

Not at all.

We haven't touched

in months.


I mean, I tried,

but it's like, any kind

of physical sensation,

you know, or any kind

of pleasure at all...

it hurts her

too deeply.

We're like strangers now.

Maybe being strangers

is a good thing.

You know, gets rid

of the baggage

and allows you

to start again, right?

You know, don't hit me with

the old-school Zen sh*t there.

Come on.

Well, maybe f***ing a stranger

will do the trick.

Finally. You see?

There you go.

It's the first smart thing

that you said to me

since I got here.

Okay. Thank you.

Thank you!

Thank you.

Please enjoy.

Thank you.


I know "Food Sake Tokyo"

is an addictive site,

but this is crazy.

My name's Sebastian.

I'm a screenwriter.

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