1. http://www.indiegogo.com/littletaikoboy

    Dancer/Actor Kiyoshi talks about Little Taiko Boy and the fundraising campaign for the Community Center AKTA installation for Worlds AIDS Day.

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  2. Actor Eric Dean talks about Little Taiko Boy and how to contribute to the fundraising campaign for the Community Center AKTA installation for Worlds AIDS Day.


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  3. Little Taiko Boy combines Western holiday traditions, Shinto mythology and Japanese gay culture to advocate a very different way of wrapping gifts for a loved one.

    Little Taiko Boy's soundtrack is a safer-sex parody of the American Christmas carol "The Little Drummer Boy" interspersed with the slow rumble of a traditional Japanese taiko drum that sounds like a massive throbbing heart beat. Against this backdrop, several men meet in Tokyo's bathhouses, love hotels and cruising spots for intimate encounters, watched over by a glamorous drag version of Amaterasu Omikami, the Shinto goddess of the Sun played by Japanese activist and artist MADAME BONJOUR JOHNJ. Like a queer Santa Claus, the goddess leaves each couple a condom in a bejeweled wrapper as a gift and blessing for the night.

    While Little Taiko Boy's setting is local to Tokyo, the contrasting elements woven together within the video emphasize how universal its issues are: the music brings together the modern and the traditional, the East and the West; the images depict the carnal and the spiritual, and ancient deities take up new roles in the modern world. And despite the urgency of its safer-sex message, the video not only embraces sensuality wholeheartedly, but does so with humor; after all, there is nothing "little" about either the Taiko drummer or the drum he beats.

    Jackson made several trips to Japan in the course of developing Little Taiko Boy, working closely with AKIRA THE HUSTLER and Madame Bonjour JohnJ at Rainbow Ring’s COMMUNITY CENTER AKTA. The LGBT center and gallery takes an innovative, localized approach to community work that includes condom "Delivery Boys" who have done outreach and condom distribution in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-Chome district since 2003. The ‘Goddess Edition’ condom cases that Amaterasu Omikami gifts in Little Taiko Boy are inspired by the artist designed series produced by Community Center AKTA. Jackson made the video with a grant from ART MATTERS, a foundation created to assist artists who make work intending to break ground aesthetically and socially.

    Bryan Jackson | Director
    Quyen Tran | Director of Photography
    Dickie Greenleaf | Music

    Cesar Cipriano | Little Taiko Boy
    Eric Dean | Cruising Man
    Viet Hoang | Bathing Man
    Madame Bonjour JohnJ | Amaterasu Omikami
    Jeff Manabat | Business Man
    Kiyoshi Shido | Hustler
    Derek Lui | Drunk Businessman
    Eric Hsu | Lonely Man
    Richard Minor | Tengu Dancer #1
    Pade Weng | Tengu Dancer #2
    Kiyoshi Shishido | Tengu Dancer #3

    Asuka Murata | Assistant to Director
    Sam Riegel | First AC
    Hiromasa Tamai | Gaffer

    JoAnn Hockersmith | AD
    Michael Hofeldt | Art Director
    Roxanna Shih | Choreographer
    Brian Baugh | VFX
    Hiroko Honda | Make-Up & Hair
    Akiko Matsumoto | Make-Up & Hair
    Valeria Kohakura | First AC
    Edward Alva | Grip
Matt Cheah | Grip
    Joseph Chen | Grip
    Katie Faulknor | Grip
    Andrew Nguyen | Grip
    Ed Silla | Grip
    Harrison Lees | Art Department
    Akira the Hustler
    Bruce Yonemoto
    Community Center Akta
    Gai Gherardi
    Joe Wilbur
    Kosaku Kanechika
    Midoriya Studio
Noritaka Minami
    Rainbow Ring
    Sanwa Cine Equipment Rental
    Video Studio UC Irvine
    Yoichi Kunii

    This video was funded in part by a grant from Art Matters.

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