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Torrance, CA

I just happened to catch Doki-Doki this past weekend and found it to be an extremely enjoyable and thoughtful film.

I absolutely loved this..but sadly did not get to see the whole thing. (My Japan Studies teacher showed this to us in one class and the bell rang in the middle and then he lost the tape and retired...-_-;) but I can say that I really really thought it well made and it seemed to tie together the points my teacher made in class. =]

Nashville, Tennesee
this was an amazing film....i really could relate to the people in this film. people are people. i am so glad i stumbled on to this. i would recommend it to anyone who can see the subtleties of life.........

Abel Becerra
Cedarhill, Texas
Doki Doki is a great independent film. I saw it for the first time yesterday. I did see the Japanes culture a little differently. There everyday lives our just like ours.
And when you live in a big city. There is that sence of Isolation. Not taking the chance to speak to somone you see everyday might be the biggest mistake you ever made. There are alot of lessons in this film. I espespecially liked when both lead charactprs made a difference in the same persons life. The young stood to protect the lonely girl on the train. And the Lead character Yuni. Gave a word of wisdom to the same young girl that eventually safed her life. This movie is really good.

Kimberly Foster
Jacksonville, Fl
This film has haunted me for some months now. I finaly decided to do some research to find out more about it, and I'm so happy I have the opportunity to give a comment. I arrived home later than usual the night the film aired. I was not in the mood to do anything, so I turnned on the television. I was immediately drawn into the little moments of this film. With big gulps and no breaths I drank this film in like a thirsty child. It was incredibly refreshing, beautiful and thought prevoking. I often think about it, at the oddest moments, and smile because it won't leave me. I would love to see it again.....and again.

I was very happy the night that I decided to watch PBS, not to mentioned suprised. I thought that it portrayed Japan in a very nice light. It was refreshing to see Japan viewed differently in western culture. I've decided that "Doki Doki" is one of my favorite movies, and I don't have a lot of favorite movies.

Anthony Buglio
Chicago, IL
As was the case with most Doki Doki fans, I caught it on PBS by accident. Having lived in Japan the film immediately caught and kept my attention (especially the train scenes). Liked it so much I bought two copies of the DVD, one for me and one to circulate among my friends. I'm no critic, but this is definitely one of the best films I've seen in a very long time. Something we need to see as much as we'll want to see. As for the quesions:

Question 1. Yes, 4 years ago I took a very similar chance with a stranger and the results were amazing (I'm marrying her).

Question 2. Not in my experience. I've lived in Chicago, Kobe, and Osaka (3 large cities) and never felt isolated. On the flip side, I lived in a small vacation destination in Florida and couldn't have felt more isolated and disconnected.

Question 3. Again, having lived in Japan cured me of the western stereotypes of Japanese...Doki Doki did a great job of showing the Japan I came to know.

Rob D.
DFW, Texas
Doki Doki is a refreshing short film that exposes the subtleties of every day life through the observant eye. Taking place in Tokyo, the film revolves around the subway life and two of its passengers, young man and woman. Both have shared the same route for nearly three years. Without speaking to one another, both have a repressed love for one another that is eventually expressed. What makes this film particularly entertaining is the beautiful cinematography and sound. It's rare to see such a fine work with such a limited budget. I'm unaware of the film's cost but I can say that this is was the mater's thesis for Director Chris Eska. I can only assume that the budget was tight like many other student films. This is a very symbolic and visual film. It's a little more complex than it may actually seem at first viewing. Therefore, a second or third viewing might be anticipated. This is particularly an important element of the film. The fact that the viewer wants to watch it again and again has already proved that this film is a success of entertainment. Even more so due to the fact that it is a short film. Chris Eska has an eye, a future, and hopefully a full length feature on the way.

Arashi Yamato
Kanagawa, Kawasaki
This film is a great example which reflects upon more than just Japan. From my perspective, many people are very monotonous in that they do things the same day after day. They see movies and talk about doing things differently at some times, but I see that many people are prone to repeating their routines and they even do it without thinking. I guess it is just that they've been so adjusted to that enviornment and they don't want to disrupt it. This film has encouraged me greatly in that I now have the urge to challenge myself to question my habits and ways of doing things. I am now ready for adventure and risk! I think being uniformed is okay. But we must take the chance to try new things. Otherwise, we are just robots operating on an assemble line- never questioning and just doing things repeatedly, day after day.

Tennessee, USA
During my college break for Christmas holidays, I was alone and lonely in my dorm watching humdrum re-run after monotonously lame re-run when I happened upon this beautiful cinematography! I fell in love with it at the outset and was completely engaged throughout its entirety--and that's very unusual for me since I rarely EVER enjoy movies ( so many of them just aren't worth the time spent watching them ). Thank you for such a wonderful film!

San Antonio, TX
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this film (admittedly, we're both suckers for romantic comedy). This is one that I would enjoy having in my home collection. 2/10/05
i also chanced upon doki-doki and my sister and i watched it.. we loved it so much! it is such a wonderful film! praises to the directors, the writers and the actors/actresses.

I was watching TV with my parents and we were flipping some channels. At first I thought this was going to be boring, but then I got sucked in! It was so interesting, and I could relate very much with both Yumi and Makiko. Also, I thought Yosuke was very good looking. I enjoyed this film a lot, and would like to see it again!

Los Angeles, CA
I stumbled on this flipping through the channels. Glad I did! It was a wonderful piece of film that captures the climate of modern cities...self-absorption and isolation. Very surprising that a Texan could capture the nuances of Japanese people and customs, just shows how connected we are and can be in a world becoming more and more disconnected...A superb piece of film.

Livonia, MI
I loved this movie so much! its one of the best Movies i've seen in a while i would love to buy a copy of the video! I might in a while! Please i would love to see more of your films! ^_^!

I thought the film was very well done and had a positive message. The acting was very convincing and the theme came across without any immorality or profanity. Please make another one!

Arcadia California
I think Doki DOki is an amazing film. It captures all of the essential human emotions. It is really really good and I think everyone should watch it at least once in their life.

Victor Hvostik
Lebanon, IL
This film really moved me. I'd like to speak to Chris Eska, the one who made this beautiful film. Chris, I really enjoyed seeing your film because you showed American viewers a side of Japanese culture that is rarely found among our own. That is, the innocence that we Americans are losing at much earlier ages now, that the Japanese culture still has somehow held onto. It's odd to think that the male actor in your film had a difficult time being close to the female actress on screen(as decribed in your commentary), since our media pushes kids in our own country to lose their innocence at such an early age. Your film displayed innocence as something beautiful and very natural in Japanese culture. Thankyou for revealing something beautiful that has been overlooked in American movies today. I found your film to be a breath of fresh air! I hope you will do more films that concentrate on the rare qualities found in Asian culture.

Los Angeles
I watched "Doki Doki" last Saturday, here in Los Angeles, and I thought it was the most chaming story of emotions. I think many people can relate to Yumi's crush, and how scared she was when she decides to take a chance in opening her heart to the young man. I think we can also relate to the young school girl. I believe we all felt at some point in our teenage years how isolated and disconnected we were from what seemed like a connected world.

Grande Prairie, Alberta
DOKI-DOKI is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen! It made me cry so much ;_; i can really relate to Yumi on so many levels! (and, ok, Yosuke-san wa kakkoii ne!? *flail*) i wish there were more films such as this, and more pretty bubbles! whee! bubbles! but seriously folks, splendid job, I'd love to see more ~_^

south boston
This movie so well made when makkio stepped on the railing I thought she was going to jump and I was shocked when Yumi was proposed.

When I saw Dokki-Dokki I at first shocked that Yumi the main chacter But I felt This movie had it's up's and down and it realates really well with life.Since myself was born and raised in tokyo but moved here when I was 21.

I cried when I saw this film! It's so melancholy but inspired hope which is what most of the world needs. I'm asian and people don't make very many films showing the asian culture, I related to it very much... thank you for your contribution!

Tom Jensen
Tucson, Arizona
This is the first film I've seen made with real actors that could have been done by Miyazaki Hayao. Superlative! Thank you!

Hien Nguyen
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
When i viewed this independent film on pbs a week ago i was so in tuned with it's portrayal of Japanese young adult society. I thought the majority of the film, captured in black and white, showed more of emotion than detail which was a balance for its conclusion at the end when the hint of color appeared. I have never been more intrigued with such a film as this one except Lost in Translation.

Bethany Jackson
Houston, TX
It was brilliant,intriguing and suspenseful from beginning to end. I really enjoyed it.

D. Matthews Jr.
Akron, OH
I've never responded to a show via email or letter. But when I saw Doki Doki over the past weekend, I was moved to make a response. I really enjoyed the film. It was very well written and kept my attention the whole way through. It was innocent yet sensual. It was both very intriguing and suspenseful which kept the mind wondering. A very fun film that tickles your emotions, I loved it. Good Work.

Andrew Richter
Hamilton, OH
I saw the program Christmas night. I liked the message it conveyed, about contolling your destiny. I also liked the connection it made between the feelings of men in women, even those of other races.

Erik Dannevig
A great film, that is extremely focused, which is the usual error of so many of the short films I regularly enjoy. It is very coherent.

The most unique aspect for me, is the special contrast between freely expressed emotions, and Japanese culture. The actors really project their emotions quite concretely in the film, at times, almost too much so, to the point of being corny or sentimental. (not that this bothered me, in the context of the film)

As a Scandinavian heavily programmed to be extra polite in public, I tend to view Japanese culture as being similar. Heavy decorum is actively maintained. Yet this story is told so vividly, and the acting is so full joy and feelings, the film has exploded this stereotype for me. A delicious contrast.

Chris, the Universe needs you to make more films that resonate this strongly on what it means to be human.


Michael JS Cox
Vancouver BC Canada
Doki Doki reminded me of a series of French films I saw at the Banff Festival several years ago, that were shot in black and white, on video, and had a voice over narration for part or all of the story. Each was a mystery, as I recall, a roman a clef, they were very much like short stories both in the way they were told, which was in a series of STILLS, with some animation within the still images or by panning and zooming across/into the image, and by the formal use of the narrator. I really liked Doki Doki for that reason, and was wondering why the filmmaker chose to use narration only for the first half (?) of the film. I wish I had seen it from the start, but I caught most of it and congratulate you.

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI
Doki-Doki was very well done! I lived and went to high school in Osaka, Japan. I remember leaving my home in the morning and seeing the same people everyday. i never knew their names or where they were going or anything about them but i really did wonder sometimes. There were days when one of them wouldn't be at the station waiting and i would wonder why. In this way i really connected with Yumi. I think the film portrayed Japanese culture well. There is a great deal of self-restraint on the surface of Japanese culture and I can see how the west might sterotype this, so yes..... this does oppose stereotypes of the Japanese.

This film confirmed things that i've known about Japan and the Japanese people for quite some time, it gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge with people who have not experienced japan as i have. I might as well see what my buddys from highschool think too.

Yorktown, VA
As a former Japanese now living in the United States, the film 'Doki-Doki' brought back many memories living in Japan. The director,Chris Eska, as a gaijin, did an excellent job of capturing the sometimes almost comical yet often tragic and very serious courtship and lives of Japaneses people.

The director showed a keen eye for human behavior and will look forward to future works.

I only caught about the last half of this movie, but I loved what I saw. I really want to see the beginning so I can get the full effect and message of this film. I loved all of the characters, and I really loved the way they came together at the end. I could relate to both girls. I also loved at the end how it would cut back and forth between the girl on the bridge and the couple at the amusement park....amazing.

I'm just another fan who caught DOKI-DOKI while channel surfing. Indie films haven't sparked my interest much, but DOKI-DOKI has definately made me think twice. Everything about this film was amazing. I know the feeling of seeing strangers for years at a time but never interacting with them. The story and characters kept me hooked, and the conclusion was great. I can't wait to catch this film again sometime.

Ly Nguyen
Like many others, I "happened" upon Doki-Doki last night and could not tear myself away from it, not even for a second. The film is so well made and the story line combined with the music and the quality of the actors/actresses could not have been any better. I was enthralled by the characters and couldn't help feeling what they were experiencing. I must say the scene where Yosuke revealed that he remembered Yumi from pre-school was classic. Thank you, Chris Eska, for bestowing us with such a finely made film.

Roger Lee Jr
Irvington KY
I just had the opportunity to see the short film "Doki Doki" on Christmas Day, 04, on our Louisville PBS affiliate, and was very taken by the beauty of the film. As much as the outright beauty of the film, it's emotional depth, especially if you are one of those like the heroine who are painfully shy, makes for a very moving and touching story. The tension is held right to the finish, and makes one wonder why we don't get more of these type of films in American theatres. The film must have been relatively inexpensive to make, but told a real story with great elegance better than the quarter billion dollar Hollywood blockbusters do! Thanks to the filmmakers for an excelllent film!

Sean Bernard
River Forest, IL
This was the most enjoyable independent film I have ever viewed. I was up late one night and almost went to bed before it started. I am SO glad I overcame temptation to sleep and was able to be a part of Japanese culture for a short period of time. This film has made me rethink how I move through my days at school. I feel the same way Yumi does when I sit down in certain classes. I can feel the disconnectedness and cliques that occur in American culture and in the youth. This film has given me a step to move up on and inspired me to talk to some people I have been thinking about for a while. I feel that places like school foster immense feelings of isolation because of the random assignment in classes and the diversity among the students. Making friends isn't as hard as the human mind creates it to be and all it really takes is an extra push from the viewer´┐Żs standpoint. I got up from my couch having a new sense of unity and exposure to my world and that of other cultures. I slept very well that night, and I thank you for creating such a though provoking film. I myself am a independent film maker and I can honestly say in my opinion this film stands above the rest.

laurel, md
woo. i love this show, the first time i saw it was around 1:00pm and i was goin to sch the next day, but it was so good that i didn't wanna go to bed. i will really appericate it( and i mean not only me) if it possible to watch it everyday. even though am not form japan, but it sho and cast r the bomb. And Yosuke is so cute omg i think he is part of the reason i watch the sho. lol. holla back

Vinnie Cross
Stone Mountain, Georgia
This film touched me in away that most other movies can never do in a lifetime. The best scene is when yumi is suprsed by her crush when she turns the corner and he is there waiting for her with a drink. It suprises her and I to know that Yumi didnt Know that she was also his crush and he had wnated to talk to her. I also really liked it when the school girl from the subway is own the bridge and is about to jump and then it cuts back to them and the next image you see is bubbles on the tracks as if she had jumped nut then you see the bubbles are beeing blown by her as she remembers wht yumi gave her. This film was like an independent filmakers dream brought to lif and the use of black and white bring it to life even more. I give this film a very High Rating

El Paso, TX
First of all I loved this short, and I have tried connecting with strangers on a public transport, sometimes you don't even need to say a word, just a smile and you get surprised ohow people react, you remember that we are humans... I truly believe that larger the city more isolation you will get, but I think that the more isolated and the more conflicts on your feelings youll get a better chance to express different fellings... and from watching the film I did not get or was not even thinking abut the japanese culture what I actually though and ended u recalling is wath I stated above, where are human beings here and in Japan....

I caught this film last night on PBS and really enjoyed it! The soundtrack was excellent as well( Sigur Ros, My Bloody Valentine, etc..) I particularly liked the intercuts between the girl on the bridge and the couple on the amusement ride-brilliantly done! The use of Song # 3 by Sigur Ros during this scene was perfect-left a lump in my throat. Great job by the director!

Tony C.
San Diego, CA
This Japanese short film is one of the best short-films I have ever seen, it gives a glimpse of Japanese culture and how people act while riding a subway in Japan, everyone is very quiet, so that fact alone gives this story a feeling of validity, and makes this story possible in real life. I loved it.

Richardson, TX
I saw Doki-Doki last night. What a great idea -- a very fresh idea to make a film so enjoyable to watch. This is thoughtful film. It is wonderful to see a return to a film whose director is able to tell a story without moral offense. The film is able to draw on the strength of writing, photographic and acting talent without the crutch of the vulgar. Magnificent!

Jessy Turner
Mechanicsville, Virginia
What a night to channel surf! Here I was thinking I'd end up watching "Futurarama" on the Cartoon Network- instead, I stumbled across Independent Lens showing DOKI-DOKI; thank God. I've never heard of the show, partly because I rarely watch the PBS station (sorry), but the film had me riveted and wishing I saw it from the very start. Everything captivated me: the location, characters, storyline, and cinematic short, I was blown away and still recovering.
Major props, cast and crew!
Be expecting an order for this amazing short film soon.

morton, IL
i just saw DOKI-DOKI, and i was very much impressed. there was so much beauty captured in so many different ways. in yumi's shy smile, in the crowded streets of tokyo, in the fact that despite the language and culture differences, i could relate so easily to the characters,in the perception of strangers as friends waiting to be met, in the innocent plot, in maelstrom of emotions.... i loved it.

A very.. thought provoking and wonderful film! There was only one scene in the film that i was disappointed in. The scene where he turns around and explains how he saw her following her. Then he offers her a drink.I would have enjoyed that scene more if after following him for so long she would have gathered the courage to over come her shyness and confront him with HER "breakng the ice " not, him.

"With risk comes opportunity"

Binh D.
Woonsocket, RI
It was a late night and I was about to go to sleep until I happened to be on WGBH and saw all black and white with a japnese school girl blowing bubbles. From that, I couldn't get my eyes off of it for one second. It was so beautiful the way they shot it in simple black and white and the story was excellent. Something that got my mind thinking. This was a real treat, I LOVED everything. The film, the story, the characters, the location. WOW!!!

Tacoma, Wa
I love the pace and scope of this short film. What I like is the idea that one can be a normal 'poor working stiff' and develope a relationship over a long period of time. It's O.K. to be Nice. I miss the japanese soap operas that were shown on saturday night on channel 6 in Seattle. Really! To answer the questions on the web site... (1) Yes and not good. (2) Yes_ I just moved to a city after living in a semi-rural upper class 'burb' and just barely wave and say hey to neighbors. The crime rate isn't really higher' but It's just too close3 to other people to either want to know thier business or to let anyone know mine( so why am I writing an e-mail). (3) No, but I don't understand the question-- I see people at work who lived through wwii and the range of misinformation about Japan in the U.S. is as great as the range of misinformation about the U.S. in the rest of the world. ?

Nashville, Tennessee
I watched DOKI-DOKI with my eyes not even moving to the sides because I was so engrossed with this film. I have never watched a true independent film before, and it was a suprise to find it on my local Nashville Public Television channel. I loved the film in its whole, and I felt a connection to the lonely, misunderstood schoolgirl. The ending was perfect as well. PLEASE SHOW MORE FILMS LIKE THIS!!!!

E. Edwards
Living in NYC I too have shared the a similar experience. Only after watching Doki-Doki did I actually begin to think about how intertwined we are as humans and how one can truly affect the lives of others. Doki-Doki was a poignant reminder of how everything happens for a reason. As an avid traveller Japan has been on my list of places to visit - more so now!

Muskego, Wisconsin
I thought it was a wonderful short movie! I le the ending with the school girl bubbles! i thought she was giving up on life but she wasn't! I loved this film.......

Toronto, On
I happened to watched this film's preview on the independent lens program, it was only the last bit of it, but I thought it was amazing. The story line was interesting and heart-warming, and there were some awesome shots in this film. I found I couldn't return to the previous shows I was watching, I was so engrossed in watching Doki Doki that I found I didn't even want to leave for a bathroom break. I absolutely loved this film.

Aaron Cockroft
Pittsburgh, PA
F-ing Brilliant! I just saw "Doki-Doki" on WQED here in the city and LOVED it. I was totally drawn in, and could really identify with the 3 main characters in one way or another. It was truly beautiful. Thank you. I'll be on the "T" to the office in the AM tomorrow reliving it I'm sure.

Don Sipe
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
What a wonderfully stylized and visceral snapshot of life.

Beautifully shot and edited, the simply story illuminates complex emotions; deep depair, repressed behavior, and innate curiosity.

The cultural differences inherent between American and Japanese life heighten the dramatic tension.

One of the best short films I've seen.

I did not see the entire film but what I did see amazed me! I already wanted to be a filmmaker but this inspired me. The beauty, the emotion, the portrayal of raw and honest human emotions! I can't say enough!

Brett McGeehan
Philadelphia, PA
I just caught this on PBS a few minutes ago and I was deeply impressed. Not only did I find the movie deeply moving, but I thought that the music for the soundtrack was well chosen. Good job, hope to see more from you soon!

Ithaca, NY
I just caught DOKI DOKI on pbs. What a fabulous short! While I didn't have a detailed impression of japan before watching DOKI-DOKI, this film deftly reinforced the unspoken knowledge that lies in human sense. Thank you.

Bob Snipes
Shepherdstown, WV
DOKI-DOKI is an evocative film which captivated me. I was struck by the universality of themes across cultures: shyness, the thrill of love and discovery, and the rewards of reaching out to touch someone. The stereotype of both cities and Japanese culture as impersonal, heightens the improbability that something good will happen... but it does, in life-affirming splendor. I loved Yumi. Congratulations to Chris, and all who were involved with making the film. Reaching out across cultures and other differences, despite my own shyness, has provided me with the most exciting life experiences I have ever had. This film offers an opportunity for me to celebrate those experience, and has much to teach the world. Thanks!!

Diana Hollingshead
Corpus Christi Texas
What a great film! I was in Japan in November and spent several days in Tokyo. I saw the ferris wheel, went to Oeno Park, rode the trains and subways, and purchased drinks from the vending machines. I have to get a copy of this film to show my friends just how crowded it was on the trains. I was so glad to see two people actually begin to talk to each other, because on the train no one speaks. The only time we heard any noise or chatter or commotion, they were Americans. Thank you Chris Eska for a wonderful film.

mary ruffcorn
bettendorf , iowa
I found the film Doki-Doki to be very enjoyable. Good subject matter and delightful in its portrayl. The use of black and white film with intermittent color served the story well.

L. Baum
Awesome short. Excellent music. In the last moments I was torn between happiness and sadness. I do feel at times big cities foster feelings of isolation. Having lived NY and San Francisco, I find most people are on their own frenzied path and our focused inwardly. It can seem extreme and exclusive. I find speaking to strangers with a simple hello can bring forth a pleasent response which has been hiding under a bleek expression, revealing humanity and a common thread.

Jim Hill
Baytown, TX
Isolation can happen anywhere/anytime. I've had a phrase stuck in my head for years, "stranger in a crowd," and i believe it was directed at me, but i can't remember (it's become part of my own lore). Because Yumi was in a crowd, she was able to move freely and inconspicuously while conducting her espionage, mirroring filmmaking/film-watching in general - a league of voyeurs. Mr. Eska's film had me recalling "400 Blows" as i watched it. "DOKI-DOKI" definitely has an independent feel and i'll not soon forget it.

Jethro Gaede
Norman, Oklahoma
KUDOS! What a wonderful and poignant film! I am a cultural anthropologist and often use the notion/condition of our apparent isolation w/in urban setings to probe very similar concerns expressed in Doki-Doki. Questions about our hopes, dreams, aspirations, our seemingly invisible existence in public spheres. Chris Eska confirms our silent thoughts, reveals our hidden hopes. We all, as peoples of the world, regardless of our culture...long for the same things...a sense of belonging, to be loved, appreciated, to be treated as equals without prejudice or being stereotyped. Bravo for Doki-Doki.

Spring Hill, FL
I truely enjoyed this film. It was still bittersweet, despite the PBS showing. I wanted to know what happened after that night, what happened to the people? Where did they go? How did they change? What did they change? Perhaps my mind just needs to rest and not questions Eska's work, for it is certainly a great and spectacular piece.

Jamestown, ND
With all due respect to the wonderful job Mr. Eska did on this film, I can't help but notice that the story parallels (or is at least heavily influenced by) that of 2001's French feature-film "Amelie" by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

An impish lead character who denies her own emotions by investigating the lives of others; the separated-at-childhood love interest she meets by way of a train station who keeps a book of pictures (drawings in this case, photos in "Amelie"). All eerily similar to this film.

I would encourage anyone who enjoyed "doki-doki" to rent and thoroughly enjoy "Amelie" as well.

mike yang
baltimore, md
i stumbled upon this film while channel surfing and i was pleasantly surprised. as an American of Japanese descent, I am keenly aware of all the undertones of this movie. I must say that i was moved by this film. The feelings of isolation in a big city, and the emphasis on restraint in Japanese culture were caputred so poetically.

Lilly B.
Redding, Ca
I tuned in to "Doki-Doki" well into it, but I was caught in a moment by this simple, yet deep and wonder-fully fresh work. It's moving and yet amuses; I expected tradjedy, but ended elated by its end. Very well done. When millions, money wise crank out the same old disapointment, it delivers. I want to see the whole! As soon as possible. Where and when is it available?

Portland, Oregon
I just saw "Doki-Doki" on Independent Lens and I loved it. I commute to and from school every day on the light rail train and I found a reflection of myself in Yumi that I also observe the people I see around me. I also have seen many familiar faces and wondered if they recognize me or not. Also, seeing the film in a different setting brought out more depth to the story. The fact that the film revolved around Japanese culture made it more interesting to see how it compares and contrasts with American society. I loved the short film!

Elliott Cheifetz
Portland, OR
Films that give you that sense of heightened feeling that we sometimes forget, not because we are busy but because we have ceased paying attention, remind me what I love so much about film making. DOKI DOKI is wonderfully executed and seemingly pure in design, a real pleasure to experience.

Mike Portland, IN
Was bored and was clicking thru the channels when I came across this show. Now normally I'm not one to watch an independant film. Let alone a black and white foreign Film. I was stuck on the show. I couldn't stop watching. I was afraid for the school girl. I didn't want her to jump. This was a great film. And that's quite a complement coming from a guy that sticks with action and dumb comedies. Thanks

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I just saw DOKI-DOKI on PBS and found it to be enchanting, powerful and even scary at times. I grew up in NYC and felt this isolation, even back in the 50's and early 60's. Then I moved to a small town in Canada and felt isolated in a very different way. It's a universal & timeless story: finding connections despite human limitations.

The backdrop of Tokyo held beauty despite its' limited space for so many people! The traditional architecture so near the corporate, and the contrast of a gorgeous park (was that a real long-winged bird over the stream?!) with the coldness of cement & steel mirrored the human problem portrayed. B/W film was perfect for this. The soundtrack blew my mind, since without it, it would have been a different, and lesser, film.

Pleasanton CA
Masterpiece. I love the use of black and white camera for the entire film except for the daydream sequence. Through the Japanese anime, live-action TV, films, and news tibits I've seen about Japan; this film shows what I imagine Tokyo to be. Countless strangers in a megacity and all searching for comfort. Must buy a copy of it now.

Peter Hahn
Having lived in rural Japan for many years, and having traveled extensively on the train system in Japan, this film really hit home for me. The portrayal of the Japanese culture in this film was very accurate, from my experience.

I'm often forced to travel internationally with my family, and of the half-dozen countries I've lived in, never have I felt as isolated as I do in these large American cities. I was in tears the entire time watching "Doki-Doki," and I want to thank Chris Eska for his brilliant work. I cannot put into words the impact that this film has left on me. You've changed my life.
Ivy Barrera
Arleta, CA
I caught about half of this on PBS a while ago. Loved it to pieces. Such a fresh and positive spin on getting to know strangers on a train. I hope that every one votes to give it the Audience Award.
Berkeley, CA
I first saw DOKI-DOKI in the 2004 San Francisco Asian-American Film Festival. It was an absolutely wonderful experience; I felt it was thought provoking and emotional, delivering both development and depth in a short space of time. I'm glad it has made it to KQED for others to enjoy and ponder. I'm greatly looking forward to seeing it a second time! 8/25/04
La Verne, CA
What a wonderfull short film! Many times I've thought exactly the same thing... stuck in traffic with all the same people everyday. Makes me frustrated that we see each other and recognize each other and sometimes even wave, but still never get the chance to meet. I enjoyed Eska's film and hope that many others are able to share in its beauty. 7/20/04
Torrance, CA
I just happened to catch Doki-Doki this past weekend and found it to be an extremely enjoyable and thoughtful film.

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