Ai Means Love
Miki Hayashi has just arrived in America from her native Japan to help her family’s struggling Samurai video store. Ian Marchall is using his computer skills to put his parent’s business online, and tries to maintain his own values in the face of pressure from friends.
Miki’s father, Daisuke, is a former Samurai movie actor who has never forgotten the code of the Samurai. When vandals threaten the town’s businesses, he joins Greg Marshall and the irrepressible Betty-San in a community patrol, with unexpected results.
In the tradition of Japanese matchmakers, Betty-San introduces the two families, and Ian and Miki embark on a rather unconventional courtship. Navigating the two cultures and discovering the roots of their faith is not easy. As external events threaten to divide them, Ian and Miki must decide whether to live by their convictions or by the pressure from others.
Love, Honor, Family and Faith are at the core of “Ai Means Love.” This warm and humorous story combines tributes to the classic cinema of Japan with traditional American cultural elements to create an uplifting tale of family, friendship, honor and commitment.
Here is a fantastic movie which focuses on honor and respect. How many of those do you see these days? This is viewing time well spent.
Daisuke Hayashi is a former film actor who made Samurai movies and moved his family to America from Japan due to the persecution they encountered for their Christian faith. Daisuke’s daughter, Miki, arrives in America from Japan to help her family with their struggles in running a video store. Miki’s path crosses that of Ian Marchall, who knows something about honor as he is helping his parents by placing their business online. It soon becomes apparent that the Marchall family was meant to cross paths with the Hayashi family. When Miki is faced with deportation, Ian makes a decision which can change everyone’s life. Yet the film features humor too, such as when Daisuke says some Americans believe all Japanese films are either cartoons or Godzilla movies! In another funny scene a Japanese man refers to a computer “Greek” instead of “geek”! The coming together of two cultures presents plenty of opportunities for laughter.
This is a wonderful movie and we highly recommend it and we are pleased to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.