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Akira's Hip Hop Shop



Akira loves rap music, and owns a record shop in the U.S. One day, he falls in love with an African American girl who starts to work at his shop. Soon racial and cultural differences, stereotypes from friends and family start to interrupt their relationship. Will their love break through all these obstacles?



United States
Joe Doughrity is a screenwriter, director and documentary filmmaker. He began his
careeer as an assistant to Oscar nominated director John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood).
Signed by Creative Artists Agency in his early 20s, Joe enjoyed a successful career as a
professional screenwriter. After watching many of his scripts languish in development,
he decided to make his own films. His first effort, “Seven Days in Japan”, won Best
Documentary at the San Diego Comic-con International Film Festival in 2005.
Joe is a graduate of Columbia College and a member of the Writers Guild of America.

"Seven Days in Japan" (2005) Documentary short
"Akira's Hip Hop Shop" (2007) Narrative short

Screening / Award history:
"Seven Days in Japan"(2005)Documentary Short
Won 2005 Comic-con San Diego Best Documentary

"Akira`s Hip Hop Shop"(2007)Narrative short
Won Directors guild of America Student Award 11/07
Screened at San Diego Asian Film Fest 10/07
Screened at LA Pan African Film Fest 2/08
Screening at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film May 1-8 2008
Screened at the Brooklyn Museum on June 7th, 2008 to a sold-out audience at the same time as the Murikami exhibit.

120 people voted

2013-07-08 04:00:54


2013-04-25 19:18:05

Loved it! Wish it was longer, but you kept it short and sweet.

2013-04-18 12:14:23

I thought it was well written, directed and that the actors did a great job. It would have been nice if it were longer, but its a short so what is one to do. Great job!

2012-09-28 09:42:13

I liked the movie very very much. I would have loved it if it were longer. It's rare to see movies with interracial couples, especially Black women with Asian men. The story was beautiful. I can see this as being a webisode.

2012-09-23 03:38:45

I liked the movie and thought the chemistry between the main characters came off as genuine. I would have like to have seen more in the way of relationship development, specifically as it pertains to navigating through the tides of social pressure and cultural expectations. The lite ribbing amongst friends could have opened the floor to some more meaningful discussion. But, all in all, as the story came to an end, I found myself curiously interested about what laid ahead for this couple.

2012-09-06 15:01:57

Great movie! Wish it was longer, at least an hour. Nice to see AMBW relationships. The main characters were a good match, though would've been more interesting to see their relationship evolve in a longer version of the movie.

2012-08-22 12:21:55

It was a great movie. I would love to see the relationship challenges and/or triumphs be further explored.

2012-08-09 10:37:22

Great movie, i really loved how they got back together despite what others said

2012-07-11 17:44:43

Too true......being in an ambw relationship comes with a lot of unwanted ndgative zttention,be it verbal or not. My husband, who is Korean, and I, his chocolate wife have experienced scrutiny to the extent that some of our closest friends and family members have been blacklisted. It was tough in the beginning but we couldnt resist our feelings and dove in.

With the passage of time, we can now joke about how many stares we get at different locations. The only difference now is that our handsome blasian 14 month old little man sees all of these eyes looking at us and just smiles and waves "hi".

We didnt give in to the cultural pressure and instead like these two characters it made us stronger.

2012-06-16 09:21:48

Excellent! Unfortunately not long enough and the two love interests are a good match totally believable