Audrey Magazine caught the pre-screening of ‘Daylight Savings’, the black-and-white indie sequel to ‘Surrogate Valentine,’ before its SXSW March 10, 2012 world premiere. Helmed again by Dave Boyle and starring Goh Nakamura, Yea-Ming Chen, and Lynn Chen, the film follows Goh, (who reprises his role as himself) a rising independent musician who faces the aftermath of his long-distance girlfriend’s sudden breakup as he is about to embark on his biggest tour. A broken heart, conflicting emotions, spontaneous road trip, and potential new romance makes for an endearing adventure that could be better told.
Goh’s anguish over Erika’s (played by Ayako Fujitani) Skype breakup is not quite believable, perhaps because their chemistry was not established during their brief scenes together. Goh meets hot fellow musician Yea-Ming (playing herself) at a party, and a connection slightly more convincing than the former is sparked, providing Goh a reason to embark on a spontaneous, introspective road trip with his irresponsible but supportive cousin Mike (played by Michael Aki). During the trek from San Francisco to Central California to Vegas to LA, Goh encounters theft, an injury, and other mishaps, but mans up and is forced to decide what he really wants.
Shot in 15 days and featuring two songs (including ‘Daylight Savings,’ featured on the anti-depressant commercial that makes Goh famous in the film) and a signature soft, folk-ish score penned by Nakamura, the story needs a memorable visual angle to make up for the absence of emotions and color.
Running time: 73 minutes
‘Daylight Savings’ is a Tiger Industry Films and Brainwave Films production; written by Dave Boyle, Michael Lerman, Joel Clark and Goh Nakamura; and executive produced by Gary Chou and Brian Kobashikawa.