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Johnny Tsunami (1999)

TV-G | | Drama, Family, Sport | TV Movie 24 July 1999
A Hawaiian teenage surfer shows off his skills when he takes to the snow slopes in Vermont.

Director:

Steve Boyum

Writers:

Ann Austen (as Ann Knapp), Douglas Sloan (as Doug Sloan)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Johnny Tsunami
Brandon Baker ... Johnny Kapahaala
Mary Page Keller ... Melanie
Yuji Okumoto ... Pete
Lee Thompson Young ... Sam Sterling
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Sgt. Sterling
Kirsten Storms ... Emily
Zachary Bostrom ... Brett (as Zach Bostrom)
Gregory Itzin ... Headmaster Pritchard
Taylor Moore Taylor Moore ... Jake
Anthony DiFranco Anthony DiFranco ... Eddie
Steve Van Wormer ... Randy
Noah Bastian ... Aaron
Gabriel Luque Gabriel Luque ... Matt
Anne Sward ... Miss Arthur
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A Hawaiian teenage surfer shows off his skills when he takes to the snow slopes in Vermont.

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Taglines:

The Temperature Is Down... But The Surf Is Up!

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Drama | Family | Sport

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is only 9 years older than Yuji Okumoto, who plays his son. See more »

Goofs

When Sam is teaching Johnny to snowboard, he is riding goofy (right foot forward). In later scenes where Johnny is performing more difficult jumps and turns, he is riding regular (left foot forward). This reveals the use of a stunt double. See more »

Quotes

Brett: Hey.
[Brett waves at Johnny to come over]
Johnny Kapahaala: Let me guess. No sky's allowed?
Brett: No. What you did yesterday, Getting massive air up off that jump to help Sam and that sky girl, mad props dude, you're a real charger.
Johnny Kapahaala: Oh thanks bro, I didn't know you even saw that?
[Sam throws the hat at Johnny]
Johnny Kapahaala: Oh what's this?
Sam Sterling: Hey now you're cool enough.
[Johnny laughs]
Brett: Going on a sky raid.
[...]
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Connections

Followed by Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007) See more »

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Crystal 52
by Jeffries Fan Club
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This is awesome!!!!!
8 September 2006 | by sethn172See all my reviews

Go "Richter" with this 1999 Old DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie), "Johnny Tsunami." It is about a boy from Hawaii who liked to surf, but because his father had found a great job opportunity way, way, WAY far away from Hawaii (like, say, Vermont), Johnny had to give up on his surfing and make adjustments to his life. He attended a very nice private school and, while a silly rule stated that everyone there had to ski, Johnny decided to try snowboarding, likely because it's like surfing, but on snow. So this leads me to the $64,000 question:

"Which side will he choose?????"

This movie, as well as the question above, teaches us a lesson about how we should live life and what type of friends we should have. It almost reminds me of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken:"

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I; I had taken the road less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

"Johnny Tsunami" is just like that. Watch it!

10/10


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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