Eric Rivas’ remake of his cult-classic film, “Japanese Borscht,” will premiere in New York City at Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave) on October 5 at 8pm.
The film stars Rivas as David, a man who is desperate to reunite with his stepdaughter and seeks the help of Japanese Goodfellas. Rounding out the cast are club owner and producer Noel Ashman, porn star Ron Jeremy, Ángel Salazar of “Carlito’s Way” and “Scarface,” the late Oscar-nominated actress Sylvia Miles, Screamin Rachael of Trax Records and celebrated NYC columnist Michael Musto, playing a gay Mafioso named Uncle.
“’Japanese Borscht’ is the first film I ever made,” explains Rivas. “I made it almost fifteen years ago on a vacation camera. At the time, I was a young actor, finding it tough to land acting jobs. Directors would see my last name, call me in for an audition, but pass me up because while last name was Hispanic, I didn’t look Hispanic enough.
“This film encompasses all I am”, he continues. “A street kid actor, an outsider, a fighter, an actor and a leader. It also allowed me to discover new talent that were also being passed up by mainstream directors.”
“I play a gay Mafioso named Uncle,” says Michael Musto. “He’s barbaric — he’s a mobster — and his sexuality proves that some very rotten people can be gay."
Sylvia Miles, nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in “Midnight Cowboy,” was scheduled to co-star but passed away before filming. Rivas was able to include her in “Japanese Borscht” by incorporating footage of Miles shot by late videographer Nelson Sullivan.
“My hope is that theatregoers leave ‘Japanese Borscht’ with a new appreciation of Asian culture and take notice of the contrasting American loudness to Japanese calm,” says Rivas. “I also hope to instill the idea that no amount of violence can end matters of the heart and that sometimes a method acting Phantom can save the day.”
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