Terminal USA

Funny, gross and outrageously over-the-top, Jon Moritsugu’s cult classic is a maximally irreverent slice of early 90s punk culture satirising representations of the Japanese-American family unit. Newly restored from eyeball-scorching Panavision, this is Moritsugu’s Asian freak-out magnum opus that shocked America when it was broadcast on television in the mid-90’s. The director himself plays twins (a drug-dealing bad-ass and a closeted math nerd) in a radically dysfunctional family that completely obliterates the noble myth of the “model minority”.

Director Biography

Writer/director Jon Moritsugu has been creating a miasma of protopunk deconstructions of popular genres and formats with scabrous and pointedly garish results since 1985. He collaborates with his wife and creative partner, Amy Davis, beginning by directing her in his first feature, My Degeneration, which played at Sundance and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “One of the top 25 greatest punk rock movies of all time.” Since then, the two have evolved into equal and unified filmmaking partners. Their films have scorched eyeballs worldwide from MoMA to Cannes to the Guggenheim to Berlin to the Whitney.

Director Filmography

Numbskull Revolution (2017), Cycoskuzz (2015), Pig Death Machine (2013), “No Future Shock” music video for TV ON THE RADIO (2011), Scumrock (2002), Crack (1999) Fame Whore (1997), Mod Fuck Explosion (1994), Terminal USA (1993), Hippy Porn (1991), My Degeneration (1990), Sleazy Rider (1988), Braindead (1987), Der Elvis (1987), Lil’ Debbie Snackwhore of New York City (1987), Mommy Mommy Where’s My Brain (1986)

Production Year

1993

Premiere

New Film Restoration

Director

Jon Moritsugu

Country

United States

Dialogue Language

English

Content Warnings

Blood / gore Drug use Mild nudity Mild sexual references Needles Strong language / swearing Strong physical violence Suicide / self-harm

Primary Contact

Bret Berg

Distribution (Worldwide)

Bret Berg American Genre Film Archive