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Carrie Hamilton ...
Wendy Reed
Diamond Yukai ...
Hiro Yamaguchi (as Yutaka Tadokoro)
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Grandfather
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Mr. Dota
Masumi Harukawa ...
Mother
Toki Shiozawa ...
Mama-san
Hiroshi Mikami ...
Club Manager
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Mike (as Mike Cerveris)
Gina Belafonte ...
Holly
Daisuke Ohyama ...
Yoji (Keyboards) (as Daisuke Oyama)
Hiroshi Kobayashi ...
Kaz (Drums)
Hiroshi Sugita ...
Taro (Bass)
Satoshi Kanai ...
Shun (Guitar)
Rikiya Yasuoka ...
Akira (Manager)
Senri Yamazaki ...
Aya (Dancer)
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Young female rock singer is not appreciated by her band, gets postcard from Japan saying "wish you were here". Takes what little money she has including ex-boyfriend's rent money and goes to Tokyo. She has numereous cross-cultural adventures and ends up singing with a Japanese rock group looking for a gaijin gimmick. They get their 15 minutes of fame, and our heroine realizes that she has no future there, and will hold them back if she stays. Everyone lives happily ever after. Written by andrew mossberg <aem@symbiosis.ahp.com>

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5 November 1988 (Japan)  »

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$125,345 (USA)
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The band performing on stage immediately following the credits (the singer has the big pigtails) is the Japanese band, Papaya Paranoia. See more »


Soundtracks

Home On The Range
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley and Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Performed by Carrie Hamilton and Lip Cream
Produced by Alan Brewer
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Charming and honest.
26 July 2003 | by (Beer-Sheva, Israel) – See all my reviews

There's a very rare honesty and charm to "Tokyo Pop." Although I never knew the music scene in Japan, so much in the movie is immediately recognizable from life: The naivete on many sides. The fun of being exotic for a while and the uses made of it. The value for Westerners of being in Japan for a while; the sterility of living there long-term (generally speaking). The harmless chintziness of much in Japan. A degree of gentleness. The story is believable and the characters endearing. In tune with the lightness of the movie, there are few of the crudest sorts of stupidity one is likely to run up against: Westerners who set themselves up as experts on everything under the sun. The Japanese love of grandiose abstractions; verbal bombast about uniqueness and subtlety. The extreme moral and intellectual obtuseness involved in occasionally hammering down nails that stick up. Or that if you are inclined to pithiness, then you too may be unsuited for life in Japan.


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