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Tokyo Pop (1988)

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Hamilton ...
Wendy Reed
Diamond Yukai ...
Hiro Yamaguchi (as Yutaka Tadokoro)
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Grandfather
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Mr. Dota (as Tetsurô Tanba)
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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$125,345 (USA)
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The band performing during the movie is X, which later became X Japan. See more »


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Sardines
Written and Performed by The Junkyard Band
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Before Lost in Translation there was Tokyo Pop
17 May 2008 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

This is a very light movie that highlights some aspects of being a foreigner in Japan. This movie was released the first year that I moved to Japan so is especially relevant to me. It is often more travelogue than drama as I felt that some scenes were shot simply to show absurd aspects of Tokyo life and clashing cultures (the Japanese mother getting ready for her aerobics class as the daughter practices chopstick use; the boy working in a neighbourhood crepe shop; the plastic food factory; suited Salarymen fishing on the Kanda RIver). Still it has a certain simple charm that makes me smile and I feel that it better captures aspects of Tokyo at that time than Lost in Translation does for a more contemporary Tokyo. I just came across it as i was cleaning out my videos to take to a flea market (my favourites have all been replaced by DVDs). This doesn't seem to be available on DVD now so I am watching it as I dub it to make my own DVD. It still makes me smile and will certainly do the same for anyone who has spent time in Japan.


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