Director: Fran Rubel Kuzui Run Time: 99 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1988 Language: English & Japanese w/English subtitles
Starring: Carrie Hamilton, Diamond Yukai, Taiji Tonoyama, Tetsurō Tamba
Fed up with life in New York City, bleach-blonde rocker Wendy (Hamilton) spontaneously hops on a plane to Tokyo… only to find that her friend who lives there has moved, she has no money, and she doesn’t know the language. As luck would have it, one night she runs into Hiro (Yukai), a rock ‘n’ roller whose band is looking for their big break. They form a romantic and musical connection and together end up making a hit record. But Wendy soon begins to wonder whether life in Japan is really for her. This charmer of an American indie from Fran Rubel Kuzui (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) feels a little bit like Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train in reverse and features terrific footage of late-‘80s Tokyo. Rediscovered and restored thanks to the efforts of IndieCollect! Brattle Debut!
“Fueled by a lively, ever-present soundtrack, ‘Tokyo Pop’ unspools as an utterly endearing and romantic mixtape… a charming tale of two dreamers trying to find their own home on the range.” – Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist