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Tokyo Pop

Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui

Release: 1988
Runtime: 99
Country: USA, Japan
Language: English and Japanese with English subtitles

Bleach-blonde wannabe rocker Wendy (Carrie Hamilton) is disillusioned with her life in New York City. After receiving a postcard from Japan saying “wish you were here,” she spontaneously hops on a plane to Tokyo with dreams of making it big as a singer. Quickly finding herself broke and a fish out of water, she moves into a youth hostel for gaijin (foreigners) and takes up work as a hostess at a karaoke bar. Just when she’s at her breaking point, she meets Hiro (Diamond Yukai), a rock ‘n’ roller whose band is looking for their big break. They form a romantic and musical connection and Hiro convinces Wendy to become their lead singer. Through a combination of hustle and luck, they stumble into their 15 minutes of fame, but Wendy soon comes to realize that being a gaijin rocker may be nothing more than a passing fad. An underseen gem of ‘80s American independent cinema by Fran Rubel Kuzui (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Tokyo Pop takes us on a breezy tour through bubble era Tokyo, replete with knowing nods to the city’s vibrant pop culture.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color


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4 Star Theater San Francisco 1692244800August 17 - August 18, 2023
a/perture cinema Winston Salem 1692936000August 25 - August 28, 2023
AFI Silver Silver Spring 1691812800August 12 - August 16, 2023
Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn Brooklyn 1695182400September 20, 2023
Alamo Drafthouse DTLA Los Angeles 1690862400August 1, 2023
Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh Raleigh 1695787200September 27, 2023
American Cinematheque Los Angeles 1691726400August 11 - August 17, 2023
Austin Film Society Austin 1691726400August 11 - August 13, 2023
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1691121600August 4 - August 24, 2023
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1692590400August 21, 2023
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1692936000August 25 - August 27, 2023
Cinematheque Paris 1678338000March 9, 2023
Coral Gables Art Cinema Coral Gables 1693454400August 31, 2023
Edinburgh International Film Festival Edinburgh 1692676800August 22, 2023
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1692936000August 25 - August 31, 2023
Hollywood Theatre Portland 1694750400September 15 - September 17, 2023
Lightbox Film Center Philadelphia 1693022400August 26, 2023
Midtown Cinema Harrisburg 1694923200September 17 - September 26, 2023
MoMA New York 1687406400June 22 - June 25, 2023
Princess Cinemas Waterloo 1691726400August 11 - August 17, 2023
Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 Knoxville 1691985600August 14, 2023
Regal University Town Center Irvine 1691985600August 14, 2023
Revue Cinema Toronto 1691812800August 12 - August 16, 2023
Sun-Ray Cinema Jacksonville 1694577600September 13, 2023
Suns Cinema Washington 1692936000August 25 - August 31, 2023
Texas Theatre Dallas 1692158400August 16, 2023
The Beacon Seattle 1692936000August 25 - August 31, 2023
The Dreamland Cinema Sacramento 1694145600September 8 - September 10, 2023
The Frida Cinema Santa Ana 1691726400August 11 - August 13, 2023
The Hi-Pointe Theatre St. Louis 1691726400August 11 - August 13, 2023
Trylon Cinema Minneapolis 1691553600August 9, 2023
Williams Center Rutherford 1693281600August 29, 2023