TOKYO POP – 4K Restoration of Fran Rubel Kuzui's Breezy Rock & Roll Love Story Opens August 4

TOKYO POP – 4K Restoration of Fran Rubel Kuzui’s Breezy Rock & Roll Love Story Opens August 4

A Breezy Rock & Roll Love Story from Writer/Director Fran Rubel Kuzui

Kino Lorber is pleased to present a new 35th anniversary 4K restoration of Fran Rubel Kuzui’s TOKYO POP, a bubbly and charming rock & roll love story filmed in 1980s Tokyo.

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.

New 4K Restoration by Indie Collect created in association with the Academy Film Archive with funding from Dolly Parton, Carol Burnett, the HFPA Trust, and donors to Indie Collect’s Jane Fonda Fund for Women Directors.

“A sweet, cocky love-and-rock story.”

– Molly Haskell, Vogue

“You don’t have to be a fan of rock music to get a kick out of ‘Tokyo Pop,’

a wedding of American and Japanese youth cultures

as seen through a fun-house mirror.”

– Walter Goodman, The New York Times

“A shrewd, amiable cross-cultural romance full of talent at every level”

– Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times

WHO

A Breezy Rock & Roll Love Story from Writer/Director

Fran Rubel Kuzui

Starring Carrie Hamilton & Diamond Yukai

WHERE
TOKYO POP opens in New York at BAM Rose Cinemas on August 4 and in Los Angeles at the American Cinematheque on August 11, followed by national expansion.
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