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Music & Live Performances / 82 mins


New People Cinema
May 13, 2018 9:15 pm Not Available


In a society where conformity is the norm, it is never easy to break the mold. TOKYO BEATS spins out three shorts that illustrate the difficulties of “making it big” in Tokyo and the hurdles that people must overcome to pursue the things that they love.

Co-Presented by: TRAKTIVIST 

In This Program

  1. The Band’s New Stage

    Takeshi Tanaka / Shorts / Japan / 2017 / Narrative Fiction, Short / 25 mins
    Believing that the residents of Oki Islands are uninformed about current music trends, Aoki promotes WWW, his no-name band, as a famous group from Tokyo. When the islanders welcome WWW with nothing but kindness, Aoki is determined to have his best performance yet.

  2. Let’s Go Home!

    Takuya Matsumoto / Shorts / Japan / 2014 / 39 mins
    After failing to make it big in Tokyo, Riku goes back home, suppressing his regret for not being able to express himself, whether it concerned his band, career, or relationship with his parents. LET'S GO HOME! is a humorous and warm-hearted story that illustrates a man’s reluctance to face the conflicts in his life.

  3. Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)

    Akira Boch / Shorts / Japan / 2018 / Documentary, Short / 18 mins
    A documentary about Shin Miyata, a record label owner, who devotes his life to bridging the gap between Chicano and Japanese culture. Miyata is on a quest to connect people with the power of music through his desire to break stereotypes that come with inter-cultural misunderstandings.

Dates & Times


New People Cinema
May 13, 2018 9:15 pm Not Available