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
Takeshi Tanaka / Shorts / Japan / 2017 / Narrative Fiction, Short / 25 minsBelieving 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.
Takuya Matsumoto / Shorts / Japan / 2014 / 39 minsAfter 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.
Akira Boch / Shorts / Japan / 2018 / Documentary, Short / 18 minsA 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.