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Tokyo Pop (1988)

Young female rock singer is not appreciated by her band, gets postcard from Japan saying "wish you were here". Takes what little money she has including ex-boyfriend's rent money and goes ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Hamilton ... Wendy Reed
Diamond Yukai Diamond Yukai ... Hiro Yamaguchi (as Yutaka Tadokoro)
Taiji Tonoyama ... Grandfather
Tetsurô Tanba ... Mr. Dota
Masumi Harukawa Masumi Harukawa ... Mother
Toki Shiozawa Toki Shiozawa ... Mama-san
Hiroshi Mikami ... Club Manager
Michael Cerveris ... Mike (as Mike Cerveris)
Gina Belafonte ... Holly
Daisuke Ohyama Daisuke Ohyama ... Yoji (Keyboards) (as Daisuke Oyama)
Hiroshi Kobayashi Hiroshi Kobayashi ... Kaz (Drums)
Hiroshi Sugita Hiroshi Sugita ... Taro (Bass)
Satoshi Kanai Satoshi Kanai ... Shun (Guitar)
Rikiya Yasuoka ... Akira (Manager)
Senri Yamazaki Senri Yamazaki ... Aya (Dancer)


Young female rock singer is not appreciated by her band, gets postcard from Japan saying "wish you were here". Takes what little money she has including ex-boyfriend's rent money and goes to Tokyo. She has numereous cross-cultural adventures and ends up singing with a Japanese rock group looking for a gaijin gimmick. They get their 15 minutes of fame, and our heroine realizes that she has no future there, and will hold them back if she stays. Everyone lives happily ever after. Written by andrew mossberg <aem@symbiosis.ahp.com>

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USA | Japan


English | Japanese

Release Date:

5 November 1988 (Japan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan


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The band performing on stage immediately following the credits (the singer has the big pigtails) is the Japanese band, Papaya Paranoia. See more »


Shiroi Sangosho
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Forgotten film will most likely stay that way...
22 January 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Young American singer moves to Japan to find success. When this film opened, Carrie Hamilton got the kind of raves a novice actress can only dream about. Above the movie's advertisement in the L.A. Times were blurbs from critics claiming her to be the next big thing (they reminded me of the reviews Liza Minnelli got for "The Sterile Cuckoo"). Unfortunately, few people went to see "Tokyo Pop"; one look at it and you'll know why. The low-budget film relies too much on its pallid soundtrack and the main character's sass, leaving no room for local flavor or any sort of lasting ambiance. Years later, Sofia Coppola showed how this sort of thing should be done, but "Tokyo Pop" didn't have the right people behind it. Hamilton is fair, but needed a stronger script and director; the bubblegummy material she works with here would defeat anybody. * from ****

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