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Live From Tokyo (2011)

DMBQ , d.v.d , Lewis Rapkin  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: DMBQ, d.v.d, Kirihito, Kuruucrew, The Lady Spade
  • Directors: Lewis Rapkin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052Y0FLI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Live From Tokyo takes one into a world where ideas and genres are pushed to their extremes, with the general sentiment that there is new music waiting to be created. The documentary looks at Tokyo's music culture as a reflection of Japanese society and in relation to international music culture. Tokyo's reputation for an overwhelming variety of global information, media-saturated urban environment and cutting edge innovation, makes it the perfect sample for addressing a new outlook on music culture as it explores this eccentric music culture set within a modern Japanese megalopolis.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Look Into Tokyo Music Culture August 25, 2011
By Gorap
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The director and his team immersed themselves in the Tokyo music scene, and captured a unique and vivid view of the culture and dedication of these musicians. The film contrasts daily life in Tokyo with the vibrant after hours life in music venues. It provides a look at the pay-to-play performance model, where bands pay clubs to perform, and how that drives an unusual dedication to their art.

The film shows a beautiful panoramic backdrop of Tokyo, and introduces the audience to many of the up and coming hot bands from Japan, and the characters that own and operate the venues. The music, the imagery and the commentary are blended into a highly entertaining film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LFT August 30, 2011
Director Lewis Rapkin immerses the viewer in the hyper sensory world of the underground Tokyo music scene in this stellar documentary. With a focus on colorful characters and atmospheres, this film portrays the lesser known niches of Tokyo's music via interviews, music videos, live performances and evocative images of the metropolis' neon nightlife. Buoyant yet informative, this doc is must view for fans of emerging music and Japanese cultural enthusiasts alike.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not all that great, you can skip the first hour even November 12, 2013
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Ahhh, I hate being so critical of somebody doing a documentary, but I was really disappointed with this one. The first hour is filled with many problems. For example, the first discussion we have from people involves saying how crappy it is that everyone can download music, and then the next discussion immediately afterwards praises the fact that music can be shared so easily via the internet. In between these two contradictory viewpoints is senseless little art pieces set to some music by artists that I was HOPING to see and get to know but never do. Along with this, there were many instances where the documentary began to explore a band, such ass the Zoobombs, and then nothing. Not even a performance by them really. By the end of the first hour that was filled with the aforementioned plus segue way pieces that tried really hard to look and feel avant-garde but ended up just being a bunch of shots of Tokyo and drawings and je ne sais quoi, I realized I wasted my money.

The only reason why I even gave it two stars is because at around the hour point, the doc actually starts to feel like a doc. We get to see a few venues that were interesting, such as enban, and we even get to hear a band talk and then see a performance by the band aftewards. The problem is by this time, it's already too late into the doc for me to even care. Add to that the doc picked some of the worst underground musicians I've ever heard in my life, and you have me wishing I could not only refund my money, but refund the time I wasted watching this. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm all about underground music. I was an underground hardcore musician myself for many years, but these artists need to realize that noise and blending styles doesn't always equal interesting or avant-garde or important.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No goal or message just random vignettes May 21, 2014
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I stopped watching after the first half hour. If you're watching this to learn a little bit more about the Tokyo music scene - there is extremely little of worth.
- 2-3 minutes Begins talking about mp3s vs CD and that it hurts music sales.
- 2-3 minutes How Japanese music has no tradition only an amalgamation of imitating other countries with Japanese culture.
- 25-28 of Japanese underground bands playing "outsider" music.

If this is how you wish to spend an hour and twenty minutes, be my guest.
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