New Release: Live From Tokyo DVD

Live From Tokyo movie sceneOn Aug. 23, 2011, the music-filled documentary film Live From Tokyo was released on DVD by Good Charamel Records, with distribution through MVD Visual. The DVD carries the list price of $16.95.

Directed by first-time U.S. filmmaker Lewis Rapkin, Live From Tokyo take viewers through the back streets in Shinjuku, the intersections in Shibuya, the alleys in Koenji and all over Tokyo, as it highlights the innovative musicians that create the city’s multi-faceted underground and independent music scene.

Looking at Tokyo’s music culture as a reflection of Japanese society and in relation to international music culture, the film certainly does a good job in playing up Tokyo’s reputation for an overwhelming variety of global information and its media-saturated urban environment and cuttin- edge innovation.

Featuring surreal stop-motion animation, interviews and live performances, Live From Tokyo features such cutting-edge acts as Nisennenmondai, Tenniscoats, DMBQ, PARA, Shugo Tokumaru, Sexy-Synthesizer, Sajjanu, KIRIHITO, d.v.d, Optrum, Uhnellys, Samm Bennett, W. David Marx, Tokyo Pinsalocks and many more.

Audio tracks were donated by many of the bands that appear in the film and were compiled into a soundtrack album, which will be included as a free digital download with the purchase of the DVD. A special code will be contained within the package of each DVD allowing buyers to download the album at no extra charge.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Live From Tokyo DVD/album will be donated to the Red Cross Tsunami Relief fund in Japan, which we love.

Check out the film’s mind-numbing trailer:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.