The Japanese love and understand rock, a kind of music and a way of life they discovered during the American occupation, after World War II. Even if japanese society still preaches uniformity and order, there is an important underground world, where people live more freely. This is the Tokyo show in Pamela Valente’s movie. We follow 4 rock bands : Guitar Wolf, 3 good looking guys wearing black leather and sunglasses, a singer/ guitar player with a devilish presence, a garage rock that is among the most intense and loudest ever heard and surprisingly- a contract with a big record company; The 5678s, rock-a-billy queens with a wild 50s elegance who conquered the world with a memorable scene in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’; the Jet Boys, led by an extreme, crazy, borderless and exhibitionnist singer/guitar player; Nine, young guys who believe in success by music. The movie shows their music, but also their way of living, their style-totally faithfull to rock’n’roll- and their wanderings all around the incredible city Tokyo.
Pamela Valente is a video artist, reporter and a director of French-Brasilian origin. After years of living in Paris, she moves to Tokyo, which has inspired her for this documentary. The fact that the second film she is working on is about Japanese tatoos indicates how thrilled she has been with Japanese culture and rich underground life.
Rock ‘n’ Tokyo
2007, 90', color, video
Erasmo di Fonzo