Good Charamel Records To Release Live From Tokyo

By on June 22, 2011
Good Charamel Records To Release
Live From Tokyo DVD + Bonus Digital Music Download of Soundtrack
On August 23rd!!
Film Explores Tokyo’s Thriving Underground Music Scene
Where Musical Ideas Are Pushed To The Extreme
Portion Of Proceeds To Be Donated To The Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund In Japan
Live From Tokyo takes the viewer 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 multi-faceted underground music scene.
Welcome to a world where ideas and genres are pushed to their extremes, with the general sentiment that there is new music waiting to be created.
Directed by U.S. filmmaker Lewis Rapkin, this fascinating 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. We find ourselves well into the generation of hyper-connec­tivity and information culture. The music industry is transforming and listeners are accessing and treating music in a new way. Barriers that separated music scenes in the past are becoming less relevant as technology continues to connect artists. A new paradigm of music culture is upon us.
The film explores this eccentric music culture set within the back­drop of the modern Japanese megalopolis. Featuring surreal stop-motion animation, interviews and live performances by acts such as Nisennen­mondai, Tenniscoats, DMBQ, PARA (Boredoms members), 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 the viewer to down­load the album at no extra charge. A full track listing is to be posted soon at
Live from Tokyo will be released on August 23rd on Good Charamel Records with distribution through MVD Visual. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Live From TokyoDVD/ALBUM will be donated to the Red Cross Tsunami Relief fund in Japan.
View the Live From Tokyo Trailer at:
Upcoming Screenings:
7/7- PhiladelphiaPA – Philadelphia Japan Arts Matsuri (http://www.phillyjam.org_) 9:30pm
7/21- New YorkNY Big Screen Project (sponsored by Asahi – FREE BEER!) 6th Ave between 29th and 30th St
9/21- 10/2 – The Netherlands, Camera Japan Film Festival  (
Live From Tokyo
Directed by: Lewis Rapkin
Produced by: Eric J. Mintz
Director of Photography: Ian Sotzing
The Lady Spade  
Makoto Oshiro   
Muneomi Senju  
Shugo Tokumaru   
Tenniscoats + Secai  
Tokyo Pinsalocks  
Yudaya Jazz  
Lewis Rapkin – DIRECTOR
Lewis lives in New York City and has worked on feature documen­taries for HBO, a 6-hour documentary series for PBS, a short for Amnesty International and television series for MTV and Discovery Channel. He has directed a handful of music videos, edited trailers and industrials and his short films have appeared in international film festivals. Lewis is also a musician and composed the original score for Live From Tokyo.
Live From Tokyo is his directorial debut for a feature film.
Ian has worked in camera and production departments for various award winning films and television shows. He worked on Moonlight and Mistletoe and Revolutionary Road in 2008 and most recently he has worked on both seasons of Boardwalk Empire and Bored to Death for HBO, as well as 30 Rock on NBC. Ian has won awards at international film festivals for films he directed and shot.
Eric J. Mintz – PRODUCER
Eric J. Mintz worked on two award winning political documen­taries in 2008. After returning from Tokyo he moved to New York City and began working in television. He worked as an Associate Producer and Post-Production Coordinator for multiple major cable networks including the Emmy Award winning game show, “Cash Cab” and the upcoming series “Mountain Men of Alaska” both for Discovery Channel. Mountain Men of Alaska (2011 – Discovery), Dr G.: Medical Exam­iner (2010 – Discovery I.D.), Sex on TV (2010 – TV Guide) Parking Wars (2010 – A&E) Megadrive (2010 – MTV) Cash Cab (2009 – Discovery) Louis Theroux: The City Addicted to Crystal Meth (2009 – BBC), The Axe in the Attic (2008), Finding Our Voices (2008)


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.