Tokyo Pop

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For the manga publishing company, see Tokyopop.
Tokyo Pop
Tokyo pop 1988.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui
Produced by Kaz Kuzui
Written by Lynn Grossman
Fran Rubel Kuzui
Starring Carrie Hamilton
Diamond Yukai
Hiroshi Kobayashi
Hiroshi Sugita
Satoshi Kanai
Rome Kanda
Music by Alan Brewer
Cinematography James Hayman
Edited by Camilla Toniolo
Distributed by International Spectrafilm
Release dates
April 15, 1988
Country United States
Language English

Tokyo Pop (東京ポップ Tōkyō Poppu?) is a music-centric movie from 1988 that tells the story of a girl from the USA, a boy from Japan, and a briefly successful pop band. The movie contrasts American customs with Tokyo lifestyles, as it presents an evolving love story between the two main characters.[1]

The main actors are Carrie Hamilton as Wendy and Diamond Yukai (aka Yutaka Tadokoro) as Hiro Yamaguchi. Other actors included Gina Belafonte and Tetsuro Tamba. The movie was directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui. The members of the legendary metal band X Japan make a brief cameo appearance.


This is the story of a girl named Wendy Reed, who leaves the USA and her boyfriend, a musician played by Michael Cerveris, and travels to Tokyo, Japan. She plans to visit a girlfriend but cannot find her. Instead she meets a young man named Hiro (pronounced hero), who is the leader of an unsuccessful pop band. As Wendy is blonde and tall by local standards, she attracts attention. She falls in love with Hiro and develops a music career as the movie advances. With some tricks they manage to catch the eye of a record label producer and achieve success for a short time. The song, which is played throughout, is a cover version from John Sebastian's Do you believe in magic? While they top the charts, there is some luxury in their lives, but the blossoming relationship of the main couple starts breaking apart.

In the movie, Tokyo Pop is a one day business where groups have one hit in the charts and then vanish forever. Since this is the case, Wendy goes back to the US in hopes of finding a more stable career. She had an unforgettable time with Hiro but can leave him behind because he is a marvelous composer, who will find his way through his own power. He no longer needs her to garner the attention of producers.


  1. ^ Walter Goodman (April 15, 1988). "In 'Tokyo Pop,' Youth Cultures Clash". The New York Times. 

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