Thessaloniki Greece, September 20-23, 2018
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Real Scenes: Tokyo

“Humans eat, reproduce and sleep,” says Dommune’s Naohiro Ukawa. “And they dance.” But in Japanese clubs these days, this basic form of expression is illegal.

For our latest Real Scenes films, we journey to the Japanese capital to meet the DJs, promoters, campaigners and producers who have been affected by the Fueiho. We hear how a rapidly aging population and the negative public perception of nightclubs have meant that fighting for reform is just part of the problem. Despite these extraordinary challenges, Tokyo is home to a passionate, dedicated dance music community, who have responded with campaign groups like Let’s DANCE, and the establishment of small, underground music spaces. There is a collective understanding that if they want to affect change, it will have to come from within.

Real Scenes: Tokyo

Duration: 27 min

Director: Patrick Nation