Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)
Directed by Akira Boch
Our Man in Tokyo is a short documentary about the struggles and obsessions of Shin Miyata, a Tokyo-based record label owner, music promoter, and cultural ambassador who has been distributing Chicano music and bringing East Los Angeles bands to Japan for nearly 20 years. The film explores Miyata’s personal connection to East LA, and the challenges of introducing authentic and diverse representations of Chicano culture to Japan. With an artist roster that includes Grammy winner Quetzal, Chicano Batman, and dozens of others, Miyata has devoted his life to forging relationships between the seemingly disparate communities in which he works, using the power of music to bring people together.
AKIRA BOCH is an independent filmmaker and Director of the Media Arts Center at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. He has an MFA in film directing from the UCLA School of Film, Television, and Digital Media, and has made over 50 short films, documentaries, and music videos. His award-winning first feature, The Crumbles, toured nationally at theaters, festivals, and universities.
89 minsThese are the kinds of flms that leave you happy to learn about things like music, film, traditions and history.