Cruisin' J-Town


Dir. , 16mm Color Sound 00:30:00

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The roots of the popular jazz fusion band Hiroshima are seen in the opening shot of pre-redevelopment Little Tokyo. From there, the group members and Daniel Valdez of El Teatro Campesino discuss the sociological and cultural pulse of the early 1970s. Dan Kuramoto describes the political movements of the 1960's out of which Asian American music emerged. June Kuramoto relates being ridiculed in her youth for playing the Japanese koto, while percussionist Johnny Mory delves into the influence of African American, Latino and rock'n roll music on his art. the film goes beyond a mere profile of a band to investigate the core of Asian American music.

Film aired on KCET in 1976.

[Source: VC Distribution Catalog]

Other Credits

Dan Kuramoto