NOWNESS Showcase a Portrait of a Tokyo Rockabilly


Yoyogi Park’s longstanding Sunday Rockabilly-off remains a tourist must-see for anyone who enjoys turbo-charged quiffs and aggressive spinning. While fifties rock and roll was once all the rage in Tokyo, Japan’s endless appetite for trends has relegated the movement to a niche sub-sub culture, its band of followers continuing to dwindle in numbers. Those still hanging on are fiercely loyal to the cause and none more so than Johnny Jeana, Elvis-impersonator and aspiring global superstar. In a brilliant short showing on NOWNESS, filmmaker James Partridge follows Jeana around the capital to catch a glimpse of a fading lifestyle.