It was in the early years immediately following World War II, during the occupation of Japan by the U.S. forces, that Western influences began to dramatically change Japanese popular culture. The Far East Network (FEN), established just after WWII to broadcast American content to soldiers, played a big part. The simple, curious sounds of the West drew in a Japanese audience, disillusioned with their parentsí culture and the restrictions of the old Japanese society.
FAR WESTERN is a feature-length documentary from filmmaker James Payne (Okie Noodling, the Creek Runs Red, Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo) telling the phenomenal story of the transplant of American country music to post-World War II Japan. Nearly 70 years later, for a devoted group, the music has become a lifelong obsession. Part music history and part character portrait, the fascinating story is told through the lives of musicians, fans, and live-music venue owners. Set both in modern Japan and the American South, FAR WESTERN explores the uncanny ability of a simple form of music to cross geographic and language barriers...
Continue reading: Following the Rise of Bluegrass in Japan, FAR WESTERN debuts on Digital, DVD April 13 from Corinth Films in News.