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Far Western

Amid the ashes of post-WWII Japan, the bittersweet sounds of American traditional country music drifted through the radio airwaves. Although intended for the U.S. occupying forces, a vast ‘ghost audience’ of young Japanese quickly warmed to the soothing, yet foreign, sounds.

Since falling in love with the music in the 1950’s, Charlie Nagatani has lived to play and spread country music throughout Japan. From his hometown of Kumamoto in southern Japan, Charlie operates a family-run honky tonk named Good Time Charlie’s and is the promoter of the largest country music festival in Japan, Country Gold.

Created by returning deadCenter filmmakers James Payne and Matt Leach, Far Western illuminates this lost chapter of music as the musicians’ journey from Japan to the heart of American music culture. Over seventy years later this American music tradition has been transformed into something distinctly Japanese.

82 min / OK / Oklahoma Premiere

Director: James Payne
Producers: Matt Leach, James Payne
Cast: Charlie Nagatani, Masuo Sasabe, Yoshie Sakamoto, Ryukichi Hayakawa, The Ozaki Brothers, Toru Mitsu

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