A dime-a-dozen punk rocker in New York figures to increase her value by moving to Japan, where her peroxide hair and Amazonian legs will be rarer. Fran Rubel Kuzui, the director, is torn between documenting the culture (nothing too new, apart from the series of "love hotels") and midwifing a star-is-born performance by Carrie Hamilton (daughter of Carol Burnett). Neither of these interests is interesting enough to sustain a movie. But the heroine's blossomings in front of a microphone are nice to see. With Yutaka Tadokoro. 1988.

Duncan Shepherd

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