Ryusei Sakurai

Peace and love

From the Tokyo-based crew already behind (amongst some other madness) the twelve-minute video "PALE" (which you can still watch and rewatch, alongside an interview with filmmaker Kenta Okamotohere), just popped up a new piece: "PEACE AND LOVE" is a five-minute VX-2000 edit which, as usual, turns out to be excellent on all levels. It's also marking a new chance to see the graceful styles of Ryusei Sakurai, Ryo Takahashi or Naoya Kato, for instance - and also to witness quite the waterfall of crazy spots and improbable kickflips, meeting only to better serve the strengths of Kenta's experimental editing. Just as a due reminder: Kenta's YouTube channel can be explored here!

PREMIERE / "Pale" / Kenta Okamoto / INTERVIEW

Kenta Okamoto, from Tokyo: LIVE has had the pleasure of sharing his works before, and some great local videos they are, most often pairing up remarkable urban skating from underrepresented rippers with rather dreamy soundtracks, in a style only made even more particular by his fondness for the less popular Sony VX-2000, which he actually puts to stellar use. Today, LIVE is presenting "PALE": Kenta's brand new twelve-minute film, his most ambitious one to date and for the occasion, we got to ask him a few questions regarding the process and intent, as to complete the picture. An exchange you're welcome to read, available in both English, French and Japanese (again thanks to the gracious help of our good friend Connor Kammerer), just below!

Pale

Kenta Okamoto just contacted us straight outta Tokyo to show us the trailer for his new full-length video: "PALE", the release of which is announced for sometime during the year twenty twenty and although its nature remains a bit mysterious, the roster is really promising; Kenta himself introduced his filming process as "recording skaters who have a style" and without a doubt, he will live up to the ensuing expectations considering that the likes of Ryusei Sakurai (who could also be seen in the latest "UGLY WEAPON" montage, shared here) and many more are (literally) on board. And as for the trailer, it's the testimony of some fine VX-2000, plus with a certain poetry infused.

Midnight caffeine

Just the other day, LIVE was suggesting "MONO WEST TOKYO #2" to you from a new crew just emerging out of the capital of Japan (and apparently quite excited to do so, as, since then, they've already managed to drop "MONO WEST TOKYO #3", which you can now watch here). Well, the local scene really seems in great shape as today, we get to introduce you to another new collective of die-hards, again: Ugly Weapon, whose Instagram is brand new but whose YouTube channel is packed with edits and various former audiovisual works - and it's looking like the guys have ties with KP Tokyo.

If they normally put the timeless Sony VX-1000 to great use, for this particular new production: "MIDNIGHT CAFFEINE", they instead favored a VHS camera, black and white aesthetics and Charlie Parker as the musical score. Although a classic recipe, the sauce can only work - especially when paired up with Kohei HayashiRyusei Sakurai or Naoya Kato's smooth stylistic practices in the kitchen, for an eventual three minutes and a half of cooking time. Dinner is served!

On a side note, for those willing to extend the spiritual trip and also go back in time - VHS Mag has been keeping up with their uploads of classic Japanese skate videos and, after the recent sharing of the legendary "COLLECTIVE IMPROVISATION", the platform just let "SILENT WHITE" slip on YouTube, which one can find here. The video consists in twenty minutes of vintage Japanese street skateboarding intertwined with footage of various demos courtesy of DC Shoes, with the likes of Josh Kalis, Stevie Williams and all of 'em guys immortalized on tape sharing spots, tricks and moments with the locals.

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