Tokyo in Retrograde is a short film produced by creative studio PUSH for Budweiser about
Masayoshi Anotani, aka Mars89 — a musician whose uncompromising electronic compositions have
cemented him as one of the most unique and exciting prospects within Tokyo’s underground club
circuit, and whose contribution to the city’s culture extends far beyond the dancefloor.
Soundtracked by original songs representative of Mars89’s signature style — a bricolage channeling
the guttural, sub-bass-infused body music from UK dubstep’s heyday and the mutant rhythms of
Bristol’s signature bass scene — the film touches on his music production as well as his presence
within Tokyo’s activist community, where he spearheads a series of anti-establishment ‘Protest
Raves’ that have seen sound trucks drive through some of the city’s most iconic vistas while blasting
out hard techno, galvanising Tokyo’s youth into new, emergent strands of political engagement.
Outside of music and activism, Mars89 has also collaborated on an apparel collection with fashion
brand Undercover‘s Jun Takahashi, as well as releasing a record through the brand. He created the
soundtrack for Undercover’s AW19 collection, has been remixed by Thom Yorke, Zomby and Low Jack,
and has played at Virgil Abloh’s club night, Sound Design.
The film was directed by director duo DEJA (PUSH Japan’s Dan Buyanovsky and Mike Sunda) and shot
by Tokyo-based cinematographer Seiya Uehara.