An aging Japanese bike gangster mentors a crop of halfhearted pledges threatened by police pressure. In doing so, he confronts his tough guy past and dwindling options for the future.
Sayonara Speed Tribes offers a fascinating narrative and documents the decline of one of Japan's most colorful and controversial sub-cultures. The film blends real footage, interviews, manga-style animation, still photography and riveting footage from bike runs. An intimate portrait of Japanese outsiders living on the edge with fascinating documentation of a fading subculture some view as tradition, others as a nuisance.
Cinematographer: Jamie Morris; Editors: Hiroko Sumikura, Jamie Morris
- Sayonara Speed Tribes, 2012