The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

1985

Comedy / Music

154
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 83

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Japanese 2.0
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100 min
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Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
100 min
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Reviewed by alisonc-1 7 / 10 / 10

Impressive Film for a 22 Year Old!

Shinga (Shinga Kubota) and Kan (Kan Takagi) are the singers in rival pop bands, until the mysterious Minami (Kiyohiko Ozaki) of Atomic Promotion signs them up as a pop duo to be called the Stardust Brothers. Although they can't stand each other initially, they jump at the massive amount of money on offer, and after only a week with the company, they are superstars with the #1 pop song on the charts! But fame can be fickle, and soon enough Minami is approached to raise up another artist, Karuo (Issay), the son of a powerful politician, and Shinga and Kan are yesterday's news. But Karuo has designs on Marimo (Kyoko Togawa), the young girl who first led the fan club of the Stardust Brothers and then became a pop star herself, and Karuo is used to getting what he wants.... This was an early film by director Makoto Tezuka, son of legendary Osamu Tezuka, when he was only 22 years old. Despite his youth, the film hangs together quite well, with plenty of nods to pop music of the era and an enthusiastic and energetic cast. A bit of slapstick here and an odd monochrome framing device add to the fun; the occasional homophobia-as-laugh-getter hasn't aged well, however. Overall, though, the film has its moments and the flavor of the Japanese pop culture in the mid-1980s is quite entertaining.

Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies 7 / 10 / 10

AWESOME!

1985. Japan. Macoto Tezka (son of "The God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka) meets musician Haruo Chicada, who has already made a soundtrack to a movie that does not exist. Inspired by The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Phantom of the Paradise, along with the chance to work with some of Japan's hottest bands, Tezka and Chicada would join up with a creative team that also included Lupin the 3rd creator Monkey Punch and directors Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Daihachi Yoshida. They harnessed lighting and put it in a bottle that was lost at sea, as nobody really spoke of this movie for around thirty years, both in Japan and here in America. We were missing out. Punk rock rebel Kan and new-wave crooner Shingo are already broken up when we met them, former members of The Stardust Brothers, the greatest band of all time. What came between them? A girl? Their manager? Or are they making their lyrics the sad truth to their real lives? "Once you reach No. 1, you just go down." Look, any movie that has a cameo by UWF founder Akira Maeda and is dedicated to the memory of Winslow Leach is going to be a film that I'm going to proclaim to the heavens. As is often the case with the movies that I love, the press savaged this movie. Tezka told Japan Times, "People are watching it with fresh eyes now, and I've had lots of positive comments. But I wonder about how I could have taken those ideas further, and all the films I might have made, if people had responded like that at the time." This is a movie in love with film, with music, with being young and being incredibly strange. Idol culture is fascinating and never more so when it is shown in this movie, which I urge you - yes, you reading this! - to watch right now. After all, this is "a movie that has traveled light years to find you."

Reviewed by ninjaalexs 7 / 10 / 10

Campy and Fun Japanese Musical

Some Japanese films have a reputation for being OTT and this is no exception. The plot is fairly skinny. Two "brothers" form a band and what we see is the rise and fall after they become famous. Nothing extraordinary in terms of plot, what is extraordinary is how it is put together. We are treated to a car chase scene that is like something out of a Richard Lester film. Coincidentally I'm guessing Beatlemania was an influence as we see a few scenes with hysterical fans. We see a girl in a wedding dress merge with the two brothers and form a giant white ball which bowls down the bad guys chasing them, almost like something out of the cult videogame Katamari Damacy. Early on their is also a weird zombiemonster dance scene reminiscent to Michael Jackson's Thriller, but also predating a lot of music videos I used to watch on MTV. The film was described as Thriller meets Rocky Horror combined with Bill & Ted. Other than the aforementioned monster scene, the similarities end. That scene could equally be influenced by Japanese writer Rampo, but not many people have heard of him so it wasn't mentioned on the box. With regards Rocky Horror Picture Show, the director has stated he was inspired by the film. It shows in the campness with over-the-top acting and cross-dressing. Then we have Bill & Ted mentioned. Other than it being a buddy comedy and the 50s Rock and Roll throwback hairstyles the similarities end. There is a time travelling car in one scene. This film came out the same year as Back To The Future; probably more of a coincidence than anything else. The film is camp, cult classic. It won't be for everybody, especially those that like their film a little more vanilla. For me and judging by the score most people it's a riot.

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