By Macoto TEZUKA

THIRD WINDOW FILMS - as SALES All rights, World / DISTR Theatrical, TV, DVD-video, VOD

Musical - Completed 1985

Celebrating the Crazy Cult-Musical Classic You’ve Never Heard of

& Awards

Sitges 2018
hawaii 2018
san diego pacific arts 2018
    • Year of production
    • 1985
    • Genres
    • Musical
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Macoto TEZUKA
    • Writer(s)
    • Macoto TEZUKA
    • Synopsis
    • In 1985, Makoto Tezuka (aka Macoto Tezka, son of the great manga artist Osamu Tezuka) was a 22-year-old film student with many experimental shorts under his belt, feeling the pressure of living up to the Tezuka name. And then he met musician-TV personality Haruo Chicada, who had written a soundtrack to a nonexistent movie, “The Legend of the Stardust Brothers.” The two decided to collaborate on the adaption of the fake soundtrack — and Tezuka’s feature film debut was born.
      A time capsule of inspirations, the film draws from the likes of “A Hard Day’s Night,” “The Night of the Living Dead,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Phantom of the Paradise” (Tezka dedicates the film to its protagonist, Winslow Leach), with dashes of animation, the Village People, Klaus Nomi, George Michael (ca. Wham!) and Las Vegas revues thrown in. Endlessly innocent and kinetic in the way of vintage music videos, there are echoes, homages and pastiches from pop history, and juicy roles for some of Japan’s most famous creators of the time, including musicians Kiyohiko Ozaki, Issay, Sunplaza Nakano and Hiroshi Takano; and cameos by mangaka Monkey Punch (“Lupin the 3rd”), Shinji Nagashima (“Hana Ichi Monme”), Yosuke Takahashi (“Mugen Shinsi”); and even emerging film directors Kiyoshi Kurosawa (“Tokyo Sonata”) and Daihachi Yoshida (“The Kirishima Thing”).