I want to become a trendy musician. Debuting as trendy pop musician like Ozawa Kenji or Cornelius. That’s my dream.
But then I’ve graduated…and the band I’m in…
Yes, we are a demon metal band. DMC, meaning Detroit Metal City.
Why did it turn out like that?
Where did I make mistake?
What I want wasn’t this kind of music.
And not this band!
Detroit Metal City is one crazy and hilarious movie!
I didn’t know that the movie was a live action version of manga/anime of the same name (If I knew, I would have put the review together with Rurouni Kensin and Ranma ½ in a post called from anime to live action). Anyway, it seems that almost all Manga turns to anime than to live action…I honestly don’t mind at all as long as the one making it is still Japanese (remember the horror of Dragon Ball?). To put it short, although I haven’t seen the anime nor read the manga…I am really satisfied with Detroit Metal City-live action. It makes me want to find the anime 😉
Soichiro Negishi wants to be a pop singer who sings cheerful songs. Negishi is a shy college boy who is not attractive at all, he is rather nerdy and goofy…but he is very nice. Somewhere along, a scary manager (blonde woman with foul mouth) puts her power on Negishi and turns him into a singer of a Death Metal band (Negishi calls it akuma instead of death) called Detroit Metal City. When he ss on stage, he turns into Krauser…a man who often shouts the words Kill, Rape and other bad words…but once he stepps down from the stage he turns back to the nerdy looking guy named Negishi.
Negishi seems like a person with two different personalities. The other DMC members are also fake…the guitarist is boy who likes to kiss the boss’ ass and the drummer is a quiet otaku boy. None of the DMC members are as they look like on stage. DMC becomes more and more popular as an independent band. They also challenge other independent bands from different genre, like rap and punk.
The Boss’ dream is for DMC to be better than the legendary Death Metal singer from US, Jack Il Dark.
Apart from Negishi’s dilemma in DMC and his ambition to sing pop music, he also faces problems with his love life. He is in love with his college friend who is so into pop and trendy music.
If you have watched many Japanese movies, it is easy to guess that the movie is about Negishi finding his way to accept his music.
Detroit Metal city is a truly fun movie…do remember to forget all the reality when watching this kind of Japanese Movie…you might ask how come his wig doesn’t fall of or how come no ambulance come when the stage blow up…you know stuff like that! The movie is based on Manga/anime and for sure it will look over many things that usually happen in real life.
DMC, as many Japanese teenage movies, has good message. It is about chasing your dream even though you might astray a bit but it’s still your dream. Obstacle might come but keep the dream on.
When I was looking for the trailer in youtube, sadly someone mentioned that the acting was terrible…that person clearly hasn’t seen Ken’ichi Matsuyama (Souchiro Negishi) other roles. Even in this movie, we can see his brilliant acting as he has to act as two completely different people at the same time, the goofy Negishi and the cool Krauser. Matsuken already mesmerized me as L (Death Note the movie) because he is everything I have imagined when I read Death Note (manga). I have seen several of his movies and he has shown me how versatile he is.
The other actors/actresses are also good but Matsuken really steal the show.
…and then…since the name of the band was based on KISS song called Detroit Rock City, the producer cleverly asked Gene Simmons to be Jack Il Dark. It was a very pleasant surprise!!
I also love the music! Even though the lyrics are really bad but the music is awesome! I grew up in metal era and always love that genre. You can listen to one of the music here.
My favorite funny moments are the one in the toilet…that one is really funny and I can’t control my laugh at all; the family scene…and of course that last stage moment is just insane, it makes my stomach hurt.
I am soooo happy that Jason @ Genki na Hito’s Blog once again agree to do a double review with me 🙂 I really like his blog and he shares the same love I have toward Asian Movies, mostly Japanese movies. I had so much fun doing The Twilight Samurai review with him because I can read what he thought of the movie at the same time I am doing mine. And now it’s another great fun to read his review which is always more thorough than mine. Jason wrote the movie summary in a different style to mine (which is something I always enjoy…same movie summary with different approach). Jason also mentioned about Matsuken’s acting ability. Do spare your time to read his review too 🙂
To Jason: let’s do this again 🙂
Although I have shared Japanese movie for World Cinema Series, but I like DMC a lot and I think more people should know about it…hence I am putting this movie as my fifth movie for World Cinema Series. World Cinema series is hosted by Caroline @ Beauty Is a sleeping Cat.