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Gekijoban Shinsei Kamattechan (Shinsei Kamattechan the Movie)

by Daniel Robson

Director: Yu Irie

Language: Japanese

Like The Beatles, Elvis and Guitar Wolf before them, rising Japanese Net-savvy meta-punk band Shinsei Kamattechan have got their own movie. It follows several threads — one based on the major-label band’s (fictional) struggle to retain artistic freedom, the others about a variety of troubled fans (ages 5 to 35) in the runup to a big Kamattechan concert. Smartly put together, it sticks up a perfectly manicured middle finger at conformity, pitching tales of growing pains and the pressures of adulthood to a scandalous soundtrack. Loud and ugly-beautiful.