Comedy / Drama / Music
Comedy / Drama / Music
Keywords: rock bandautobiographical
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'Rockers' is an inconspicuous provincial rock band which could brag of empty halls and a single fan only. Jin (group soloist) desperately dreamed of a rock star career instead of a carpenter family business. Bassist Gaku-chan so much wanted to fly since childhood that has serious problems with the use of every possible types of psychotropic substances. Momo-chan (drums) have no luck in love, and every new failure only leaves crossed out tattoos on his body. Ko-chan (guitar) is a mess of sexual repression after a childhood at the mercy of two elder sisters eager to use him as a guinea pig for their make-up skills. The band would drag to a bleak existence, until they forced to look for an additional guitar player and crazy talented and charismatic guitarist Tani joins them. Now when the group found its soul and the engine, they intend to fly to the top and reach all their dreams: to become professional musicians and stars, have a lot of fans, women and drugs.
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Rokkazu / Rockers Review
Rokkazu (or Rockers to give it it's English title) is a comedy drama based on real-life Japanese rock band: Rockers. The film is a fictional account with some of the details changed. Perhaps the fiction is more interesting than the reality. The film follows the band playing gigs in various venues before they make it big. The film also looks at the relationship between the band members.
Rockers was a surprise. I expected it to be a mediocre comedy at best; filled with toilet humour but what the film delivered was much better. Good acting throughout albeit over-the-top but, it works. Nicely edited and filmed especially the performance footage. The comedy in the film is also funny and I found myself laughing more than a few times (which is rare). It also references many rock idols such as Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards which adds to the fun. Comedy aside there are also some quite touching moments which adds balance.
Overall: A fine film. The comedy is actually funny with enough drama to keep it balanced and interested. Fun and entertaining throughout. Even the music is good. Well worth seeking out a copy.