Karaoke Terror: The Complete Japanese Showa Songbook

Overview

Audition writer Ryu Murakami returns to shock and surprise movie lovers with this darkly satirical comedy about an absurd street war between two gangs of violent, karaoke-loving outsiders. The Gakis are a gang of young slackers whose primary passion in life is staging elaborate karaoke recreations of the nostalgic, Showa-era songs (classic hits from the 1940s to the 1980s) they grew up on. The Midoris are a group of thirty-something female divorcees who share a similar passion for classic karaoke hits, yet ...
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Overview

Audition writer Ryu Murakami returns to shock and surprise movie lovers with this darkly satirical comedy about an absurd street war between two gangs of violent, karaoke-loving outsiders. The Gakis are a gang of young slackers whose primary passion in life is staging elaborate karaoke recreations of the nostalgic, Showa-era songs (classic hits from the 1940s to the 1980s) they grew up on. The Midoris are a group of thirty-something female divorcees who share a similar passion for classic karaoke hits, yet despite their similar interests these two crews are about to become locked on a cataclysmic collision course. When a Gaki is rejected while trying to pick up a Midori, the humiliation proves too hard to handle and he instinctively kills the woman. The Midoris quickly retaliate, and the war is on. At first both gangs rely on knives and guns to exact their vicious revenge, but before long a simple bullet just won't suffice. As the violence escalates and both gangs up the ante by securing increasingly advanced and destructive weaponry, two generations forgotten by society clash in an explosive frenzy of apocalyptic fury.
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Special Features

"Making of" featurette including interviews with director Tetsuo Shinoharra, orignal novelist Ryan Murakami, and the cast; Original theatrical trailer and tv spot; Liner notes by Midnight Eye writer Nicholas Rucka and a written guide to karaoke and Enka (Japanese Popular Music) by film scholar Christine Yano
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • UPC: 654930307793
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Synapse Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 58,768

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryuhei Matsuda
Masanobu Ando
Yoshio Harada
Kanako Higuchi
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi
Kayoko Kishimoto
Technical Credits
Tetsuo Shinohara Director
Yorihiro Ike Score Composer
Sumio Omori Screenwriter
Hiroshi Takase Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Karaoke Terror: The Complete Japanese Showa Songbook
1. Sugioka and Ishihara [1:56]
2. The Season of Love [7:59]
3. Shooting Star, Roaming Star [12:13]
4. Tink Tiki Blues [15:20]
5. The Hill With a Harbor View [23:42]
6. Rusty Knife [15:03]
7. Love Me to the Bone [13:40]
8. Forever With You [12:06]
9. Until We Meet Again [10:06]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Karaoke Terror: The Complete Japanese Showa Songbook
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Making of Karaoke Terror
      TV Spot
      Trailer
      Teaser
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
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