Detroit Metal City (2008)

Detroit Metal City (2008)

Released: 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Genre, Music
Director: Toshio Lee
Starring: Ryûji Akiyama, Yoshihiko Hosoda, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, ,
Run time: 104 min
IMDb: 6.7/10
Country: Japan
Views: 125765


Soichi Negishi moved to Tokyo to chase his dream of becoming a musician playing stylish, Swedish-style pop. Instead, he finds himself leading the death metal band Detroit Metal City, or DMC, as the costumed and grotesquely made-up “demon emperor” Johannes Krauser II. Although he hates the role and the things he has to do as a member of the band, he has a definite talent for it. Adapted from the hit Japanese comic book by Kiminori Wakasugi, the movie follows Negishi’s antics as he tries to reconcile the two very different sides of his life and find out what it really means to achieve his dream.
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User Reviews: The DMC anime was memorable, quirky and really damn dark and despite it’s flaws I certainly enjoyed it. The live action takes the story and compacts it including only the major scenes and that both works in it’s favour and detriment.

For a start the lead is really quite bad, I have no idea why they insisted on making the character so excessively camp but I didn’t like it. Top that with the whole thing being played down (Especially Krauser) that it could pass for a 12 rating easily.

If you’ve seen the anime then I’d say don’t bother with this, if you don’t like anime then this will have to do at getting this great story across.

This live action isn’t terrible, it’s just inferior to something released the very same year!

The Good:

Great soundtrack

DMC is still a great concept

Unlike the anime we actually have structure in the story

The Bad:

Lead is stupidly camp

Things I learnt from this movie:

Nine times out of ten Anime beats the hell out of it’s live action counterpart

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