Rival amateur musicians, punk Kan and new-wave Shingo, are sucked inside the corporate beast of Japanese ’80s music industry. Seduced by the allure of fame, they exit as the bedazzled and fabulous Stardust Brothers – complete with silver jumpsuits, cute choreography and the catchiest pop hit toppling the charts overnight. With their beautiful ‘number one fan’ by their side, the Stardust Brothers taste the glory of the spotlight, but their catchy lyrics ‘once you reach No 1, you can only go down’ soon take on a new meaning.
At the age of 23, director Macoto Tezka (son of manga and anime legend Osamu Tezuka) crafted the experimental film around an existing soundtrack by musician and ’80s TV celebrity Haruo Chikada. Played by real-life musicians Shingo Kubota and Kan Takagi, the Stardust Brothers lead an eclectic cast of mostly non-actors including musicians (visual kei icon Issay, Sunplaza Nakano), manga artists (including Lupin III’s Monkey Punch) and film directors (Kiyoshi Kurosawa). Resurrected from obscurity, this 8mm cult classic is an invitation to embrace the cringe and creativity, marvel at low budget ’80s special effects and costuming and tally the endless celebrity cameos.
Tue 26 Nov 8pm screening at Treasury Theatre
Sun 1 Dec 3.30pm screening at The Capitol