Wataru Takagi and Shingo Kubota in The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985)
Wataru Takagi and Shingo Kubota in The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985)
The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

Makoto Tezuka | Japan | 1985 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 14 Dec 2022

Directed by the son of 'the Father of Manga', Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka, shot on Super 16mm and bizarrely adapting a soundtrack album written by TV personality Haruo Chikada for a non-existent film, this only recently rediscovered rise-and-fall New Wave musical, with its unflagging cartoonish freneticism, can lay claim to marking “the greatest ‘becoming an overnight sensation’ montage in musical history” (David Ehrlich). Drawing inspiration from Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise, it features cameos galore from Japanese musicians, manga artists, filmmakers and more, along with an animated sequence by Yōsuke Takahashi.

Format: DCP
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Source: Third Window Films
Runtime: 100 mins

Event duration

100 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Also screening on Wed 14 December


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The Lure (2015) – Wed 14 Dec, 7pm
The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985) – Wed 14 Dec, 8.45pm
The Hop Pickers (1964) – Wed 21 Dec, 7pm
Singing on the Treadmill (1974) – Wed 21 Dec, 8.45pm

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About the program

The movie musical, while intermittently revived in the mainstream affections, has long been associated with the golden age of Hollywood between the 1930s and the 1960s. This season demonstrates that the musical has also flourished away from this perceived American “centre” – while still existing in dialogue with it – throughout the subsequent decades.

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