Detroit Metal City

Detroit Metal City (2008)

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Soichiro Negishi (Kenichi Matsuyama) is a music obsessed young teen, making the jump from his rural hometown to the big city of Tokyo. His goal is to become a successful musician, but not your typical J-pop star. Soichiro Negishi has a love for indie twee pop. The kind of music popular in the trendier areas of Tokyo like Shibuya. Unfortunately for Soichiro Negishi he fails miserably in gaining any type of following read morefor his music. Then one day he spots a flier for a music agency looking to recruit musicians. With his home-burned CD in hand, he enters the music agency's office.
Fast forward a few more months and Soichiro Negishi is now the front man for an up-and-coming band. Unfortunately for Soichiro, the band is an ultra-heavy death metal band that sings about Satanism, rape, & murder. The band also parades around in make-up reminiscent of the heavy metal band KISS crossed with Ziggy Stardust era David Bowie. As you might guess, Soichiro is absolutely miserable performing this type of music, but his fear of his abusive female manager keeps him in the band. Meanwhile, Soichiro runs across old college sweatheart Yuri Aikawa (Rosa Kato). Yuri shares Soichiro's love for twee pop and works for a hip magazine as a music columnist. Sochiro is too embarrassed to tell Yuri what type of music he now plays. Can Soichiro gain the affection of Yuri without Yuri discovering the truth behind his day time gig? Complicating matters even more, the infamous death metal artist known as Jack (Gene Simmons) is set to retire, but first sets out on a farewell world tour. Soichiro's band "Death Metal City" then gets thrust into a death metal challenge with Jack for the adoration of all Japanese music fans.

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May 19, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0

This is about a guy who leaves home to study music at a university. His ambition is to one day produce indie pop songs to the world. There's just a small problem.

He takes a job part-time as a lead singer of a metal band. Although it's only a temporary job... or so he thought.

It jumps a few years later and he's still in the band but now read more it's becomed a extremely popular underground metal band. He produces music for the band but clearly this isn't what he wants.

The band rises up worldwide becoming the next number 1 heavy metal band and in the end, they have a duel against a former heavy metal artist, Jack.

This is absolutely funny, couldn't stop laughing throughout the whole movie. A must watch if you're looking for some comedy.
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Jun 21, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
This wasn't a bad movie at all though it wasn't my type. Though it was a comedy there was a lot of violence vocalized and a lot of vulgarity in the songs but at the same time I was enjoying the music and movie was pretty good. Matsuyama Kenichi played Krauser so well, he was totally awesome in Krauser form but his nerdy form was just to much, the way he ran read more and walked omg. It was actually funny in some spots though I never broke out laughing I did smile most of the movie. Matsuyama is a very talented person to be able to play these dual characters so well and Krauser was funny and cool when dealing with his brother and the parents were so funny. Though this wasn't my typical kind of movie I like it, however I wouldn't suggest it to anyone easily offended.
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music.. one character has to pretend as another person when on stage to perform. really interesting. ^^ mizushima hiro vs matsuyama kenichi (their hair in these movies are really weird)have fun!
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    namopanik Apr 21, 2017

    no way, they made a live action out of this! (me spotting every other drama)

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    Story Aug 8, 2015

    lol Gene Simmons made an appearance too!

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    hildarestumunggaran Jul 28, 2014

    hahaha what a funny movie , good transformation from village boy into spooky metal singer :D

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    Ettie Nov 20, 2013

    This movie, unfortunately, is not about the city Detroit or its metal industry. Still, good laughs.

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    Otakueen Sep 12, 2013

    I'm a little bit disappointed because it's anime is one of my best -.- If it belonged to manga/anime, DMC would be better. That's what I think ^^ Btw, I really like Satsugai \m/

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    em45 Jun 9, 2013

    so funny, i have never laughed so hard.

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    KateBison Dec 17, 2012

    this people who loves metal. this is a movie for you !
    gosh i love it specially the music :D

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    ggkm Jun 24, 2012

    My all time favorite movie! Have watched it many times and still make me laugh! Love Matsuyama Kenichi in this one!

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    devitto Feb 4, 2012

    I really enjoyed this movie. It was funny, emotional and well-done. Matsuyama Kenichi played his role really, really well. :)


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    Aug 23, 2008
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    1 hr. 44 min.


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