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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Apr 19, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
First of all, this movie contains A LOT of cursing, provocative/improper lines, violent scenes (not that violent, but still violent), & satanic symbols. Definitely not recommended for kids, and for those who doesn't comfortable with those things. I found myself couldn't enjoy this to the fullest because of the quite huge amount of those factors (esp the cursing). But that's apart, it's actually a good movie. In short, this movie was a read more mixture of a bunch of crazy comedy, full music (both death metal & sweet easy listening), minor romance as background plot, and a bit drama.

What makes this movie standout was its crazy comedy (the comedy was not as much as I expected, but when it came, most of the time, I laughed out aloud literally) and most of all, Matsuyama's acting. He was very convincing as both the goofy, sweet, pure yet nerd-looking (and somewhat kinda girly!) Negishi and as the tough plus scary death metal band's vocalist, Krauser (Negishi's stage name). Awesome! Before I watch this, I couldn't imagine him potraying a comical role, but he did it here brilliantly.

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Story: 9 - As you'd expected from manga-based movies, the story was very refreshing and original. But there were some missing link at character development part. Ok, Negishi was trapped into a death metal band, but how he could act *that* well and natural as a tough & such a violent speaker like a real death metal band vocalist (while he's still the pure & innocent Negishi at back stage) was a mystery (they did show the reason at the middle part of the movie, but Krauser has been a very violent speaker from the start). In addition, I think Negishi's band partners should got more screentime since they're such interesting characters. But again, it can't be help, since this show is a movie, and was all about Negishi. It would need a series to properly deal with other characters.

Acting: 9 - With his semi-double roles, Matsuyama was without doubt, the star of the show. Perhaps 75%-85% of the movie relayed on his acting, and he used it to showed his skill to the fullest. Excellent.
The rest of the cast did a good job. I don't fancy the manager's acting, but I do like the actress & actor of Aikawa (the girl) and Wada (the enthusiast Negishi's band partner). They did their part nicely. I also feel the need to credit a couple of notable minor supporting roles as well (some of Krauser's die hard fans). They were simply funny!

Music: 8 - Here you'll found 2 types of completely different music: sweet-happy easy-listening pop (which is Negishi's true interest) and death metal music (which Negishi despises heartily, but forced to perform). By nature, if you like one of the said genre, most likely you'd despise the other one, rite? So, just bear with what you don't like, because both of them had almost equal "screentime" :D (the death metal one was quite dominating though)

Directing & editing: 7.5 - Like what I've said before, there were some missing link in the story. You'd still get the whole idea, but it could be better.

Rewatch value: 6.8 - I probably will rewatch this to watch the hilarious scenes.

----- Conclusion: if you're fine with movies with cursing (almost) all of the time, quite violent scenes (visually & verbally), and some satanic symbol, and if you're in the mood for something crazy & funny (but not that flat, it was actually quite emotional at times), this is for you.
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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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    FairlyFaa 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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