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10 Stardust Brothers

 

... on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7:00 pm to celebrate the madcap cult-musical classic The Legend of the Stardust Brothers – the 1985 feature debut of Makoto Tezuka (now Macoto Tezka), son of the great manga artist Osamu Tezuka. Despite the film’s local success, infectious charm and natty costumes, Brothers never got English subtitles and was never shown outside Japan. Earlier this year, working with British distributor Adam Torel, the director remastered the film and created a subtitled Director’s Cut. In October, it premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, wowing an audience that never even knew it existed. A time capsule of musical stylings and cinematic inspirations, it also features some of Japan’s most famous creators of the time, including musicians Kiyohiko Ozaki, Issay, Sunplaza Nakano and Hiroshi Takano; and cameos from mangaka Monkey Punch, Shinji Nagashima, Yosuke Takahashi and even emerging film directors Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Daihachi Yoshida. The director and composer will be on hand for the Q&A session after the screening. (Japan, 1985; 100 minutes; in Japanese with English subtitles.).


– Karen Severns

 

Published in: December 2018

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