Saturday, June 28, 2008

Oresama (2004)

Takano Hassei
Kubata Shouta
Hamasama Akane
Oogushi Erika
Matsushima Ryouta
Miyavi plays a rockstar in Japan (a role he should be comfortable fitting into) in the year 2003. After being ambushed by screaming fangirls he enters a van, in which he falls asleep and is *magically* transported back to the year 1984. Receiving various reactions from the locals for his "fake" Japanese bills and eccentric attire, he reads a newspaper and realizes he's no longer in 2003. Meeting up with a local musician, he makes some friends, forms a band and various amusing antics ensue, including Miyavi meeting himself as a child and playing a live show for a bunch of screaming fans. Before long, however, Miyavi realizes he can't stick around in 1984 and he has to return to his present. The movie covers the story of how the 'hero', who has no house and no money he can use, meets other musicians and forms a band so they can make money to live off of. It is a 'half-autobiography', meaning it's partly based on Miyavi's real experiences in the music industry.
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I fell in love with this movie. It was simple. It wasn't made to win an oscar. It was a naive movie about the "almost" life of guitar god, Miyavi. Miyavi playing himself.

Miyavi amazed me with his wholesome image and naive character improvisation of himself. Having tired of the fandom, his van is transported 20 years back in time to 1984. Of course, if you know what Miyavi looks like, it would be a complete culture shock for those in that time period. Or not. At that time, punk rock was still mainstream.

Realizing that he was transported back to fix himself as a little kid, he comes to learn about himself as an adult also. It's really an endearing piece of work. You can't help but melt a little bit as he actually plays with the child (who is actually him as a kid).

He comes to play in a simple band where he is not known...yet. At this time, he comes to learn to like himself as a band member and learns to trust himself again. No longer afraid of the rockstar status.

Miyavi ROCKS!

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