Makoto Tezuka directs Shingo Kubota, Kan Takagi and Kyôko Togawa in this Japanese musical comedy about a manufactured pop duo who implode at the height of their temporary fame.
An absolute blast of makeshift zaniness and self aware satire. Almost entirely a series of lo-fi pop videos strung together into a rise and fall plot, the cartoon energy never relents and we spoof punk, horror, The Beatles and anime in the breathless poppy abandon of it all. The humour is very Japanese but if you’ve seen a few Beat Takeshis you’ll have your bearings. Man of the Match is Kyôko Togawa’s preternaturally sunny superfan. I’d struggle to think of such an upbeat, smiley character who keeps you enamoured with a throwaway movie no matter what weird and wonderful tangents it disappears off to on a whim.
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