The premise for this one is so simple – Four Japanese orphans form a rock band – yet the execution is so much more. Before I get into the nitty gritty this film is already a certified hit in its home country and I am utterly shocked that it has taken over a year to reach the West, but here I am ready to admit that we are missing out and this is a film everyone will need to see.
So you know the film is about a group of orphans who form a rock band, you may be wondering why?
In the context of the movie it is because the kids lack the ability to truly grieve or feel any emotion and turn to music and as their only way to communicate to the world and hopefully feel again. Along the way we are dragged into a surrealist, colorful, mournful, psychedelic and at it’s core rock n roll story. It is utterly exquisite and the film itself appears to be like a potent cocktail, filled with beautiful flavors yet with a massive kick in it. So if you are looking for something different this will be the film for you.
Per the Japanese-language film’s synopsis: “When four young orphans — Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura — first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes — just enough to start a band — and then conquer the world. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami.”
Sadly I do not know when this film will be released to the general public, you know because of Covid-19 but until then you can distract yourself with this awesome We Are Little Zombies digital coloring book.