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The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985)

Hoshikuzu kyôdai no densetsu (original title)
In 1985, Makoto Tezuka, the son of manga genius Osamu Tezuka, was still a film student with a few experimental shorts to his credit and who was entrusted with the mission to turn an album by Haruo Chikada into a musical film.

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Macoto Tezuka (as Makoto Teduka)

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Macoto Tezuka (screenplay) (as Makoto Teduka)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shingo Kubota Shingo Kubota ... Shingo
Kan Takagi Kan Takagi ... Kan (as Kazuhiro Takagi)
Kyôko Togawa Kyôko Togawa ... Marimo
Issay Issay ... Kaworu Niji
Kiyohiko Ozaki Kiyohiko Ozaki ... Atomic Minami
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mie Akatsuka Mie Akatsuka ... Chorus dancer
Motoko Arai Motoko Arai ... Presentor
Haruo Chikada Haruo Chikada ... Ruined musician
Koichi Ekura Koichi Ekura ... London boots
Evelyn Evelyn ... Shingo's Lover
Miwako Fukushima Miwako Fukushima ... Chorus dancer
Hiroko Hasegawa Hiroko Hasegawa ... Chorus dancer
Tohru Hasegawa Tohru Hasegawa ... Beautiful man
Jin Homma Jin Homma ... Atomic Dancer
Masatô Ibu ... Mystery Man (voice)
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In 1985, Makoto Tezuka, the son of manga genius Osamu Tezuka, was still a film student with a few experimental shorts to his credit and who was entrusted with the mission to turn an album by Haruo Chikada into a musical film.

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Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

27 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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The Legend of the Stardust Brothers See more »

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Impressive Film for a 22 Year Old!
25 July 2019 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

Shinga (Shinga Kubota) and Kan (Kan Takagi) are the singers in rival pop bands, until the mysterious Minami (Kiyohiko Ozaki) of Atomic Promotion signs them up as a pop duo to be called the Stardust Brothers. Although they can't stand each other initially, they jump at the massive amount of money on offer, and after only a week with the company, they are superstars with the #1 pop song on the charts! But fame can be fickle, and soon enough Minami is approached to raise up another artist, Karuo (Issay), the son of a powerful politician, and Shinga and Kan are yesterday's news. But Karuo has designs on Marimo (Kyoko Togawa), the young girl who first led the fan club of the Stardust Brothers and then became a pop star herself, and Karuo is used to getting what he wants....

This was an early film by director Makoto Tezuka, son of legendary Osamu Tezuka, when he was only 22 years old. Despite his youth, the film hangs together quite well, with plenty of nods to pop music of the era and an enthusiastic and energetic cast. A bit of slapstick here and an odd monochrome framing device add to the fun; the occasional homophobia-as-laugh-getter hasn't aged well, however. Overall, though, the film has its moments and the flavor of the Japanese pop culture in the mid-1980s is quite entertaining.


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