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Karaoke Terror: The Complete Japanese Showa Songbook
Karaoke Terror The Complete Japanese Showa Songbook
Actors: Ryuhei Matsuda, Masanobu Ando
Director: Tetsuo Shinohara
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Music Video & Concerts, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2008     1hr 52min

From the mind of writer Ryu Murakami (AUDITION) comes the satirical tale of two groups of outsiders who make war on each other, set to a soundtrack of retro karaoke hits. A gang of young slacker guys (the Gakis) idle away ...  more »

     
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Actors: Ryuhei Matsuda, Masanobu Ando
Director: Tetsuo Shinohara
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Music Video & Concerts, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Other Music, Fantasy
Studio: Synapse Films
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Karaoke
DVD Release Date: 04/29/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 52min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Sadness in the form of a happy song
C. Christopher Blackshere | I am the devil's reject | 03/16/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Written by Ryu Murakami(AUDITION), I knew I was in for a dark excursion into counter-culture madness. KARAOKE TERROR is the satirical tale of two groups of societal misfits waging war against each other. These battles are all set to a soundtrack of retro karaoke hits.

It's the group of young slackers, content on doing nothing but play video games and writing Amazon reviews. Oops, I mean play video games and scoping out the ladies. After one kid gets insulted by a middle-age divorcee, he retaliates by slitting her throat. Her lady friends unite and devise their plans for revenge.

This movie starts off excellent, with some startling and stylistic murders that I totally loved. It delves into the idiosyncratic tendencies of the two different generations, with a spiritual unrest and mounting feelings of insecurity. The Showa-era songs and the violence seem to unite them within their own groups.

Unfortunately the battles escalate into some comical buffonery that I didn't really care for. It felt like a Miike rip-off. It isn't believable in the least, with bazookas and homemade atomic bombs. Some might enjoy it, I just lost interest after the first half of bloody, realistic murders. Still not bad."