Jad & david are half japanese the worlds greatest underground band and the most unlikely pair of rock heroes as can be imagined. The band that would be king is as wildly eccentric as the subject it captures. Featuring moe ... more »tucker penn jillette and a slew of record industry executives. Studio: Vanguard Cinema Release Date: 05/31/2005 Run time: 90 minutes Rating: Nr« less
"This film reminds us what rock music is supposed to be about. At the conclusion of the movie I was left second guessing my own opinion of what talent is and what what music is supposed to represent. It takes a stab at the changes in music brought about by music video and what the music industry has compromised by insisting that performers be beautiful. I would recommend this video to any young person thinking about starting a band or any old person who has forgotten what it is like to feel something when you hear music. A must see."
Indie rock heaven - - showing the kids how it is done!
kennyfantastic | Seattle, WA unfortunately | 09/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful picture about some of indie rock's most eccentric stars. The live rooftop performance of "1,000,000 kisses" is worth the price of admission alone. And Jay Fair's explanation of "How to play guitar" may cause you to wet yourself with delight. Have napkins close for the tears of laughter and joy. If you like indie rock check this out. My only complaint is all of the major label bashing. It is rather pointless in this context. There is also some blow hard DJ type who disses the Beatles (! ). As does someone who negatively reviewed this DVD, but he appears to hate almost everything except the J Geils Band's (?) first album. Bwahahahahahahaha! BUY BUY BUY!"
An American Treasure
Michael Monteiro | San Francisco, CA United States | 07/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some day the Fair brothers will be spoken about in the same breath as Woody Guthrie and Elvis. They are pure American treasures worthy of having their heads put on stamps. Especially if the stamps aren't perfect rectangles. You need to see this documentary. For extra credit check out "Daniel Johnston & Jad Fair .""
Why are these men not Kings?
Kat Heath | Seattle | 03/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this movie. I love this band. Some people may think that Half Japanese, as well as this movie, is all a joke. Little do they know that Half Japanese could easily take over the planet. While the movie focuses on the entire career of Half Japanese, the most interesting story is how Charmed Life got released. Or didn't get released for 4 years after the completion date. The early home movies of Half Japanese performing are hilarious and incredibly heart-warming, especially the footage at the retirement home. After watching this moving it is easy to see how many bands have been influenced Half Japanese. Jad and David Fair are true indie kings."
A. Abbott | South Dakota | 06/06/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I started watching this DVD with wide eyed anticipation and an open mind. And then I watched it.. This documentary just seems to drag on slowly, like trying to run over a five lane railroad track with chains and weights around your body; three trains barreling toward you in both directions. Not to mention a rabid rhino in there just to confuse you. Save your money and buy something else."