Title: Beck (2010)
Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi (SPEC: The Movie, 20th Century Boys 1-3, Ikebukuro West Gate Park (drama)) *FYAD Note: I LOVE THIS MAN
Screenwriter: Harold Sakuishi (manga), Tetsuya Oishi (screenplay)
Cast: Hiro Mizushima, Takeru Sato, Kenta Kiritani, Shiori Kutsuna, Osamu Mukai, Aoi Nakamura
Synopsis: Maho Minami (Shiori Kutsuna) returns to Japan after studying in New York. Her half brother Ryusuke Minami (Hiro Mizushima) is an ultra talented guitarist. Maho & Ryosuke then meet Koyuki (Takeru Sato ), a fellow young teen whom Maho takes interest in. Soon enough, Ryosuke and Koyuki form a 5 piece rock band named “Beck,” while Maho and Koyuki become involved in a romantic relationship.
The band starts to play live shows and grow an enthusiastic following. The release of their debut CD helps to further the band’s popularity. People start to notice Koyuki. The band then endures a producer’s planned conspiracy and other hardships. Beck then receives an offer to play at a rock festival, but with the unusual stipulation that the band may have to dissolve …
Why This Film is Awesome: I’ve waited so long to post this one and I have no idea why. I guess it’s because I try to post films that are appropriate to what dramas we’re watching at the time. With the onslaught of musical dramas such as Shut Up: Flower Boy Band and Hungry! (which also stars Osamu Mukai), I think this is more than an appropriate time to feature this one on FYAD. Thank goodness too. I was tired of hating myself for not posting it every Friday. Or, in this case, Saturday.
I’ll warn you now that this film has a tendency to be a little cheesy BUT that doesn’t mean it isn’t an overall entertaining film, especially the last scene. Amazing. The young, fresh cast truly gave their all in each of their roles and it shows. Did I find it annoying that the main character has the most beautiful voice ever heard yet we never heard him sing one note? A little, but I give the director props for pulling it off so well (some people felt cheated which I find hilarious.)
Honestly, the effort that was put into each aspect of this film is what makes it so engaging. It’s very commercial which goes against the gritty, rebellious, and independent spirit that the manga originally had, but, ultimately, it’s exactly what the manga (and the film) set out to be: a love letter to