80s music tagged posts

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

Director: Macoto Tezuka

Writer: Macoto Tezuka

Cast: Kan Takagi, Shingo Kubota, Kyôko Togawa, Kiyohiko Ozaki, ISSAY

Cert: 15

Producers: Katsunori Haruta, Takashige Ichise, Katsuichi Takagi

Music: Haruo Chicada (musical director)

Cinematography: Eiichi Ôsawa

Editors: Mara Kishi, Macoto Tezuka

Running time: 101mins

Year: 1985

What’s the story: Through the magic of song and music videos, a Japanese pop duo recount their rise and fall.

What’s the verdict: You can always rely on Third Window to deliver the most cult of cult items from Asia. The Legend of the Stardust Brothers disappeared virtually unnoticed upon its 1985 release in Japan, and never saw distribution outside the country.

A shame it languished so long in obscuri...

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Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine - Arterton, Scholey posterDirectors: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini

Writer: Joshua St Johnson

Cast: Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton, Greg Wise, Katy Brand, Guilio Berruti

Cert: 12

Running Time: 97mins

Year: 2014


The lowdown: Part extended music video, part travel guide, part Hollyoaks: The Musical. Directors Max and Dania (Street Dance, Street Dance2) have assembled a game ensemble (including X-Factor winner Leona Lewis in her don’t-give-up-your-day-job big screen debut) but the result is a discordant disaster unlikely to entice anyone away from the last gasps of summer sun.

Walking on Sunshine - Greg Wise, Annabel ScholeyWalking on Sunshine - Hannah Arterton , Annabel Scholey

The full verdict: From the bombastic opening blast of Madonna’s ‘Holiday’, this Mamma Mia wannabe relentlessly lashes the lugholes with a back catalogue of random eighties hits shoehorned in to fit the thong-thin plot.

While there’s courage in...

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