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Ghostroads: A Japanese Rock N Roll Ghost Story (2017)

A struggling musician finds a haunted amp with a ghost who promises fame.

Writers:

James Honeycutt, Mike 'in Tokyo' Rogers (as Mike Rogers)
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Credited cast:
Makoto Arikida Makoto Arikida ... Engineer
Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself
Kansas Bowling ... Radio engineer
Ura Dai Ura Dai ... Muddy
Darrell Harris Darrell Harris ... Peanut Butter
Tomomi Hiraiwa Tomomi Hiraiwa ... Shinobu
Tosa Kazuya Tosa Kazuya ... Larry
Shinichiro Kodo Shinichiro Kodo ... Danny
Hiroshi Matsumoto Hiroshi Matsumoto ... Himself
Koji Morihara Koji Morihara ... Himself
Naoki Murakami Naoki Murakami ... Engineer
Takumi Nakamura Takumi Nakamura ... Pete
Tatsuji Nobuhara Tatsuji Nobuhara ... Shinzo
Ryô Ohkubo Ryô Ohkubo ... Mr. Chang
Miwako Osamura Miwako Osamura ... Miwa Rock
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Storyline

It's a Hard Day's Night in Japan with a Faustian Twist. The Screamin' Telstars are a Japanese retro rock band that are fronted by Tony as lead vocalist & lead guitar. They have been struggling and playing with each other for years but have never met with any real commercial success. One day, Tony's amp burns up and he goes to buy a new one at a guitar shop with a curious owner. Tony winds up with an amp that has a history behind it. From the amp, comes a ghost who promises Tony fame and immortality in return for a favor; namely getting rid of his band - forever. The ghost also promises Tony fame greater than his old rival from his student days, rock god Shinzo. Tony gets everything he ever dreamed of... But not exactly the way he planned...

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ghost | japan | cult | rock n roll | See All (4) »

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It's a Hard Day's Night in Japan with a Faustian Twist.

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Comedy | Horror | Music

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

25 September 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Roads See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Mike Rogers, producer, writer and co-director was the lead singer of a famous early 1977 Los Angeles punk band, The Rotters, who performed the seventies punk classic, "Sit on My Face, Stevie Nix." See more »

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When they said this had 'cult' status, did they mean like The Room?
5 September 2018 | by peeedeee-94281See all my reviews

I should have seen the warning signs on this one. Not very much written about it online, only one review on IMDB, nobody commenting on the trailer, despite it having been released in early 2017, while Wikipedia says it had 'cult status in Japan'. Well, this movie makes Wiseau's The Room look like Citizen Kane. At least The Room was entertaining in a funny way, this film is neither entertaining nor funny. It doesn't help that 'Tony', the protagonist, has little or no personality. Why should we feel for this guy? I thought the other guitars in the Neatbeats was more charismatic. This film is just a series of scenes of him going into the studio, playing for barely 20 seconds with the band, then him leaving. His band mates literally look like they live in the studio, they're always there! And if Tony's not walking in and out of the studio, he's randomly walking on the street, stuff happens that leaves one scratching your head. And The Music - which they want us to believe makes this like A Hard Day's Night - is barely even there. They don't even play complete songs, just starting half way in and stopping midway. The only good song they play all the way through is what is in the trailer. The pacing is bad, the dialogue is forced full of long pauses like the actors were either trying to remember their lines or they weren't sure if the other person should start talking. Visually, this movie looks like it was shot and edited on a cellphone. Sometimes the image moved smoothly, sometimes it was choppy, like watching a youtube video from 2007. Most irritating was the spooky musical cue they played for Peanut Butter. They played it ALL the time. Yes we get it, he's a ghost! Save your money on this one. I'm all for supporting up and coming film makers, but I think I should be paying for a GOOD product. This one, sorry, I wouldn't even bother streaming for free if it was offered. I would have shut it off after the first 3 minutes.


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