A visual documentary of Einstuerzende Neubauten, the German underground band, by Japanese cult director Sogo Ishii, made during their 1985 tour of Japan. The band makes an elaborate and remarkably choreographed appearance in the ruins of an old ironworks (which was scheduled for demolition; footage of same was incorporated into the movie) and a brief appearance on stage. —IMDb
Sogo Ishii was born in the right place at the right time. The man who is often referred to as Japan’s punk filmmaker grew up in Hakata on the island of Kyushu. When he was in his teens, he found himself in the middle of the punk rock revolution when northern Kyushu became one of the country’s most fertile breeding grounds for new bands.
Along with the Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya) and inevitably Tokyo, Kyushu spawned the musicians and bands that would go on to dominate the punk scene in the late 70s and early 80s. The first Kyushu band to rear their spiked heads were Sunhouse, a mid-70s outfit whose gritty pre-punk rock would become a major influence on those that followed: The Roosterz, fronted by the enigmatic Shinya Ohe, Takanori Jinnai’s leather-clad The Rockers and the recently reformed ARB headed by Ryo Ishibashi (now one of Japan’s most versatile actors, known to many for his role as the victimized widower in Takashi Miike’s Audition).
Ishii himself dabbled… read more