3 for the film; 5 for the band. While Godspeed on recent records aren't overly amazing - seeing them live is one of the best experiences I've had. 2 hour sets and in person/live the instrument separation and layers of sound is so much more impressive.
The low rating is not due to the film itself but rather the absolutely awful subtitiling job, which is so out of sync with what is being said on screen that it renders many scenes practically incoherent. This is one film in dire need of a good restoration!
GSYBE! got its idea across nicely, or as well as most other biker films. U.S. leather biker gangs were tougher, but (as always) the Japanese were weirder. Propulsive night exteriors. I notice that the version I saw had subs by Superhappyfun.com. That brought back memories. Liked the music, but can't find hide nor hair of it.
"GODDO SUPIIDO YUU! BURAKKU EMPARAA"
Brilliant Japanese title.
This doc is very much a photograph of a specific time and place, but the themes it encompasses (teenage idealism and rebellion, and the consequential loss of both) are universal
A look at youth culture and the rise of biker gangs in Japan in the 1970's. While not as in depth as I'd hoped it'd be, it was an interesting look at a part of Japan I'm not at all familiar with. I'd like to see more from Yanagimachi.