Interstella 5555 – The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5y5tem
Kazuhisa Takenouchi & Leiji Matsumoto, Japan / France, 2003, 68'
With the film “Interstella 5555”, a boyhood dream came true for the two Parisian techno gurus of Daft Punk. The Japanese animators admired by them have made an anime of their second iconic album Discovery from 2001. The movie plays as one long video clip, with the songs - including One More Time, Harder Better Faster Stronger, Aerodynamic and Digital Love - as the metronomes of a story without dialogue, a rather idiotic plot about four extra-terrestrial musicians abducted by an evil manager, brainwashed and transformed into The Crescendolls, the world’s most successful band.
Legendary Japanese animator Leiji Matsumoto and director Kazuhisa Takenuchi give the movie a retro 70s look, portraying a nostalgic journey back to the time of wrong haircuts, psychedelic colours and the science fiction concept albums of David Bowie, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra. The visual style chimes in with Leiji Matsumoto's influential anime like “Space Battleship Yamato” and “Captain Harloc”k AKA “Albator”, but this time with a soundtrack that pumps on the funky bass line from here to the other side of the Milky Way.
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