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Jeff Feuerzeig (writer)
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From their underground days recording songs in their bedroom to their rise as one of rock music's most alternative bands, this documentary chronicles Jad and David Fair's formation of Half Japanese. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Jeff Feuerzeig 
 
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Jeff Feuerzeig  writer

Produced by
Jeff Feuerzeig .... producer
 
Original Music by
Half Japanese 
 
Cinematography by
Fortunato Procopio 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Sorcher 
 
Production Management
Eric Calderon .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Michael Jordan .... re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Hardwick .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Jeff Kryvicky .... assistant editor
 


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great story of a great band!, 26 September 2000
Author: fomblin from Portland, OR

This is an excellent documentary detailing the genesis and ill-rewarded career of Jad and David Fair, and their pursuit of becoming the best rock and roll band ever.

Half Jap fans will love the behind the scenes stories of how the band came to be, including an amazing vignette about how they signed their first record contract.

But the viewer totally unaware of Half Japanese and the strange influence they've had on American underground culture will also appreciate this film for the story of two goofy, naiive kids who decided they could make music, regardless of everything but intent.

There are some nice appearances by Velvet Underground founder Mo Tucker, Penn Jillette, and the guitar superhero Don Fleming. Sorely missed, however, are comments from jazz sax vanguard (and frequent Half Japanese contributor) John Zorn and Half Japanese's finest producer, Kramer.

The only weak spot in the whole film is the slightly tedious yammerings about poisonous major record labels by kooky music savants Gerard Cosloy and Byron Coley (Coley, who seems to imply that the major labels had somehow gotten their compeuppance in the post-Dokken junkyard of the early 90's.) Clearly Half Japanese is superior to the mind-numbing crap spewed onto the airwaves, but turning Jad into the poster child for independent label struggles is probably not a good fit. Jad himself has his eyes set on writing the most popular rock song ever, which would be hard to do in a 3 person mail room at some indie label hangout.

Indeed Jad and company deserve far more recognition than they ever have gotten in this country. It's sad that we need an excellent film like this to certify Half Japanese culturally, as if without it Half Jap would fade away into oblivion.

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