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8000 Miles (2009)
"SR: Saitama no rappâ" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  14 March 2009 (Japan)
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(Japanese with English subtitles) This surprise indie box office hit in Japan follows the tragi-comic trials and tribulations of a group of wannabe rappers struggling to make something of themselves in the suburban sprawls of Tokyo.

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(Japanese with English subtitles) This surprise indie box office hit in Japan follows the tragi-comic trials and tribulations of a group of wannabe rappers struggling to make something of themselves in the suburban sprawls of Tokyo.

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So uncool, so moving
16 February 2014 | by (Saitama) – See all my reviews

If you want to see cool rappers, then you should watch "8 miles".

However, if you want to see someone who is chasing an impossible dream, and still never gives up, "8000 miles" is the right one.

This film is about amateur rappers in Japan. They are not good at rapping, but still, dreaming to become famous rappers.

Before you watch this film, if you do not know much about Japan, there are a few things you need to know about.

Firstly, rap music is not so popular in Japan.

Many Japanese people have a stereotypical image that "Hip-hop music is only cool when it is sung by black people". Therefore, Japanese rappers are sometimes treated unfairly.

Some people openly make fun of them.

In this film, 8000 miles, this discrimination against Japanese rappers is one of the main themes.

Another thing you need to know about is the location. The scene of this film is laid in "Saitama".

Saitama prefecture is next to Tokyo, so it is not a remote countryside. But everything is mediocre, and there is almost nothing to be proud of.

That is why people call it Da-Saitama. ("Da-sai" means uncool.)

To sum up, the characters of this film are in the worst city in the worst country to be rappers.

So, basically, you can watch this film as a comedy.

Watching ugly guys in a lame city rapping funny, you will laugh at them.

However, in the end, there is a point they are made to give up their dream. They need to make decision whether they give up their dream and start normal lives or keep moving toward their dream.

Please watch the film and check how it ends.

Anyone who gave up his dream, or anyone who is about to give up his dream,

anyone who has no talent but still cannot give up their dream,

must watch this film.

Obviously, this is a cheap, low-budget film, but it surely has a power to encourage you.

Tips: The original Japanese title of this film is "Rappers in Saitama". much better than the English title.


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