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Detroit Metal City (2008)

Detoroito Metaru Shiti (original title)
A nerd who dreams of becoming a sappy pop star ends up leading a death metal group.


Toshio Lee


Kiminori Wakasugi (manga), Mika Ohmori (adaptation)
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Credited cast:
Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... Sôichi Negishi / Johannes Krauser II
Yoshihiko Hosoda ... Masayuki Wada / Alexander Jaggi
Ryûji Akiyama Ryûji Akiyama ... Terumichi Nishida / Camus
Rosa Katô Rosa Katô ... Yuri Aikawa
Yasuko Matsuyuki ... Boss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adeyto ... Kennie Il Dark
Ken Ayugai Ken Ayugai
Cynthia Cheston ... Reporter
Niclas Ericsson ... Journalist
Rumi Hiiragi
Ayaka Ikezawa Ayaka Ikezawa
Vassili Karathanasis ... Music Agent
Ryô Katô ... Toshihiko Negishi
Jun'ichirô Kishi Jun'ichirô Kishi
Minami ... Nina


Soichi Negishi moved to Tokyo to chase his dream of becoming a musician playing stylish, Swedish-style pop. Instead, he finds himself leading the death metal band Detroit Metal City, or DMC, as the costumed and grotesquely made-up "demon emperor" Johannes Krauser II. Although he hates the role and the things he has to do as a member of the band, he has a definite talent for it. Adapted from the hit Japanese comic book by Kiminori Wakasugi, the movie follows Negishi's antics as he tries to reconcile the two very different sides of his life and find out what it really means to achieve his dream. Written by GO TO DMC

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Comedy | Drama | Music


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An interesting story of a pop loving death metal musician
10 March 2009 | by elanorshadowdancerSee all my reviews

In order to accomplish his dream, to become a fashionable pop music singer, Soichi Negishi leaves his hometown and in Tokyo he studies Music while he makes also friendships with other people of his music delight.Though after his graduation he finds himself as the vocalist of a widely known demonic metal band,called Detroit Metal City. While he tries to find out where he made it all wrong,he learns what it really is to be a musician. This movie is a very good example of Japanese humour based on conflicts. I must confess that to me the story was not that attractive at first but after watching it I saw that I was totally wrong. The story contained a balanced amount of romance,humour and a very good catchword. Not only the shot but also the music was pretty good, and the acting of Ken'ichi Matsuyama was eye catching. I have seen other movies of him and I think that this one is of one his best performances,since he acted such different characters from before. The costumes and stages were pretty successful as well. I am neither a pop lover nor am I a heavy metal fan but I have to admit that I sometimes mutter the main song of the band...

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Release Date:

23 August 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Nikkatsu Studios, Tokyo, Japan See more »


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Production Co:

Dentsu, Hakusensha, Horipro See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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