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Brass Knuckle Boys (2008)

Shonen merikensakku (original title)
A record company office worker named Kanna Kurita discovers a punk rock band called Shonen Meriken Sakku / Brass Knuckle Boys through the internet and subsequently decides to represent them... See full summary »

Director:

Kankurô Kudô

Writer:

Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aoi Miyazaki ... Kanna Kurita
Yûichi Kimura Yûichi Kimura ... Haruo
Ryô Katsuji ... Masaru
Tomorô Taguchi ... Jimmy
Hiroki Miyake Hiroki Miyake ... Young
Pierre Taki ... Kinji Kaneko (as Piêru Taki)
Yûsuke Santamaria Yûsuke Santamaria ... Tokita
Kôichi Satô ... Akio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shô Aikawa ... Kanna's father
Gen Hoshino
Hiroshi Inuzuka Hiroshi Inuzuka ... Father of Akio and Haruo
Hôshi Ishida Hôshi Ishida ... Young - 25 years ago (as Hoshi Ishida)
Setsuko Karasuma Setsuko Karasuma ... Miho
Kazunobu Mineta Kazunobu Mineta ... Jimmy - 25 years ago
Atsuo Nakamura Atsuo Nakamura ... MC at TV show
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Storyline

A record company office worker named Kanna Kurita discovers a punk rock band called Shonen Meriken Sakku / Brass Knuckle Boys through the internet and subsequently decides to represent them on behalf of her company. What Kanna did not know was that the Brass Knuckle Boys consists of all middle aged men. Written by Colleen16

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Comedy | Music

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 February 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shonen Merikensack See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,786,297
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Two reluctant middle fingers of approval!
10 June 2012 | by cremeaSee all my reviews

Shonen Merikensakku (Brass Knuckle Boys) is a 2088 Japanese comedy film.I see two other users have reviewed this movie as of this writing. I tend to agree with both of them for the most part (both their complaints and their praise), and tend to fall right in the middle of their two reviews.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

You can read the synopsis/summary and the other reviews to find out what this film is about. Basically, it's a "road trip comedy drama about getting the band back together". It's not without its faults, but I found it perfectly enjoyable enough to recommend.

The Good: This film is often hysterically funny and highly entertaining. Aoi Miyazaki is a ridiculously talented actress; I've seen a number of vehicles she's been involved with, but she really shines here (no small feat considering she has to essentially play den mother to 4 veteran actors twice her age). As the movie progresses, the chemistry that grows between her and the band of middle aged misfits is charming and frequently engaging. In turn, the band starts to view her as a younger sister/daughter that they want to look after (despite their outward crudeness and incompetence). It's all fairly cute and an effective part of what drives this film.

The Bad: Too long, WAY too much back story via flashbacks, and often too much low brow humor that is totally unnecessary. When will film makers realize that sometimes "less is more"?...There's a good 30 minutes here of parts of various scenes that should have been left on the cutting room floor. It's a shame really, because with a snappier pace and a proper pass through the edit department, this film would have been absolutely AWESOME, and could have been be one of the funniest "heart & soul" comedies of the decade.

As it is, this is a movie that is somewhat flawed, but is certainly a worthwhile watch nonetheless. Its current rating of 6.6 is just about right in my opinion. Not great, but certainly good enough, and most certainly better than watching the next Adam Sandler movie, or some other awfully atrocious comedy coming out of Hollywood these days.

I'll give it 7 out of 10 stars, because it mostly accomplishes what it sets out to, is often hilariously entertaining, and it's worth watching just to see the utterly charming comedic performance turned in by the lead actress.


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