7.1/10
844
5 user 5 critic

Beck (2010)

A normal fresh year highschool kid found his daily basis life extremely boring, until one day he met a dog and the owner of it that leads him to a completely new life filled with passion within musical stuff.

Director:

Yukihiko Tsutsumi

Writers:

Harold Sakuishi (manga), Tetsuya Oishi (screenplay)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Koyuki meets the guitarist, Ryuske, and discovers a love and talent for music.

Stars: Tomohisa Asô, Taliesin Jaffe, Jamie McGonnigal
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A love story between a famous 25-year-old songwriter, who keeps his identity hidden from the public, and a 16-year-old high school student who possesses a gifted voice.

Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Stars: Takeru Satoh, Ryô Yoshizawa, Masataka Kubota
Orange (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A girl mysteriously receives advice from her future self and as a result her group of friends, along with a newly arrived, troubled classmate, learn how to be better friends and a better community.

Director: Kôjirô Hashimoto
Stars: Tao Tsuchiya, Kento Yamazaki, Ryô Ryûsei
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Young mailman finds out he has no time left due to a terminal disease. Suddenly he is approached by a devil that offers him to live more time if he eliminates something from the world. ... See full summary »

Director: Akira Nagai
Stars: Gaku Hamada, Mieko Harada, Anna Ishii
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A former assassin who has resolved to never kill again has his vow sorely tested.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Stars: Colleen Clinkenbeard, Patrick Seitz, J. Michael Tatum
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Twenty-somethings Hisashi and Mai are engaged. When suddenly Mai's heart stops and she falls into a coma all Hisashi can do is remain by her side, albeit without knowing whether she might ... See full summary »

Director: Takahisa Zeze
Stars: Tao Tsuchiya, Kanji Furutachi, Kenta Hamano
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Stars: Christopher Sabat, J. Michael Tatum, Eric Vale
Bakuman (2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high student, forgets his notebook in class. His classmate Akito Takagi, notes Mashiro's drawings in it and asks him to become a manga artist to his stories. ... See full summary »

Director: Hitoshi Ône
Stars: Takeru Satoh, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Kenshin Himura goes up against pure evil Makoto Shishio who is attempting to overthrow the Meiji government. The fate of the country hangs in the balance as Kenshin Himura takes up the sword that he vowed to never draw again.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Stars: Colleen Clinkenbeard, J. Michael Tatum, Monica Rial
Nobuta wo produce (TV Mini-Series 2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Shuji (Kamenashi Kazuya) is one of the most popular guys in school. He tries to avoid Akira (Tomohisa Yamashita), because of his constant annoyance. But Kame isn't just like that. At home, ... See full summary »

Stars: Kazuya Kamenashi, Tomohisa Yamashita, Maki Horikita
Sky of Love (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mika is a fresh high school student who starts texting a mysterious boy. She is shocked when he reveals who he is - Hiro, a delinquent attending her school. What she doesn't know is that Hiro isn't as bad as he seems.

Director: Natsuki Imai
Stars: Yui Aragaki, Haruma Miura, Yûko Asano
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

As a child Takuma is diagnosed with a heart condition that requires care from a cardiologist. He soon becomes friends with his doctors young daughter Mayu while being treated at the ... See full summary »

Director: Takehiko Shinjo
Stars: Mao Inoue, Masaki Okada, Natsuki Harada
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Hiro Mizushima ... Ryusuke Minami
Kenta Kiritani ... Chiba
Aoi Nakamura ... Saku
Osamu Mukai ... Taira
Takeru Satoh ... Yukio 'Koyuki' Tanaka (as Takeru Satô)
Shioli Kutsuna ... Maho Minami (as Shiori Kutsuna)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Aoki Ken Aoki
Yuta Furukawa Yuta Furukawa ... Yoshito Shoseki
Shin'ichi Hatori Shin'ichi Hatori
Maximum The Hormone Maximum The Hormone ... Extras
Naoki Kawano Naoki Kawano ... Togo
Sari Kurauchi Sari Kurauchi ... Hiromi Masuoka
Cinqué Lee ... Leon Sykes
Floyd Lee Floyd Lee ... John Lee Davidson
Yûji Masuda Yûji Masuda
Edit

Storyline

A normal fresh year highschool kid found his daily basis life extremely boring, until one day he met a dog and the owner of it that leads him to a completely new life filled with passion within musical stuff.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

4 September 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Бек See more »

Filming Locations:

Niigata, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Look Back in Anger
Performed by Oasis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: Beck
21 May 2011 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

There's comedy, there's drama, and then there's rock music in a heady mix you may think it's a Masala film with all ingredients put into a melting pot and coming off deliciously entertaining. It's a story about the coming together of five individuals who share the common love for rock, and for the fictional band Dying Breed, before circumstances led them to form their own band, to create their brand of music to move the world. It's the tale about the struggle of an indie band in the cutthroat world of the music industry, where rules aren't always fair to begin with, and often experiencing being muscled out from the bigger players who live to engineer sounds like hotshot producer Ran (Shido Nakamura) responsible for rival band Belle Ame, versus those that play and create from the bottom of their hearts.

From the tale of the individual character perspective, it's about Koyuki (Takeru Sato, almost over-utilizing his bug eyes when blindsided), an oft bullied schoolboy who finds himself learning to play the guitar under the guidance of a master (Takanori Takeyama) before teaming up with fellow schoolmate Saku (Aoi Nakamura), where both find themselves propelled into the more adult world of performing under the auspices of a real band in real gigs, rising from obscurity in school to having their own groupies, and having fellow band members protect them from incessant bullies at school. For Ryusuke (Hiro Mizushima) it's about forging a name for himself, coming from USA to Japan to do just that, breaking away from his ex-band due to his attitude and animosity, setting up some real competition. Chiba (Kenta Kiritani) the loud mouthed rapper who provides most of the comic relief as the impetuous frontman who knows a thing or two about rousing a crowd, and Taira (Osamu Mukai) the bassist modelled after Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, completes the band BECK.

Most of the subplots take us through the emotional roller coaster of the various characters, especially that of Ryusuke, Chiba and Koyuki as they deal with demons from the past, envy and worry, and romance respectively, the latter having a relationship with Ryusuke's filmmaker sister Maho (Shiori Kutsuna), who is also being pursued by rival band Belle Ame frontman, the actor turned singer Yoshito (Yuta Furukawa). While all the cast members forming BECK share some incredible chemistry as a tight outfit, these three characters and the cast playing them stand out especially, with screen time dedicated to their struggles. I would have preferred a little more insights to possibly the most mature band member in Taira, while Saku has a very fleeting romantic angle coming from an ardent BECK supporter Hiromi (Sari Kurauchi).

For its almost 2.5 hours runtime toward the ultimate goal and closure for the usual genre strategy of having to perform on the biggest stage possible, we journey with the band toward the Grateful Sound Festival which is the fictional version of the real Fuji Rock Festival, and the punchy pacing allowed for a lot of plot devices and elements getting squeezed effectively into the film, such as the dark history of Ryusuke's guitar Lucille that comes with six bullet holes in its body, jamming sessions with Blues legends, and even guitar picks become objects used to emote through music. You'll also find yourself rooting for BECK throughout, celebrating their inching toward success, and crying when pressure builds and cracks starting to appear and threatening band longevity.

But of course, what is a film about a band, if there's no rocking music to stomp your foot to? BECK provides this by the bucketloads, although of course three signature tunes of the titular band stood out, especially since we bear witness to their creation and practice sessions, primed for that all important make or break performance. There's the rock tune Evolution with Chiba in his prime, but making way quite surprisingly to Koyuki who is responsible for the slower English numbers, and here's where some may be disappointed.

We're made to believe that Koyuki, while he can't understand nor converse in English, can actually belt out English songs with plenty of heart even though he knows those lyrics by rote. And his innate ability is to move mountains and part oceans each time he opens his mouth to sing. Now this being a Japanese film, and I suppose it's quite clear that the actor Takeru Sato may not be able to confidently emote and cause audiences to break down as per those on screen, Yukihiko Tsutsumi came up with deliberately muting his voice. This may not go down well with some audiences, but I thought it was a rather creative way to allow one's imagination to run wild into how Koyuki does actually sound like when singing, and how awesome his voice would probably be judging from the supporters, and fellow band members' reactions. It also played out almost like a running joke, leaving you literally begging to hear some singing voice, so I have absolutely no qualms about that.

The last film involving Japanese rock music to form a premise was Fish Story, also an excellent film that was one of my favourites in 2010. BECK belongs to the same charming vein that makes this a highly recommended film , and in my books one of the most entertaining film so far in 2011 for rock fans and non-fans alike. Clearly a favourite in my books, and a contender as one of the best. Don't miss this!


12 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed