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Misono Universe (2015)

As a band plays for a crowd in a certain town square in Osaka, a young man rushes the stage, grabs the microphone, and begins to sing. The crowd is blown away by the man's singing voice, ... See full summary »

Director:

Nobuhiro Yamashita

Writer:

Tomoe Kanno (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Subaru Shibutani Subaru Shibutani ... Pochio / Shigeo
Fumi Nikaidô ... Kasumi
Sarina Suzuki Sarina Suzuki ... Makiko
Katsumi Kawahara Katsumi Kawahara ... Takuya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akainu Akainu
Shinji Imaoka Shinji Imaoka
Motako Ishii Motako Ishii
Suon Kan Suon Kan
Izumi Matsuoka Izumi Matsuoka
Masaki Matsuura Masaki Matsuura
Takumi Matsuzawa Takumi Matsuzawa
Shinsuke Michishita Shinsuke Michishita
Kirara Nakabayashi Kirara Nakabayashi
Haruki Nakagawa Haruki Nakagawa
Fuminori Nakamura Fuminori Nakamura
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As a band plays for a crowd in a certain town square in Osaka, a young man rushes the stage, grabs the microphone, and begins to sing. The crowd is blown away by the man's singing voice, but after the performance, band manager Kasumi discovers that the man has no memory of his own life other than his talent for singing. Kasumi becomes interested in working with him anyway, and gives him the nickname "Pochi Otoko" (dog man). Before long, Pochi Man is accepted as the lead vocalist of a band, but a major problem from his past will soon come back to haunt him. Written by https://mydramalist.com/10664-misono-universe

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Official Sites:

Official Site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 February 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

La La La at Rock Bottom See more »

Filming Locations:

Osaka, Japan

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Bridgehead, GAGA, J Storm See more »
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Confusing, But Engaging
29 July 2015 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

Shortly after a young man is released from prison, where he has served 18 months for assault, he is set upon by a gang of thugs who beat him up and leave him in the road. Upon awakening, the man doesn't remember anything, not even who he is - he has retrograde amnesia. He wanders the city and eventually stumbles upon an outdoor concert; without knowing why, he grabs the mic from the singer and bursts into his own rendition of a famous J-pop song. Then he passes out. Kasumi, the band's manager, takes him home and decides that she wants him to be part of the band, which the young man, nicknamed "Pooch" by Kasumi, is eager to do. But sooner or later his memory will return, and that could be dangerous for both of them....

This is a strange mixture of J-pop (there's a LOT of music in it) and gangster-type violence, with funny moments and scenes of tenderness between the two leads, who you sort of hope will get together in the end. A couple of late scenes are very confusing - how could Kasumi and her grandfather know *that*? - but if you leave that confusion alone, it's a pretty enjoyable film. I liked all the J-pop, a type of music with very odd lyrics; I hated the many scenes of people eating, but that's just my neurosis. Others would also like this movie, I think, even if it is a bit confusing.


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