***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
One More Time
A sci-fi anime House-musical movie collaboration between Daft Punk--and their music--and designer Leiji Matsumoto. During the recording of their DISCOVERY album and using the themes of sci-fi celebrity, decadence and space travel, Daft Punk--with help from Cedric Hervet--wrote the story and inspired seasoned Japanese animators to symbiotically create this stunning space musical.
The appeal of Interstella 5555 will depend greatly on whether or not you like the music of Daft Punk. It is hard to imagine people don’t but then the world is full of weirdos. Although detractors may say it is just the album, Discovery, accompanied by some pretty moving pictures but for me it is hard to see what more you want in a musical when the music and pretty pictures are this damn good.
Despite being conceived as a visual realisation of Daft Punk’s aforementioned album the film is as much about, and a love letter to, animation giant, Leiji Matsumoto. Brought on as a visual supervisor, not only is the appearance of the film steeped in his distinctive…
I know it may not be technically a 5 star movie but for me personally it ticks all the right boxes. I'm a big anime fan and Leiji Matsumoto's particular art style has always been a favorite of mine. And more importantly, I am an unabashed fanboy of Daft Punk. Discovery - which scores this film - is probably in my top 5, nay my top 3 albums of all time.
So stick it all in a pot bring to the boil and allow to simmer, and you have a delicious Ani-Punk stew which serves up to, I don't know, all the people ever who have a foot to tap and a heart to flutter.
Have I sold it to you yet?
There's not much to say about this except that it's pure enjoyment from beginning to end. The colors and imagery are amazing. Everything looks so fucking cool. And, oh yeah, it's soundtracked by Daft Punk's Discovery, one of the landmark albums of the '00s from one of the biggest and best musical acts in the world (for the three of you that didn't yet know).
I'm pretty sure it's impossible to watch this and not smile or want to dance at some point during it. The story, while excellent and satisfying in how it plays out, simply serves to aid the music. Which is fine, because the idea behind it all is so simple that it can sometimes be easy…
This was an interesting movie. Sort of an extended music video, featuring Daft Punk's "Discovery" album in its entirety with minimal added sound effects, Interstella 5555 tells the story of an intergalactic band kidnapped to become an Earth pop sensation.
I had previously seen a little bit of this, the music video for "Harder Better Faster Stronger", and it was pretty odd and confusing out of context. Seeing the track - and the entire album - re-contextualized in this animated story gave me a whole new appreciation for both. "Digital Love", one of my favorite songs, has an excellent segment, and the part featuring "Something About Us" was similarly beautiful. I was reminded at times of Space Dandy, another anime…
Short Review: I only bought this for its potential value as some kind of music video stuff I could play in the background while I do other stuff. Above all, Daft Punk is cool.
The actual story is pretty neat; there are no words spoken, so it's all just the visuals laying things out. The animation is pretty neat, I can dig the anime stuff. Not sure if it's really that good of a match-up with the specific songs, but it's still neat overall.
On a side-note, it's amazing to see how far smurfs have come. They evolved from weird little critters in some guy's back yard, to tree-worshiping natives on some hostile planet, to rock stars that sing and dance to Daft Punk. My respect for blue people has grown...
June Challenge - Film #5
"One more time,
We're gonna celebrate,
Oh yeah, all right,
Don't stop the dancing."
If you love Daft Punk or the Discovery album then you're going to love every second of this. It's essentially the whole Discovery album with an hour long music video, it's absolutely beautiful. The story fits so well with each song, plus the songs are just epic on their own, it's a perfect combination.
This is also the first time I've liked the song "Nightvision", I always it served no purpose on the album but no I actually quite like it, which is awesome.
DAFT PUNK RULE!
So, out of a deep desire to see something that might actually have actual quality to it (coupled with a general feeling of boredom), I watched Interstella 5555, a Japanese/French co-produced animated film taking Daft Punk’s second album, Discovery, and creating a whole new story with it.
And suffice to say, it’s awesome.
Obviously, the music is epic, with Daft Punk creating a slick, pristine fusion of disco, pop and electronic that is incredibly catchy. Pretty much every single song is memorable in it’s own way, from the infectious chorus of ‘One More Time’, the pulsing mechanical drive of 'Harder Better Faster Stronger’, the gentle sincerity of 'Digital Love’ or the mysterious probings of 'Veridis Quo’, they all flow together…
Only my second time seeing this and I can safely say it's one of my favorite movies. Groovy music, wonderful visuals, and an engaging fantasy setting make this a wonder to watch.
An epic realization of one of the best albums of all time, certainly the best in its genre. "Digital Love", especially, is one of my favorites songs of all time.
A Daft Punk album turned into a movie by famed Japanese cartoonist Leiji Matsumoto. Matsumoto's style has a 70's/80's vibe, so it feels nostalgic for fans of old Japanese animation.
My 3-year-old son can't get enough of this. It's all he asks for.
It's basically a music video that goes on for about an hour with nothing but daft punk songs and it's about a alien band and everything is anime. What's not to love
In all likelihood not a 5-star flick per se, but the title kind of prompts it, heh. I remember enjoying it a lot 10 years ago in spite of having never listened to Daft Punk before (nor afterwards for that matter), stoned out of my mind at what felt like a very early morning screening at some film festival in Vilnius. However that was a time when conspiracy theories had not yet come into fashion, so rewatching it now was no less fun. If you download it though, don’t make the mistake of going for a mediocre quality rip because the sound is important. 55555
A perfect marriage between French house and japanese animation. A story without words, only sound, brimming with energy and creativity.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
This is taken from the very broad "Asian Cinema recommendations" list along with my own selections - I figured it'd…
The following list is an attempt to make a comprehensive collection of all the Japanese animation on the database, for…