Singer with a dark past

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GSC’s International Screens will be screen­ing Ja­panese fea­ture film La La La At Rock Bot­tom, which deals with mem­ory loss and show­cases con­tem­po­rary mu­sic. The 104-minute dram­edy is di­rected by Nobuhiro Ya­mashita, who had pre­vi­ously helmed the 2005 film Linda Linda Linda, which also had a mu­sic band set­ting.

Af­ter Shi­geo (Subaru Shilbu­tani) loses his mem­ory, kind-hearted Ka­sumi (played by Fumi Nikaido) takes care of him.

When she dis­cov­ers his su­perb singing skills, she makes him her band’s lead singer and gives him the nick­name Pochi Man.

But things start to un­ravel when his dark past clashes with his new life.

The P13-rated film, which was shot in Osaka, also stars Sa­rina Suzuki, Kat­sumi Kawa­hara, Izumi Mat­suoka, Sho­hei Uno, Takumi Mat­suzawa, Takashi Noguchi and Suon Kan.

Known as Misono Uni­verse in Ja­pan, the ti­tle refers to an ac­tual lo­ca­tion.

Misono is the name of a build­ing that opened in 1956 in the Sen­nichi­mae area of Osaka, hous­ing restau­rants, a ho­tel and mas­sage par­lours.

Uni­verse refers to an up­scale cabaret venue that was lo­cated in the build­ing be­fore it closed down in 2011.

A pop­u­lar live club, also named Uni­verse, has taken its place.

The en­ter­tain­ing film pre­miered on Jan 21, 2015 at the 44th International Film Fes­ti­val Rot­ter­dam. It was also screened at the 14th New York Asian Film Fes­ti­val in the US and the 28th Tokyo International Film Fes­ti­val in Ja­pan.

La La La At Rock Bot­tom will be screened on April 6 at four GSC lo­ca­tions — GSC Mid Val­ley, GSC Pav­il­ion KL, GSC 1 Utama and GSC Gur­ney Plaza Pe­nang.

It will fea­ture English and Malay sub­ti­tles.

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