Sunday, 26 May 2013

GS Wonderland (2008)

Cross dressing like it's a Shakespeare play And music like the Beatles, 

what more can you ask for ?

Chiaki Kuriyama film have a subconscious expectation that Her character will die at some point in the film but GS wonderland had a interesting perspective of the music industry in  the 1960's. The appeal to the film at first glance is the glamorous life styles of bands in Japan in the 60's who happen to look like the Beatles and various other bands of the time and Chiaki Kuriyama cross dressing was a element that was amusing in it own way.The film is commenting on the struggles behind the glamour of the music industry and Miku Ohno (Chaiki Kuriyama) keeps becoming the main focus of the film because of the struggle in the music industry as a woman. The irony is that Miku Ohno is clearly a woman because even dressed as a man Chiaki Kuriyama is quite feminine but despite this the narrative demonstrate the alternative prospect of hardcore fans but raises many questions about femininity and masculinity. The advertising in the film from the photographs and the costumes to the vinyl-records where all thought out; What makes the film complete is the band rivalry which ends up being their own undoing. The costumes where impressive but at the same time because at times they where a little bit feminine which was pushing the concept of Miku's cross dressing skills in many different directions. The Boy's in Band are overwhelmed by the fame that they receive which is aimed at Chiaki Kuriyama's character, it becomes clear through out the film that the is popular because of Miku so when their secret is uncovered it is Miku is the one who benefits in the music industry in the long-term but the other member seem to love their passion for music when they have stardom. The film explores many issues of fame/ fortune that surround bands which includes the negative sides too and it also reflects on the the issue of women's rights of the time because Miku is desperate to make it big in the music industry so She is willing to do anything to achieve Her goal. Like Miku achieving Her solo career; this narrative turn is something that real Bands seem to do like Dianna Ross and the Supreme or Bob Marley and the Wailers. The interaction between Miku's and Her fans was hilarious, Miku's fans where overwhelming  and Miku's facial expression just made their reaction's even more comical but this fandom reflect on the fandom of the time ( bands like the Beatles) and even fandom to this present day.

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