Joint Works With Okinawa International Movie Festival
This is an Okinawan rock documentary film about the legendary Okinawan rock band Murasaki.
Formed in Okinawa in 1970 with George Murasaki at the helm before Okinawa's reversion to Japan, the group released its first album MURASAKI in 1976, which broke new ground in the history of Japanese rock music. The band became a leader of the music scene at the time, being named the number one Japanese group in 1977 by the music magazine Music Life.
In 2007, the members of the band's heydey reunited and welcomed new members JJ and Chris. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2020. The band was forced to cancel a their 50th anniversary concert due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the band went on hiatus. The band members decided to keep on going despite the situation and produced a new album. They played the commemorative live concert over a year later. Many musicians, including LOUDNESS and Hironobu Kageyama, who experienced MURASAKI's mainland debut firsthand, Seikimatsu II and PATA (X JAPAN), who were influenced by MURASAKI, and BEGIN, who imitated MURASAKI on Ishigaki Island, will share their thoughts on the band's activities since its formation, the economic climate during the Vietnam War, and the excitement of Okinawa's return to Japan.
The film not only features MURASAKI's powerful live performance, but also Akira Takasaki and Hironobu Kageyama performing MURASAKI's famous song DOOMSDAY together, as well as JJ and Minoru Niihara passionately singing BORDERS DRAWN IN BLOOD. The film is directed by Takanori Noda of Nankuru Naisa, the first movie starring Sachiko Nakada, the queen of Okinawan comedy.
- TAKANORI NODA
- TATSUNORI SUNAGAWA
- MASAHIRO YOKOZAWA,KENGO OSHIRO