Detroit Metal City

Synopsis: Soichi Negishi moved to Tokyo to chase his dream of becoming a musician playing stylish, Swedish-style pop. Instead, he finds himself leading the death metal band Detroit Metal City, or DMC, as the costumed and grotesquely made-up "demon emperor" Johannes Krauser II. Although he hates the role and the things he has to do as a member of the band, he has a definite talent for it. Adapted from the hit Japanese comic book by Kiminori Wakasugi, the movie follows Negishi's antics as he tries to reconcile the two very different sides of his life and find out what it really means to achieve his dream.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Toshio Lee
Production: Section 23
  1 win & 3 nominations.
104 min

Do you remember, my dear?

When you were little, you were so gentle

people mistook you for a girl.

I'll send rice and vegetables

from the garden, okay?

Here... take this.

Thank you, Mother.

Why the gloomy face?

Go have fun.

Amulet for Long Life

Why "Long Life", Mom?

Brother, good luck!

- Toshi...

- Bother.

Good luck!

Thus I left my hometown

way down in Oita Prefecture

to attend university in Tokyo.

I chose Tokyo because I had a dream.

That dream was...

to live in a trendy apartment

and lead a trendy life.

See you later.

But above all...

to become a trendy singer,

just like Kenji Ozawa or Cornelius...

to make my debut as

a serious yet trendy pop star.

Everyone's so trendy.

That was my real dream.

We share a class I see you smile

and I love you so

You melt my heart

Negishi-kun, you're such a good singer.

I hope I'm as good as you some day.

Don't embarrass me...

It sounds pompous but I hope my music

gives someone the power to dream.

To dream through music?

Right. In other words,

someone with "no music, no dream".

That's so cool.

It's like no music, no life, right?

That's close enough.


You could definitely turn pro

if you wanted.


New Musicians Wanted

No Music, No Dream

But after graduating...

the band I end up playing with...

He's here!

It's Sir Krauser!

I'm a terrorist from hell!

I raped my mom last night

I'll do my dad tomorrow

I'm a terrorist!

No parents 'cause I killed them both

Nor friends or girl

'cause I killed them all

Kill them all, kill everyone!

Murder, murder everyone!

Murder, murder everyone!

Paint all memory red with blood!

That's right.

We're the Satanic metal band, "DMC".

Detroit Metal City.

How did it come to this?

Where did I go wrong?

It totally sucks!

It's Krauser's legendary tooth-guitar!

This isn't the music I wanted to play.

And not in this kind of band.

Not this kind of band at all, Mom!

Death Metal is a species of

Heavy Metal with a sound informed

by themes of "Death",

"The Devil" and "Hell" etc.

Bursting like a comet into

this world of Death Metal

came the band, Detroit Metal City.

The bizarre sound of DMC

Back Stage - No Entry

Thank god that's over.

I'm Johannes Krauser II...

or Soichi Negishi.


your vocals were superb tonight.

He's bass vocalist Jagi,

a.k.a. Wada-kun.

The band's whole identity

rests on your shoulders.

Nishida, you should practice more.

This is our drummer, Camus,

a.k.a. Nishida-kun.

Which reminds me, Nishida,

Can you return that PS game

I lent you a while back?

That "Summer Holiday" one?

Why do you always ignore me?

You do remember?

Don't tell me you lost it?

Negishi, hurry up with a new song.

Let's have a big hit

and become a major player.

Then get on TV

and do big tours and stuff...

That'd be good.

Forget it.

We share no interests,

we're total opposites really...

we were forced into a band

before we knew what was going on...

thanks to this boss from hell.

You rocked tonight.

I danced 'til I was wet down there.

F*ck Crazy Guys! DMC

Boss, so kind of you to come!

Another packed house.

Tons of advance sales

on next week's new single.

Keep it up and

we'll blow everyone away.

We're soooo grateful.


Then DMC will rule the world

of death metal!

We're soooo grateful.

More bloomers...

Death metal... yuck.

You got a problem, Negishi?

As I've told you lots of times

this is the kind of thing

I'd rather sing from now on:

It's called "Raspberry Kiss".

Your message said let's go the beach

Just us two

Wearing matching shirts

We'll have such a fun time

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