Plot: From the mind of writer Ryu Murakami (AUDITION) comes the satirical tale of two groups of outsiders who make war on each other set to a soundtrack of retro karaoke hits.
A gang of young slacker guys (the Gakis) idle away their time just hanging out their sole passion in life being elaborate karaoke recreations of their favorite Showa-era songs (oldies from the 40s to the 80s). Across town a group of thirty-something divorced women calling themselves the Midoris do much the same thing until one of the Gakis kills a Midori after he's rejected trying to pick her up. The Midoris retaliate and the absurdist battle of revenge is on with weapons escalating from knives to guns and eventually to rocket launchers and beyond. A pitch-black comedy of violence filled with rage at the status quo and a seething impatience for the ordinary KARAOKE TERROR captures the angst and spiritual restlessness of two very different generations both abandoned by society and seeking payback with apocalyptic results.
«Notwithstanding all of this, Karaoke Terror is a worthy filmgoing diversion, particularly for those who are sick of being lectured by what's wrong in society and, more importantly, would be amused by young men and middle-aged women shooting rockets at each other.»
«The full out karaoke sequences are fantastically bizarre. The film has a thoroughly absurd sense of humor, is fequently hysterically, fall out of the seat laughing, funny and - surprisingly considering it is being viewed in translation - is HUGELY quoteable.»
«However, silly, nonsensical and even at times horrifying the film that proceeds it is, the final moments are brutally cautionary—like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE—even if the images they convey are exceptionally far-fetched.»
«It's still an amusing watch though and though it's 112 minutes in length it didn't feel at all long to me. One thing though: there's just not enough karaoke!»
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