Musical Mayhem in LOUDER! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin,’ Wimp!

Review by Kristy Puchko

Imagine Marilyn Manson going on a madcap adventure with Carly Rae Jepson and the Three Stooges. That’s astonishing blend in the Japanese musical-comedy LOUDER! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin,’ Wimp! Which made its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Vocal-chord scouring rock music collides with toe-tapping pop and gleefully silly slapstick to make a movie that’s wonderfully bonkers and totally unpredictable.

Written and directed by Satoshi Miki, LOUDER! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin,’ Wimp! centers on two musicians who have absolutely nothing in common. Caked in black-and-white goth make-up and snug in leather pants with a matching corset, Sin (Sadao Abe) is a full-fledged rock god infamous for his screaming song-stylings and bad boy behavior. When he spews blood onto the audience during a secret show, it might be mistaken for his latest macabre spectacle. But in truth, years of “voice doping” injections has caused his abused vocal chords to horrifically explode. Panicked over his seemingly doomed career, Sin runs away and literally runs into kind-hearted and “tiny-voiced” Fuka (Riho Yoshioka). Her fashion-sense is colorful but painfully clunky. Her ambition to be a famous singer-songwriter is sabotaged by her inability to sing above a stage whisper. Together, this unexpected duo seeks a solution for Sin’s shredded voice and Fuka’s fear of being heard, setting off on a wild journey studded with daffy action, dynamic song numbers, and cartoonish visual gags.

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