Third film of the 8000 Miles series, by young indie director Yu Irie.
The bottom line? Roadside Fugitive a comedy-drama following aspiring rappers trying to make a name for themselves, even though they’re untalented.
More details should come later, but it already seems the director is back with the original concept – the second film was about a girl hip hop band.
Based on this trailer, things may be getting ‘serious’ for these rappers; are they discovering the underground scene of their city? With concurrence from talented rappers?…?
It’s not surprising if you haven’t heard (yet) anything on these films; they had limited theatrical releases in Japan, been screened in some film festivals around the world, with no english-friendly DVDs available so far – even though you might already have understood that the english is inspired by Eminem’s 8 Miles.
Between these films and Saudade, Japanese Hip Hop is slowly gaining some attention…
By the way, back in 2010, as an independent director, Yu Irie shared some insights about what is to be a director in Japan today, and how hard it is. You might want to read that.
8000 Miles 3: Roadside Fugitive will be released in Japan this Spring 2012.