One of my favourite films of recent memory was Blue Spring by Toshiyaki Toyoda. One of the reasons it stands out so strongly for me in my mind, is it’s captivating soundtrack. There are scenes in the film which look solely composed to allow the Rock & Roll soundtrack to take centre stage. After much research trying to find the band behind the music for this rather obscure Japanese film, I discovered the majority was performed by the oddly named, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant.
It was disappointing to find out that the band had split up in 2003 and even more upsetting that one of the founding members of the band, Futoshi Abe died this year. To celebrate this remarkable group, Univeral Music will be releasing their final performance back in 2003 at the Makuhari Messe, “Last Heaven” tour as a film along with a greatest hits collection.
(Thanks, Nippon Cinema!)