Producer Mike Rogers is proud to announce that his first independent feature will have its World Premiere at Raindance 2017. This is Japan’s first ever rock ’n’ roll ghost comedy movie – a stunning combination of live action, rock n roll and Tokyo Japan’s underground scene.
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story is about a struggling rock musician who dreams of success. He meets a ghost who helps him to write the perfect song. But the ghost wants a trade. Just how high a price is our would-be rock star prepared to pay for fame and immortality?
The Screamin’ Telstars are a Japanese retro rock band fronted by Tony (Mr. Pan – leader of The Neatbeats who are considered one of Japan’s most respected musicians in Japan’s top underground band). The band has been playing together for years but has never met with any real commercial success. One day, Tony’s amp blows up and he goes to buy a new one at a guitar shop with a mysterious owner.
Unbeknown to Tony, the amp has a history behind it, and from it comes a ghost who promises fame and immortality in return for a sacrifice: namely getting rid of his band – forever. The ghost also promises Tony stardom greater than his old rival from his student days, the ‘rock god’ Shinzo, but will he pay the price?
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Cast: (In order of appearance)
Tony – Mr. Pan
Mr. Pan is the Mr. Pan is the leader of the Neatbeats. He is considered one of Japan’s top underground and most respected musicians. The Neatbeats have been rocking Japan’s underground scene as the premier Beat band for over twenty years.
The Screaming Telstars
Japan’s hottest beat band, The Neatbeats star as the Screaming Telstars. Larry (Mr. Lawdy) on guitar, Muddy (Mr. Gully) on bass, and Pete (Mr. Mondo) on drums. The Neatbeats are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2017. They are considered some of Japan’s finest musicians.
Shinzo – Tatsuji Nobuhara Tatsuji
Nobuhara has been a rock n roll legend in Japan since the 1980s. He is the leader of ‘The Privates ,’ one of Japan’s most famous bands and still performing today with the original members. Tatsuji Nobuhara is considered a “Rock God” in Japan to this very day.
Tomomi Hiraiwa has been a TV announcer and reporter on some of Japan’s most popular day time talk and travel programs. She was also in the film, After Life which enjoyed 8 wins & 7 nominations for awards all around the world. She also plays an important role in Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story and appeared in the movie, Grudge 2 as the nurse.
Mr. Chang – Taka Shin-Okubo
Taka Shin-Okubo is a stage actor who has successfully made the transition to TV and movies. He often plays a demon or a samurai. His latest work “Attack on Titan” is a smash success in Japan.
Peanut Butter – Darrell Harris (The Ghost)
Darrell Harris is a seasoned performer and professional radio DJ and MC. He also played a soldier in the post-war drama entitled “Habu to Genkotsu” (Snake & Bloody Fist).
Rodney Bingenheimer – Himself
Rodney Bingenheimer is a prominent personality in the music business. He was an American radio disc jockey on the long-running Los Angeles rock station KROQ. He has now joined SiriusXM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage. He is notable for helping numerous iconic bands become successful in the American market. His contribution to the music business has been described as important.
Kansas Bowling – Herself
Kansas Bowling is a filmmaker and actress. As a child, she made short films with her younger sister and began shooting Super 8 at 13. Inspired by the likes of Russ Meyer, Annette Funicello, and Roger Corman, Kansas and her friend Kenzie began writing a script in high school about a tribe of cavewomen being stalked by a prehistoric monster. Thus, the first prehistoric slasher was born! At only 17, Kansas directed, co-wrote, and funded her own feature film, entirely shot on 16mm, called “B.C. Butcher”. She plays a radio station assistant in Ghostroads!
Groupie – Mina Shirakawa
Mina Shirakawa is one of Japan’s top pinup girls. She has released two bathing suit DVDs that have made her one of the most popular pin-up girls in Japan. She has also appeared on hundreds of TV shows and was also the co-host of Ninja Slayer’s “The TV Show” which garnered more than 10 million views in six months.
Burlesque Dancer – Miwa Rock
Miwa Rock is one of Tokyo’s top burlesque performers packing stages all over Japan. She is also a pin up model, illustrator and plays bass for the all-girls rockabilly band, “The Tassels.” She has appeared in many magazines and publications for hot rod cars and motorcycles.
Danny (as himself)
Danny is the leader of the 50 Kaitenz who are also known as the Japanese Ramones. They are popular in Japan as well as Europe and have even performed at CBGBs in New York. Danny also played a major role in the Japanese horror movie, “Zombie Ass – The Toilet of the Dead.”