Anime 
TL;DR
Beck
ベック (Bekku)

Synopsis

Yukio is your average high school student who spends his days going to class and avoiding bullies. That is until he meets Ryusuke, a guitar prodigy. Together with Taira, Chiba, and Saku, they form the rock band BECK. As their popularity increases so do the danger as Ryusuke’s past catches up with him.
Directed by
Written by
Screenplay by
Music by

Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

TV Rating

Country

episode(s)

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Premiered

September 4, 2010

Language

Run-time

minutes

Pros

Music

Cons

Plot

PROs CONS

Overview

BECK (Japanese: ベック Hepburn: Bekku) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Harold Sakuishi. It was originally serialized in Monthly Shōnen Magazine from 1999 to 2008.

A live-action film adaptation of the Beck manga was produced and directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi, who has directed manga-to-film adaptations in the past (most notably the 20th Century Boys trilogy). It stars Takeru Satoh as Koyuki, Hiro Mizushima as Ryusuke, Kenta Kiritani as Chiba, Aoi Nakamura as Saku and Osamu Mukai as Taira. The actors were given proper training on their instruments for the 30 original songs that were written for the film. Beck was released nationwide in movie theaters on September 4, 2010.

Alternative title

– BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
– ベック
– Bekku
– BECK搖滾新樂團
– Mongolian Chop Squad
– Бек

TL;DR Review

I know this is a manga adaptation to live action, but I can only compare the differences I see from the anime version. Many things were changed, the character Ryusuke is the most blatant. The anime portrays him as a cool guy that may be too cool, while the live-action portrait him in the opposite spectrum that constantly messes up. Perhaps he’s more realistic this way, but he appears to be a loser at first.

The anime didn’t have much of an antagonist but the live action has multiples, maybe too many. While the anime was a slow burn, the movie has constant conflicts. From the early act with bullies to the later act with a rival band.

While watching the live action Beck movie, I am either in a state of laughing or cringing. I don’t know how to describe this feeling. I got some genuine chuckles sometimes, while other I don’t think I was supposed to laugh. Some scenes made me roll my eyes due to the over-acting or absurd scenario.

The movie may have suffered from too many subplots. You have the bullies, the love story, the love rival, the band formation, the band inner struggle, the rival band, the gangster, the concert competition, etc. It was hard to take all of this in one sitting so I had to take multiple breaks.

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Oasis provide the opening and ending theme songs, “Around the World” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger” respectively. Other songs used in between are in similar style so if you like Japanese rock, you’ll like these.

I added the element Overpowered MC into this movie due to the main character “singing” voice. When everyone jaw drops in reaction to his “singing”, it is quite overpowered.

Even though the movie has many issues, I would still recommend it if you’re a BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad fan. Beck live-action movie contains suggestive themes/dialogs and some foul languages. Intended for young adults.

Similar Title 
Recommendations

Code Geass Season 2 Review

On August 10th, 2010 the Holy Empire of Britannia began a campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Deploying a humanoid weapon dubbed Knightmare Frame, Japan was quickly conquered, its rights and identity stripped away, the once proud nation now referred to as Area 11. Its citizens, Elevens, now forced to scratch out a living while the Brits live comfortably within their settlements. Pockets of resistance appear throughout Area 11, working towards independence for Japan, although without much success. However, the world’s destiny changes as Lelouch, an exiled Imperial Prince of Britannia posing as a student, finds himself in the heart of the ongoing conflict. Through a chance meeting with a mysterious girl named C.C., Lelouch gains a mysterious power called Geass. Equipped with the power of the king, Lelouch may finally realize his dream of bringing Britannia down to its knees!

Cross Game Season 1 Review

Cross Game is a romantic comedy baseball manga series by Mitsuru Adachi. Cross Game is the story of Ko Kitamura and the four neighboring Tsukishima sisters, Ichiyo, Wakaba, Aoba, and Momiji. Wakaba and Ko were born on the same day in the same hospital and are close enough that Wakaba treats Ko as her boyfriend, though nothing is officially declared, while Aoba, one year younger than them, hates how Ko is “taking” her sister away from her. After Wakaba dies, Ko and Aoba slowly grow closer as they strive to fulfill Wakaba’s final dream of seeing them play in the high school baseball championship in Koshien Stadium.

Blue Exorcist 2011 OVA Review

Kuro searches for a new owner after Rin teases him by threatening to eat all of his food since cats have a high sensitivity to heat. Kuro searches for Father Fujimoto and along the way runs into Rin’s classmates, teachers, and friends. Kuro finds Father Fujimoto’s ghost sitting on his grave. Finally, Rin comes and apologizes for teasing him and they head home to the academy.

Featured Music

Beck
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Tanaka Yukio "Koyuki"
"If you live your life by other peoples standards, then it no longer becomes your own."
Yuji Sakurai "Saku"
"There are two types of people in this world – those who do what they're told and those who stay true to themselves. Most people think you're supposed to follow a predetermined path, keep your head down, obey the rules, do whatever's popular. But some prefer to follow their own path in life."

Credits

Photo

All images are copyright to their respective owners.

Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

Close Menu