“Flip a Coin: ONE OK ROCK Documentary” Review: Where Japanese rockers prepare and play live COVID concerts

In March 2020, Japanese quartet One Ok Rock was in Brisbane, completing their final tour of Australia when COVID hit them and distracted them from the thrill of live performances. The rest of their home gatherings in Japan were cancelled, with group members retreating to their hometowns and gathering only for free online jam sessions. And then singer Takahiro Moriuchi thought.

When One Ok Rock activates the makeover, they sit around hoping to perform again in front of an audience, but what if they improvise and do the next best thing? Phone calls and the Zoom meetings with management followed, and soon drew up a plan for the band to actually play a concert in October 2020. ZOZO Marine Stadium will be accessible as per COVID protocol. But the live stream will reach hundreds of thousands of One Ok Rock fans.

His plans turned to stone soon:

When guitarist Toru Yamashita is infected with the COVD virus. But apart from the time it took to recover, he had an unknown feeling he had to deal with. “In general, the audience determines our concerts,” said drummer Tomoya Kanki in an interview. “By sharing a common space, we create a symbiotic space. I can’t imagine a concert without an audience.”

Nevertheless, they devised a plan. A great place? Check. (ZOZO Marine Stadium, home to JPL’s Chiba Lotte Marines baseball team, seats 30,000 fans.) Big stage? Check. (The square showroom is lined with pyro lamps and twinkling LED lighting fixtures.) Production quality, NFL Halftime Show style? Check. (Towing cameras and drones will capture all the action, and backup dancers will complete the picture.) October live is ready. Now One Ok Rock needs to practice and not deal with COVID for a while.

Flip a Coin moves between this practice and reality, with songs like “Change” and its irresistibly massive choruses making an instant impression. (One Ok Rock, a veteran of the Vans Warped Tour, often suggests Paramore’s frantic pace and captivating harmonies.) Taka visits his old treadmill in the city of Shibuya. As the countdown to Easter continued, technical difficulties escalated, and typhoons flooded the area. But the show had to go on, both for the live broadcasters. And for the satisfaction of the band members themselves.

Flip a Coin is sure to offer existing One Ok Rock fans:

Get a few bites behind the scenes. Practice, in particular, offers insight into how the band has perfected their sound. But this document, in its show and on the wide-angle platform Netflix. He should also contribute to what the four describe as a permanent goal: to make it more attractive internationally.

The massive success of BTS and Blackpink Korea didn’t go unnoticed by anyone, especially the management of an energetic and photogenic rock band from Japan.) One Ok Rock regularly writes songs entirely in English, but it’s a song with a mix of Japanese and English that has an impact. most significant here, and the vocabulary resonates with rock music like “Let’s go!” and yes!” and “Break ’em all!” in his mother tongue. “Change”, on the other hand, responded to the dance troupe’s accompaniment, while the new song “Wonder” drew its influence from the Japanese melodic-punk character Hi-Standard.

Another highlight in Flip, a Coin’s rehearsal section, comes in the middle when Taka’s grand plans for guest singers — the band chuckles slightly as they describe their singer’s “vision” — turn out to be quite more challenging in practice than they are in theory. “A song doesn’t need many singers,” Taka admits, embarrassed. However, Kenta of Japanese punk band WANIMA, singer Daichi Miura, singer-songwriter Mao Abe. The soul singer Shota Shimizu and pop singers Aymer and Ayaka stop by the rehearsal room. And have a good time as some of the leading figures of modern Japanese pop and rock decide who’s the best. where to sing

That’s for the fans, of course. But the members of One Ok Rock are addicting performers dedicated to their craft, and they also know how to get through the fun chorus part.