September 12, 2010

Gackt in Toronto

I have never imagined a day that a Japanese rock singer/song writer, Gackt, will be in the T-dot. He is not really well-known in Toronto; though there are a quite few Gackt fans in this city. He has also never had a North American tour. So I didn't think in a million years that he would ever come to Toronto

I remember back when I was in grade school. The Japanese music scene had been altered dramatically with the emergence of a new genre called "Visual Rock"- aka Visual Kei.- bands in gothic makeup and flashy costume were everywhere on TV. Following with the starters of the genre, including X Japan, L'arc~ en~ ciel, Glay, and Luna Sea, a band called Malice Mizer started gaining its popularity quickly – due in part to their unique lavish historical costumes and a mind-blowing live sets. I fell in love with this band, especially with the lead singer, Gackt, and lead guitarist, Mana. 

Although the band seemed to be perfect, Gackt, suddenly left Malice Mizer and announced that he will be working on his solo project immediately. It was due to a conflict among members of the band. Since then, Gackt has been one of the best Japanese rock singers over a decade. His gorgeous looks and deep, sexy voice took over my heart.

Here is another one of my favorite songs by Gackt

It was in recent years that he had started to focus on not only his music career, but also commenced his acting career. He had a couple of movies and TV shows that he worked on. One of them was called "Moon Child", in which Gackt had a starring role along with the lead singer of L'arc~ en~ ciel, Hyde.

Gackt made his international debut at the Toronto International Film festival with an American  movie - Bunraku. Gackt stars along side Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson. I am very sad that I did not know anything about the movie till yesterday and did not get to see him here in Toronto. The movie was presented at the TIFF Midnight Madness at Ryerson Theater last night. There are two more screenings listed below.

    • Tuesday September 14
    • 10:15:00 PM

    • Friday September 17
    • 5:00:00 PM

Unfortunately all the tickets for this movie are sold out. Good luck in the rush lines everyone! See this if you get the chance!

It is very exciting to see Japanese singer trying to get exposure from all over the world :) GO GACKT GO~!!!

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