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LiSA: Another Great Day

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Japanese pop star talks about her life in dull docu.

Movie NR 2022 97 minutes
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Absolutely no changes would be required for LiSA: Another Great Day to pass as a parody of a pop star documentary. LiSA, originally named Risa Oribe, dispenses the stock banalities we expect from the least imaginative and most stereotypical popular artists and she utters them as if they were gems of wisdom. "Being young is wonderful," she says, "but being an adult is fun." Deep. "If you're 100 percent satisfied, we can't create anything anymore." She also finds herself wondering "how much of my pain to pour into a song" and she promises to "give it her all" in concerts because, "I want to do music as a job." Her lyrics include "I've been hurt, my soul won't go away." And she's grateful to her fans and to anime for transforming her from a wannabe actress, plucking her from her role as vocalist for Girl Dead Monster, and launching her into musical stardom in her country and beyond.

The most interesting sequences show her working with her voice coach, offering a sense that she works hard to achieve the high, nasal, little-girl voice that projects so powerfully from the stage. As for the source of her turmoil, referenced but never named, a three-second online search reveals that her husband allegedly cheated on her and then allegedly attempted suicide. If the information is so readily available, why suppress it? If the film achieves anything, it's to persuade us that she's a perfectly nice woman, certainly entitled to her privacy. But if that's what she's after, why agree to make a film about herself?

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: October 18, 2022
  • Director: Taketoshi Sado
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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