We went to Tokyo to find a former bosozuku gang, to go through their memories and stories so as to pay hommage to that uncontrolable urge to live and ride, it all just felt too perfect, it all made sense. The words and souls of Kohei Osawa, Kokoro Tanaka & Takayuki Kaneoya couldn´t be more related to the spirit The bosozuku story.
The bosozuku story is part of Japan´s underground culture and history. It is a fast and burning shooting star which still feeds our imagination and dreams of freedom. It doesn´t matter if we fail or if we fall. It means that at least we tried.
We have always been fascinated by the Bozosoku world with its unspoken rules and the mysticism that is behind the secrecy. We were waiting for the perfect project to dig into it and when “Motorcycle Boy” came along, it was obvious for us. It had all the elements we were looking for to pay respect to this almost extinct gang of bikers that once dominated the roads of Japan, just a few decades ago. I collaborated with Masato Riesser (my co-director and the music video "Motorcycle Boy" The Legenderary Tigerman), Alex Jamin the DP, and Noside Production + Tokyo ActII .
Akira was one of our most stimulating common reference, it felt so much more in sync because the main characters in Akira are all part of a Bosozoku gang. Directly drawn from the ones that existed at the time : the Specter Gang. With all their red outfits, baseball bats, custom bikes and most importantly : Tokyo ! That’s why we had to jump into this project and go back to the very beginning of our fascination for Akira and the Bosozoku culture : to go to Japan and meet the Specters.