17. Mystery Train
Year Released: 1989
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, CinquĂ© Lee
This blues pilgrimage to Memphis is a quintessential transnational film representing an ideal blend of two cultural points: American blues & Japanese youth. Jim Jarmusch's first color film features leather jackets, red suits, one gelled curl, big belt buckles, stripped shirts and cigarettes in motels. This exploration into the blues serves as an prime example of how music directly affects style.