The '80s is just far enough away now that it no longer seems like an era defined by Reagonomics and neon clothing. Filmmaker Matt Clark has embraced the look of the music videos of the decade in his new short film titled Orange Orchid, set in 1987 in Chiba and Yokohama, Japan. The video features some great sports coupes of the time and is set to the song I Know There's Something Going On from Abba-alum Frida (along with drumming and backup vocals from Phil Collins).

Clark really embraces the pop-culture look of the era's videos with big hair, a healthy dash of neon, inexplicable smoky rooms and big, over-wrought movements. However, the real stars for us are the pair of '80s sports coupes that also kind of personify the main characters. Nijo in her denim jacket has a modded Camaro Z/28 with huge, dished wheels sticking way out past the fenders. Naturally, the Chevy also features some great butterscotch paint and a car phone inside. Alex, the guy pursuing her, forgoes any obvious upgrades in favor a clean, all-white Mitsubishi Starion to go along with his tailored suit and giant cell phone.

We wish this video featured the cars a bit more prominently, but that drumbeat from Collins on this forgotten 80s gem is pretty fantastic, too. Give it a listen in the video.



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      car-a-holic
      • 4 Months Ago

      I remember the starion! That and the dodge conquest were flatly awesome and very underrated!

        superlightv12
        • 3 Months Ago
        @car-a-holic

        I remember looking at a new blue Conquest way back when. I wanted it but didn't have the funds for it. Very awesome jet fighter like look about it.

        ae89194
        • 3 Months Ago
        @car-a-holic

        I had an 89 Chrysler Conquest and it was AWESOME. I loved that car.

      Rochester
      • 4 Months Ago

      OMG, that sucked. I want my 3 minutes back!

      bullitt2605
      • 3 Months Ago

      My buddy had that same Camaro in high school we had a lot of fun in it!

      rpinsm
      • 3 Months Ago

      So, a lame video about the 80's, set in 1987. Too bad they use a Camaro from the 70's. The 80's Camaro's were grill-less with square headlights, like the IROCs. The only people who drove that version of a Camaro in the 80's was the 17yo pizza delivery guy/stoner/head banger. They were $1000 hoopties in 1987. This must have been made by someone who wasn't even alive in the 80's, let alone has any memories of it. 

      lazybeans
      • 3 Months Ago
      I haven't seen a Mitsu Starion in probably 30 years. Those are super rare. Damn, the 80s was a sweet sweet decade.
      carnut0913
      • 3 Months Ago

      someone needs to be shot for posting this.  a google search for these cars would turn up better pics of these cars in less time, with more viewing pleasure.


      Andre Neves
      • 4 Months Ago

      Nice stanced Camaro.  Not.

      Damn hipster swags fo life stancers.  "Herra frush!!!"

        bullitt2605
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves

        Um ok.

        Eðulf
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves

        That's not 'stanced', those wheels aren't flush with loads of camber, they stick out too far and look like crap. Get that Camaro some bolt-on over-fenders pronto.

      Erik
      • 4 Months Ago

      That was pretty cool

      LongDucDong
      • 3 Months Ago

      What the funk did I just watch? Pointless. Stupid. Boring. I expected some driving action, not a bad-dancing chick "driving" with a screen behind her. Horrible.

      Lucky Stars
      • 3 Months Ago

      very weak, even cars...................wast of my life lol

      krudmuphin
      • 3 Months Ago

      I bought a Starion last year, still haven't had the chance to drive it because it's getting a complete overhaul.

      Great cars indeed, very unique, but a lot of work to own... that's why you don't see too many of them around. But they are making a rapid comeback. The community for the Starion/Conquest is very strong right now.

      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Months Ago
      His shades are awesome.  Always liked those Starions.  
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