Just in case you hadn’t heard, the new Ghostbusters is coming out on July 15, and for all the nonsense regarding people being up in arms about lady Ghostbusters, at least none of those slack-jawed yokels could complain about the theme song. Notable all-male rock band Fall Out Boy, along with Missy Elliott, stepped into the shoes of Ray Parker Jr. to reboot his iconic (and stolen from Huey Lewis) theme to the original Ghostbusters. But in Japan, even the theme song isn’t safe from gender debates; instead of Fall Out Boy, their theme song is a version of the Ghostbusters theme sung by four ladies… and predictably, it’s awesome.
The video features four female Japanese comedians dressed in Ghostbusters uniforms, proton packs in hand, dancing around and having a grand old time to a Japanese version of the song we all know and love. While the video is for the new Ghostbusters, and features footage of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and the rest of the gang in action, it also has a very ‘80s feel, even with a subtle homage to the original music video using the neon picture frames.
This version of “Ghostbusters” was released by Sony Music Japan, so it may be replacing the Fall Out Boy version overseas. If so, the people of Japan are very lucky. With all due respect to Fall Out Boy, they can’t hold a candle to this video.