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  (in credits order)
Chloé Winkel ... Angela

Jon Yang ... Yamamoto
Rebecca Palmer ... Rachel

Tuva Novotny ... Monika

Tara Elders ... Polly

Linda Steinhoff ... Ella
Filip Peeters ... Kruilman

Togo Igawa ... Oshima
Peggy Jane de Schepper ... Larissa
Alan Westaway ... Scotty

Burt Kwouk ... Papa-San
Mette Louise Holland ... Ingrid (as Mette-Louise Holland)
Monika Strzelczyk ... Tanya
Oona Spengler ... Russian Girl
Akemi Otani ... Mama-San
Manuela Servais ... Angela's Mother
Giselle Berk ... Neighbour (as Gisela Berk)

Yuki Iwamoto ... Japanese Club Guest
Eiji Kusuhara ... Japanese Club Guest (as Eiji Kushara)

Takuya Matsumoto ... Japanese Club Guest
Ryozo Kohira ... Japanese Club Guest
Fay Susan Hartrey ... Hostess
Valerie Hamer ... Hostess
Julia Hamer ... Hostess
Verena Mundhenke ... Hostess
Jana Philomena Meister ... Hostess
Kinggan Xingan ... Krullman's Man
Eerdungnengke ... Krullman's Man
Uurtsaikh ... Krullman's Man
Maximilian Vollmar ... Schoolfriend
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Directed by
Matthias X. Oberg  (as M.X. Oberg)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matthias X. Oberg  (as M.X. Oberg)

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... producer
Jeroen Beker .... co-producer
Carlo Degli Esposti .... co-producer
Christoph Friedel .... producer
Andrea Hanke .... co-producer
Samir .... co-producer
Marc Sillam .... co-producer
Pierre Spengler .... co-producer
Claudia Steffen .... line producer
Original Music by
Nils Petter Molvaer 
Cinematography by
Michael Mieke 
Film Editing by
Peter Alderliesten 
Casting by
Pia Marais 
Production Design by
Petra Barchi 
Art Direction by
Tim Pannen 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Kolarov 
Costume Design by
Sandra Fuhr 
Makeup Department
Konnie Daniel .... key makeup artist
Laura Schiavo .... makeup designer (as Laura-Schiavo Loz)
Production Management
Felix Dencker .... unit production manager trainee
Olaf Lehmann .... unit production manager
Akira Yamamoto .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marios Hamboulides .... key second assistant director
Takashi Inoue .... third assistant director
Jon Older .... first assistant director
Masayuki Taniguchi .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tatsuya Amano .... props assistant
Ann-Kathrin Otto .... comic artist
Klaus Rudat .... construction manager
Hella Stichlmair .... art department trainee
Tomoyuki Takagi .... constructor
Ninako Takeuchi .... prop assistant
Uli Tegetmeier .... property master
Sound Department
Mathieu Cox .... second sound re-recording mixer
Giel van Geloven .... sound editor
Maurice Hillier .... sound recordist
Alexis Oscari .... sound assistant
Herman Pieëte .... sound designer
Herman Pieëte .... supervising sound editor
Bruno Tarrière .... sound re-recording mixer
Carl Van Brande .... post-production sound coordinator
Maaike de Vries .... foley editor
Alexander Weuffen .... voiceover recordist
Special Effects by
Wolf Schiebel .... special effects
Niklas Voigt .... special effects
Ernst Reimann .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tsuneyuki Aikou .... grip
Bernd Felder .... electrician
Sebastian Fröhlich .... video assistant
Daigo Hosono .... remote head operator: stab-c
Takashi Itabashi .... electrician
Alexander Jung .... electrician
Shoichi Mawatari .... remote head operator: stab-c
Beda Mulzer .... best boy
Junichi Ohno .... still photographer
Helen Sabatzki .... clapper loader
Helen Sabatzki .... second assistant camera
Claudia Schnoor .... focus puller
Bjoern Susen .... gaffer
Tom Trambow .... still photographer
Klaus Witt .... key grip
Mitsugu Yaguchi .... electrician
Casting Department
Tsuyoshi Sugino .... extras casting
Transportation Department
Tsuyoshi Hashikawa .... unit driver
Yukinori Kaneko .... unit driver
Hiroaki Kawabata .... unit driver
Masayuki Suzuki .... unit driver
Takahiro Taketomi .... unit driver
Other crew
Anja Becker .... location assistant
Jasmin Hardt .... production office coordinator
Yukihiro Hirata .... production assistant
Toshihiro Isomi .... ant consultant
Yuki Iwamoto .... japanese dialogues
Cressida Joyce .... translator
Camelija Karlic .... assistant to producers
Toshiki Komatsu .... production assistant
Oliver Kühne .... additional crew
Sue Lebrun .... production assistant
Masanori Sakai .... production assistant
Noriyuki Sakai .... unit car
Ilona Stuke .... assistant accountant
Shunsuke Suganuma .... interpreter
Miyuki Tanaka .... location manager
Junji Yukihira .... production trainee
Michael Schmid-Ospach .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Stratosphere Girl" - USA (DVD box title)
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Netherlands:90 min | Japan:81 min
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Businessman 2:Is it true, you're just sixteen?
Angela:No, I'm fifteen.
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Reinventing the Hitchcockian thriller, 12 March 2011
Author: rooprect from New York City

To fully get this movie, it helps to know how it was conceived. Director/writer M.X.O was sitting on a plane when a gorgeous blonde took the seat next to him. She had a black eye. Eventually she told him her story which loosely served as the plot of Stratosphere Girl. At the same time he had been working on a different idea about an artist who tells & experiences a story through drawing.

The point is that this film is two distinctly different ideas melded into one excellent & artistic film. On the surface it's a straightforward story (the tale of the blonde with a black eye), but within that story--as well as surrounding that story--is the story of an artist simultaneously creating & experiencing a fantasy. The mixture of these two approaches was brilliantly executed with stylish, slightly disorienting visuals which convey the feeling of detachment and exclusion that the heroine feels. The mood is cold & sterile, vividly recreating a feeling you may recognize if you've ever been alone in a foreign country. So much of this film rests on feelings like that, moods & experiences that may resonate within you. It creates a very memorable atmosphere like in a Wim Wenders film or maybe even the movie "The Usual Suspects" (note: I'm talking about mood, not plot!).

The story takes a very slick twist toward the end which gives us a lot to munch on. It's not an overt M.Night Shyamalan gimmick but rather a clever & subtle detour that'll keep you thinking for hours afterward. I was very pleasantly surprised by this obscure gem, and I'll be keeping an eye out for this director's works in the future.

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