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Kamikaze Girls (2004)
"Shimotsuma monogatari" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  29 May 2004 (Japan)
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Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyôko Fukada ...
Momoko Ryugasaki
Anna Tsuchiya ...
Ichigo Shirayuri
Hiroyuki Miyasako ...
Momoko's Father
Sadao Abe ...
Ryuji 'the Unicorn' / Doctor
Eiko Koike ...
Akimi
Shin Yazawa ...
Miko
Hirotarô Honda ...
Yakuza Boss
Kirin Kiki ...
Momoko's Grandmother
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ...
Grocery Store Manager
Katsuhisa Namase ...
Pachinko Parlor Manager
Ryôko Shinohara ...
Momoko's Mother
Yoshinori Okada ...
Baby, 'The Stars Shine Bright' Owner
Kanako Irie
Haruo Mizuno ...
Himself
Yûichi Kimura ...
Yakuza
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Storyline

Momoko Ryugasaki is the daughter of a smalltime gangster that forges Versace brand and a lowlife woman. Momoko is smitten by the Rococo period and dresses in a Lolita style, with frilly dresses and embroidery bonnet. She is raised by her father since her mother divorced him to marry her gynecologist, and he has taught her how to perfectly embroider. When Mr. Ryugasaki includes the Universal Studios brand in his products, he is forced to move to the rural Shimotsuma with Momoko to live in the house of her grandmother. Momoko decides to sell her collection of forged Versace and Universal Studios to make money to buy her expensive clothing. The rebel "yanki" Ichigo Shirayuri visits Momoko to buy clothes and soon they begin the most unlikely friendship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$42,813 (Hong Kong) (10 June 2005)

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$101,447 (Hong Kong) (1 July 2005)
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So Very Surreal
3 June 2005 | by (Newark, NJ, United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was so very surreal. That is the only word that I could use to describe it.

The contrasting personalities of the two girls was a nice element. It set up a lot of conflict. The physical humor was what made me laugh the most, and was strongly represented through Ichigo. The surreal, dreamy humor was represented mostly through Momoko.

Many people would find Momoko's fashions absurd, but, in fact, this movie is filled with absurdity, from the hairstyles of some characters to their behavior. It is like anime come alive, with only enough of an emphasis on reality to keep the story grounded.

I loved it, and I am going to watch it again many times.


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