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

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$101,447 (Hong Kong) (1 July 2005)
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Effervescently vivid direction makes magic out of a simple story
21 February 2006 | by (Eureka, CA) – See all my reviews

A completely enchanting and engrossing comedy-drama about two 17 year old girls, vastly different from each other (one a self-absorbed dreamer with a love for Rococco period fashion and behavior; the other a rebellious biker chick), who become friends and change each other's lives. The film makes the most of this simple plot line, and it's the compelling personalities of the characters, beautifully overplayed by Kyoko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya, respectively. The film is told through a color-saturated visualization and stylish direction by Tetsuya Nakashima, who adopts a manic style not unlike that of Jean-Pierre Jeunet in AMELIA or Tom Twyker in RUN LOLA RUN, with jump-cut flashbacks, bizarre cut-aways and edits; the effervescent vitality of Nakashima's direction coupled with the performances of the lead and supporting cast really make this film a fascinating and repeatedly watchable experience. Also of note is a terrific score, which varies from J-Pop to American hard rock and punk, to classical (one fight scene is set to Strauss' Blue Danube) and really sets the film's aural tone and pacing; Yoko Kanno (MEMORIES, ESCALFLOWNE, GHOST IN THE SHELL: STANDALONE COMPLEX, and Nakashima's previous SUMMER TALE) is responsible for the underscore and several of the songs.


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