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 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 ...
Shin Yazawa ...
Hirotarô Honda ...
Yakuza Boss
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 ...
Yûichi Kimura ...


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)


$101,447 (Hong Kong) (1 July 2005)

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Did You Know?


As of October 2005, the film has played at five international film festivals: the Los Angeles Film Festival, the New York Asian Film Festival, the Montreal Fantasia Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and the Hawaii International Film Festival. The film was also shown at the San Diego Comic-Con. See more »


Ichigo Shirayuri: What's aristocratic about this forest?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film, Momoko and Ichigo pose together in a photo booth. See more »


References Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973) See more »

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reminiscent of the young girls on the bridge at Harajaku, Tokyo
27 February 2009 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

Wonderful, colourful and amusing tale of two young girls whose personalities clash in the country of culture clashes. Anna Tsuchiya who played the prostitute in Sakuran, here plays a cool and very crazy bike girl from a gang of 'yanki's' and the cutie doll faced, Kyoko Fukada plays the frilly dress wearer, reminiscent of the young girls on the bridge at Harajaku, Tokyo.

This non-stop extravaganza takes in teenage angst, the clash between the traditional and the western styles, the passion for costume, the need or not of friends and so much more. And all in such a bright and infectious manner. A joy for all.

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