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Swing Girls (2004)
"Suwingu gâruzu" (original title)

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A tale of delinquent and lazy school girls. In their efforts to cut remedial summer math class, they end up poisoning and replacing the schools brass band.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juri Ueno ...
Tomoko Suzuki (Tenor Sax)
Yûta Hiraoka ...
Takuo Nakamura (Piano)
Shihori Kanjiya ...
Yoshie Saito (Trumpet)
Yuika Motokariya ...
Kaori Sekiguchi (Trombone)
Yukari Toyoshima ...
Naomi Tanaka (Drums)
Kana Sekine ...
Hiromi Watanabe
Asuka ...
Chika Kubo
Fumiko Mizuta ...
Yuka Yamamoto (Bass)
Chiyo Nakamura ...
Emiko Okamura
Masae Nemoto ...
Akemi Otsu
Madoka Matsuda ...
Yumiko Shimizu
Mutsumi Kanazaki ...
Rie Ishikawa
Nagisa Abe ...
Reiko Shimoda (Trumpet)
Misa Nagashima ...
Misato Miyazaki
Eri Maehara ...
Kayo Yoshida
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A tale of delinquent and lazy school girls. In their efforts to cut remedial summer math class, they end up poisoning and replacing the schools brass band.

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Girls meet Jazz!!!

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Drama | Comedy | Music

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Release Date:

11 September 2004 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Swing Girls  »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 500,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$111,382 (Hong Kong) (2 September 2005)

Gross:

$293,268 (Hong Kong) (23 September 2005)
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Trivia

The video game that Tomoko's sister is playing in the house scene is called Space Channel 5 Part 2 for the Playstation 2. The second song the Swing Girls play during the concert is the main theme from the game. The song is called Mexican Flyer by Ken Woodman. See more »

Quotes

Nakamura, Yuta: Where do you think you're going?
Tomoko Suzuki: Bathroom.
Nakamura, Yuta: Liar! You really have to practice. There's only a week left 'til the game!
Tomoko Suzuki: Won't even let us pee!
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the characters from the movie lip-sync along with "Love" by Nat King Cole. See more »

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Moonlight Serenade
Written by Glenn Miller and Mitchell Parish
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I like Swing Girls.
7 June 2005 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Swing Girls (2004) was directed by Shinobu Yaguchi. Born in Kanagawa in 1967, Yaguchi other works include Adrenalin Live, A Secret Flower Garden and Water Boys. The latter has been his most successful movie to date, having been developed into a weekly television series. Water Boys shares many similarities with Swing Girls. First of all, the stage for each movie is high school and the main character in each is a boy (or girl) with no particular talent, skill or interests. He (she) discovers synchronized swimming (jazz music) and undergoes a transformation. Both movies are based on the theme of succeeding.

Set in present-day Japan, Swing Girls is the story of girls who meet and are deeply fascinated by jazz. The heroine is a very typical Japanese teenager. Her character is suggestive of the hidden problem of today children. She lacks any special interests or motivation and dislikes making any effort. But when she discovers jazz, she discovers something she can be absorbed in and begins to transform herself. At first, she is not able to even make a noise. But she and her friends practice and come to be able to play their instruments. They slowly come to be fond of jazz and take part in a music competition.

All the music was played by the actresses and actors themselves, which is perhaps the most outstanding aspect of Swing Girls. Their accents, on the other hand, sound to me like an imitation. But, as a whole, I like this movie.


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