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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)  »

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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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To promote the movie, the actor and the actresses performed live in concerts in Japan and USA. See more »

Quotes

Nakamura, Yuta: [following the girls who went to collect matsutake mushrooms in the woods] Why am I stuck doing this too?
Saito, Yoshie: It's dangerous for a bunch of girls to be alone in the woods. Especially me, I'm definitely pervert bait.
Tanaka, Naomi: More likely bear bait.
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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
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"There are two kinds of people in the world...
5 April 2005 | by (Oriental State of Mind) – See all my reviews

people who swing and people who don't." Obviously going into this movie it's preferable that you have an open mind to a music style such as jazz, but even if you don't it won't be a problem. This film doesn't try to educate or force music on you but merely presents a situation where an unlikely group of students get involved with a music class and then on their own find passion for jazz.

This film could have done much more with its concept and frankly I'm glad that it didn't. It could have added melodramatic situations or over the top comedy, or even both genres simultaneously, but it didn't. Instead this movie took on one direction and made the best of it. Not once did it drag nor were any of its characters annoying or unconvincing. It simply made time fly with pleasant sounds of music that we have heard before but in a situation surrounding girls that normally wouldn't "act up" this way.

Now there is a new alternative for the common association and portrayal of cute Japanese school girls with films like Suicide Club and All About Lily Chou-Chou. Although Swing Girls also carries itself with various themes of music, it is the complete opposite of the other two films noted.

8 out of 10 for being amusingly upbeat, simple and yet confidently delivered without tiring clichés.

Extra Note: For those of you who couldn't get enough of Swing Girls, a new live DVD has been released entitiled "Swing Girls: First And Last Concert", where you can see the original cast and other film-related musicians performing.


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