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Swing Girls (2004) More at IMDbPro »Suwingu gâruzu (original title)


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Director:
Writers:
Shinobu Yaguchi (written by)
Junko Yaguchi (contributing writer)
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Release Date:
11 September 2004 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Girls meet Jazz!!!
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
11 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Natsuki Nakazawa ... Miho Kinoshita
Natsuko Tatsumi ... Yoko Kobayashi

Miho Shiraishi ... Ms. Yayoi Itami

Naoto Takenaka ... Mr. Tadahiko Ozawa (math teacher)
Yu Tokui ... Karaoke Manager
Yôji Tanaka ... Manager of Pachinko Parlour
Hana Kino ... Manager at supermarket
Kôji Ohkura ... Supermarket Asst. Manager
Daikichi Sugawara ... Competition Emcee
Naomi Nishida ... Masumi (Music student)
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Yasumi Suzuki
Eri Watanabe ... Sanae Suzuki (as Eriko Watanabe)
Noriko Eguchi ... Shop Assistant at Muscial Instruments Shop
Hidekazu Mashima ... Takashi
Masashi Mikami ... Yusuke
Seiji Fukushi ... Inoue
Issei Takahashi ... Band Club Leader
Jirô Satô ... Bus Driver
Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Bento Delivery Guy
Masaaki Takarai ... Kubota-sensei
Tadashi Sakata ... Pachinko Customer
Rina Kaneko ... Tomoko's Little Sister
Mayuko Iwasa ... Chie
Kazumasa Tanimoto ... Boy Music Student
Kôko Mori ... Old Lady
Mari Hayashida ... Mean Housewife at the Park
Yûko Takeda ... TV News Reporter
Yûji Ogata ... Train Conductor
Mutsuko Sakura ... Tomoko's Grandmother (Mie Suzuki)
Kei Tani ... Morishita
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asuka Yamaguchi ... Chika Kubo

Directed by
Shinobu Yaguchi 
 
Writing credits
Shinobu Yaguchi (written by)

Junko Yaguchi (contributing writer)

Produced by
Shintaro Horikawa .... producer
Shôji Masui .... executive producer
Daisuke Sekiguchi .... producer
Yoshishige Shimatani .... chief executive producer
 
Original Music by
Hiroshi Kishimoto 
Mickie Yoshino  (as Mikkî Yoshino)
 
Cinematography by
Takahide Shibanushi 
 
Film Editing by
Ryûji Miyajima 
 
Art Direction by
Norihiro Isoda 
 
Makeup Department
Akiteru Nakada .... special makeup effects artist
 
Sound Department
Hiromichi Kori .... sound
Masatoshi Saitô .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Megumi Kitamura .... assistant camera
Tatsuya Osada .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Eiko Kataoka .... making
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Suwingu gâruzu" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
Japan:105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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:[after being told by Sekiguchi that she used to collect matsutake mushrooms in grandpa's woods] Amazing, does your family own this whole forest?
Sekiguchi, Kaori:Nope.
Nakamura, Yuta:How far can we pick?
Sekiguchi, Kaori:How far?
Nakamura, Yuta:Don't these woods belong to your grandpa?
Sekiguchi, Kaori:No, they belong to my mother's friend's cousin's grandpa.
Nakamura, Yuta:So this grandpa isn't your grandpa?
Tanaka, Naomi:Japanese language can be so vague.
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Soundtrack:
Moonlight SerenadeSee more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
"There are two kinds of people in the world..., 5 April 2005
Author: Gigo_Satana from Oriental State of Mind

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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