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  (in credits order)
Juri Ueno ... Fumio Shijô

Megumi Seki ... Kazune Saiki
Airi Taira ... Yuzuko Sarashina

Yûsuke Iseya ... Kazuomi Shijô
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Federico Aletta ... Magdalena no teshita
Brian Davis ... Mr. Lawrence
Kimiko Fuchiuchi ... Kaoruko
Delcea Mihaela Gabriela ... Sister Malena
Erina Hayase ... Tsubomi
Taichirô Hirokawa ... Narrator (voice)
Shûko Itô
Nanase Iwai ... Yurie
Kei Kato ... Takashi Sarashina

Rinko Kikuchi ... Nobuko Sakurai
Haruka Kudô ... Anri
Toshinobu Matsuo ... Shunsuke Wakatsuki
Rinako Matsuoka
Tomomi Miyashita ... Lady Murasaki
Kanako Miyauchi ... Sakurako
Tokuma Nishioka ... Inspector General of Police
Natsuki Okamoto ... Sara
Nanami Ota ... Fumio - kid
Aimi Satsukawa ... Shizuka Marikoji

Mitsuki Tanimura ... Jinchoge
Satomi Tezuka ... Fumio's mother

Directed by
Issei Oda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Izumi Kawahara  manga Warau Mikaeru
Issei Oda 
Genki Yoshimura 

Produced by
Dai Miyazaki .... producer
Issei Shibata .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Hirofumi Okada 
Film Editing by
Daishi Takiishi 
Art Direction by
Hidefumi Hanatani 
Costume Design by
Michiko Kitamura 
Visual Effects by
Issei Oda .... visual effects supervisor
Haruhiko Shono .... mechanical designer (as Haruhiko Shôno)
Kenji Tanigaki .... action choreographer

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Also Known As:
"Warau Mikaeru" - Japan (original title)
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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Colourful, wacky and the coolest dog ever, 7 February 2007
Author: rooprect from New York City

Well, maybe he's not the coolest dog *ever*. Check out a film called HACHIKO MONOGATARI for the coolest dog ever. But Damien the cgi dog in Arch Angels was pretty darn trippy. It's the most unusual use of a creepy big black dog since The Omen.

I'm not familiar with the manga upon which this film is based, nor am I familiar with manga-based films in general. But I really enjoyed this flick. What won me over was the creativity of both plot and presentation. Here we have a bizarre story (a bunch of girls at a Japanese convent school attain super powers and do battle with evil Italian submarines while trying to uphold a façade of proper feminine charms à la French aristocracy) which is told through an equally bizarre blend of live action, cgi, illustrations, "bulleting" (that "Matrix" effect of freezing the action and swooshing the camera around different angles) and even a few comic strip special effects like the old Batman TV series. Essentially, this movie is a visual burst of fruit flavours.

I wish I were more familiar with Japanese culture & language, because I could tell that a lot of jokes & humorous situations were lost on me. For example, there's a recurring gag about ramen noodles which confused me. But it didn't take long for me to figure out that it's supposed to be really funny. And before I knew it I was laughing even though I still didn't get the joke.

There are also many subtle situational gags dealing with the prim & proper nature of polite Japanese society. This I equate to the hilarious old Monty Python sketches about British gentility--again, something you may not be familiar with, but you can enjoy the laughs nonetheless.

I've never been disappointed with a Japanese comedy. Check out SWING GIRLS (also starring the lovely & talented Juri Ueno) as well as KAMIKAZE GIRLS (which has a similar theme of Japanese-European identity crisis) and if you like kickass superhero chicks try CUTIE HONEY.

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