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Stratosphere Girl (2004)

Unrated | | Drama, Mystery | 9 September 2004 (Germany)
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Enter a dark, dangerous world where the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred. Angela is 18, a stunning Dutch blonde, a comic illustrator, and bored with life. Eager for adventure, ... See full summary »

Director:

Matthias X. Oberg (as M.X. Oberg)

Writer:

Matthias X. Oberg (as M.X. Oberg)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloé Winkel ... Angela
Jon Yang ... Yamamoto
Rebecca Palmer ... Rachel
Tuva Novotny ... Monika
Tara Elders ... Polly
Linda Steinhoff ... Ella
Filip Peeters ... Kruilman
Togo Igawa ... Oshima
Peggy Jane de Schepper Peggy Jane de Schepper ... Larissa
Alan Westaway Alan Westaway ... Scotty
Burt Kwouk ... Papa-San
Mette Louise Holland Mette Louise Holland ... Ingrid (as Mette-Louise Holland)
Monika Strzelczyk Monika Strzelczyk ... Tanya
Oona Spengler Oona Spengler ... Russian Girl
Akemi Otani Akemi Otani ... Mama-San
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Enter a dark, dangerous world where the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred. Angela is 18, a stunning Dutch blonde, a comic illustrator, and bored with life. Eager for adventure, she moves to Tokyo to become a bar hostess for Asian men who like Western women. An innocent in this sexual underworld, she confronts sleazy customers, jealous co-workers and a mystery: the disappearance of a former hostess. As she discovers clues, she sketches them out in comic-strip style, and slowly begins to confuse what she knows with what she draws. Written by AnonymousB

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Drama | Mystery

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English | Dutch | Japanese

Release Date:

9 September 2004 (Germany) See more »

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The Stratosphere Girl See more »

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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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Businessman 2: Is it true, you're just sixteen?
Angela: No, I'm fifteen.
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At the end of the credits, you can read "No blondes were harmed in the production of this motion picture" See more »

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Like A Virgin
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Written by Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly
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Yet another Orientalism
2 October 2005 | by urashimaru2002See all my reviews

It's like a lost in Translation meets Solaris meets L' Amant meets The Grudge. Even though the director M. X. Oberg's rendering techniques such as transforming the comics into the live actions and vice versa, use of handy-cam, etc. are somewhat different from the rest, the story itself tells nothing more than a Jonathan Kaplan's 1983 TV flick Girls of the White Orchid in which Jennifer Jason Leigh plays an innocent L.A. girl who was tricked by a yakuza into servitude as a Tokyo nightclub hostess/prostitute instead of her dream of becoming a singer. However Oberg remarks that the story is based on his encountering in the airplane with a German girl who worked for Tokyo nightclub, or a presumed relation with a murder case of a British barmaid disappeared from Roppongi nightclub in 2003, as I stated earlier, the similarity with White Orchid, which also allegedly based on a true event, is sine dubio, and this kind of exoticism/orientalism has been reiterated in all over the places from Ridley Scott's big budget Black Rain to the Master Card TV Commercials, or from Shirley MacLaine's disguise as a geisha to Emmanuelle Riva's love affair in Hiroshima; just to name a few. We live in the twenty-first century and are still have a deep chasm between the East and the West. This is what it reminds me when it shows excessive slow motions and dizzy flash backs by which they dispel the use of handy-cam with synchronous audio recording intended to represent the realism not the orientalism.


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