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Swing Girls (2004)

Suwingu gâruzu (original title)
A tale of delinquent and lazy school girls. In their efforts to cut remedial summer math class, they end up vitiating and replacing the schools brass band.

Director:

Shinobu Yaguchi

Writers:

Shinobu Yaguchi, Junko Yaguchi (contributing writer)
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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 Yukari Toyoshima ... Naomi Tanaka (Drums)
Kana Sekine Kana Sekine ... Hiromi Watanabe
Asuka Asuka ... Chika Kubo
Fumiko Mizuta Fumiko Mizuta ... Yuka Yamamoto (Bass)
Chiyo Nakamura Chiyo Nakamura ... Emiko Okamura
Masae Nemoto Masae Nemoto ... Akemi Otsu
Madoka Matsuda Madoka Matsuda ... Yumiko Shimizu
Mutsumi Kanazaki Mutsumi Kanazaki ... Rie Ishikawa
Nagisa Abe Nagisa Abe ... Reiko Shimoda (Trumpet)
Misa Nagashima Misa Nagashima ... Misato Miyazaki
Eri Maehara Eri Maehara ... Kayo Yoshida
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Girls meet Jazz!!!

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Music

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 September 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Swing Girls See more »

Filming Locations:

Yamagata, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 500,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All the music scores in the movie were actually performed by the actor and actresses themselves. They were not dubbed. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

Moonlight Serenade
Written by Glenn Miller and Mitchell Parish
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I like Swing Girls.
7 June 2005 | by okomechanSee 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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