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Suwingu gâruzu (2004)

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.

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 poisoning and replacing the schools brass band.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Girls meet Jazz!!!

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Music

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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

Many of the actresses had never played an instrument before. They took intensive music lesson at Yamaha Music School for several months before the shooting began. 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 Gigo_SatanaSee 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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