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Linda Linda Linda (2005)

A music group of girls need to learn to play a song before the school festival.

Director:

Nobuhiro Yamashita
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doona Bae ... Son - vocalist
Aki Maeda ... Kyoko Yamada (drummer)
Yû Kashii ... Kei Tachibana - Guitarist
Shiori Sekine Shiori Sekine ... Nozomi Shiroko (bassist)
Takayo Mimura Takayo Mimura ... Rinko
Shione Yukawa Shione Yukawa ... Moe
Yuko Yamazaki Yuko Yamazaki ... Nakajima
Masahiro Kômoto Masahiro Kômoto ... Koyama sensei
Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... Makihara
Katsuya Kobayashi Katsuya Kobayashi ... Kazuya
Keisuke Koide ... Abe
Masaki Miura Masaki Miura ... Maezono
Lily Lily ... Kei's mother
Kaori Fujii Kaori Fujii ... Nakayama sensei
Kôen Kondô
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Storyline

Girls are friends, girls are not friends, girls come and go, but the band plays on in this film about a high school quartet with only three days to find a stable line-up, choose songs, rehearse and climb the stage at the rock music show of their annual festival. A foreign exchange student as a singer, a sullen guitarist, a shy bassist and a tom girl are a soaking wet band in a high school auditorium. Written by aghaemi

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 July 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Линда, Линда, Линда See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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When the girls pop their party-poppers, they quickly let them drop to the floor. The next scene, from reverse angle, shows them still holding the used poppers. See more »

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Let's sing a song for every @$$%&#! in the world!
27 June 2006 | by madscientist2787See all my reviews

I'm happy to report that the Japanese film Linda Linda Linda, which screened tonight at NYAFF (and was the first film of the festival that I was able to go see at the ImaginAsian theater) is hands-down the best movie I've seen at the festival so far. An upbeat and joyous film about a high school girls' rock and roll band, it's practically guaranteed to go straight to the heart of anyone who believes in music, and its power to save one's soul.

The plot is as straightforward as they come. Shiba High School is holding their annual Holly Festival complete with a musical talent show, and three friends - drummer Kyoko (Aki Madea, Battle Royale), keyboardist-turned-guitarist Kei (Yu Kasii, Lorelei) and bassist Nozomi (Shiori Sekine, of the real band Base Ball Bear) are struggling to get a band together. After their previous guitarist injures her finger and has to bow out, they recruit shy Korean exchange student Song (Bae Doo-Na, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) as their vocalist, and decide to cover three songs by the Clash-esquire 80's J-punk group The Blue Hearts. After weeks of staying up all night practicing, jamming until the wee hours (not to mention the fact that Song has to learn her lyrics phonetically), they are finally ready to play their music before their teachers and friends.

Admittedly, the description above probably makes this movie sound like every other movie about a band, or a sports team, or some kind of sentimental, rah-rah "Eye of the Tiger" pap. Trust me - nothing could be farther from the truth. What this movie is about is the people - the four schoolgirls that are its main characters are as quirky, and as button-cute, but also as three dimensional, as anyone you'd meet in life, and the movie's long, uninterrupted takes and improv-style acting give us a fly-on-the-wall feeling of being there. Opening with a MiniDV shot of one girl giving an on-camera interview about the Holly Festival, the movie starts out depicting its characters with shy restraint, gradually revealing more and more about their personalities, foibles, their joys and sorrows, until eventually, they literally start to feel like our friends. By the end, when the group performs their songs, we've honestly forgotten that they are characters in a film. We want to stand up and applaud.

I would honestly say that Linda Linda Linda is one of the greatest rock and roll films I've ever seen. Being a recent film, it doesn't have the legendary status of This Is Spinal Tap or A Hard Day's Night, but honestly, it's up there. This is rock and roll stripped down to its very core. No pretension, no decadence, no sex, drugs, limos, and all of that bullshit - just the three-chord structure of a song and its power to save lives. It's a truly beautiful thing to see and hear.


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