Kamikaze GirlsDirector: Tetsuya Nakashima
Japanese pop stars Kyôko Fukada (of Takeshi Kitano's Dolls) and Anna Tsuchiya star as the titular hellraisers of writer/director Tetsuya Nakashima's coming-of-age fantasy comedy Kamikaze Girls. The film opens with an animated segment, then switches to live action as Momoko (Fukada), wearing a frilly white dress, is sent flying from her scooter by a/i>/i>… See more details below
Japanese pop stars Kyôko Fukada (of Takeshi Kitano's Dolls) and Anna Tsuchiya star as the titular hellraisers of writer/director Tetsuya Nakashima's coming-of-age fantasy comedy Kamikaze Girls. The film opens with an animated segment, then switches to live action as Momoko (Fukada), wearing a frilly white dress, is sent flying from her scooter by a high-speed collision with a cabbage truck. Flying through the air in slow motion, Momoko reflects on her life, as the film flashes back to the Rococo era in France, the time and place in which the spacy teen wishes she'd lived. Soon we're back in more recent times, as Momoko recounts her parents' first meeting in a back alley, her birth, and her mother's subsequent abandonment of her failed yakuza father for the obstetrician who delivered Momoko. As a teen, Momoko dresses in the girly Lolita style, carries a parasol, and lives in the country, pining for Tokyo and her favorite clothing store, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. Disgusted by the slovenly, unfashionable bumpkins that surround her, who buy all their clothing from the local Walmart-style superstore, Momoko retreats into herself and her fantasies. While trying to raise money to support her expensive tastes, she encounters Ichigo (Tsuchiya), a "Yanki" roughneck biker gang member, who expresses herself through spitting and violent headbutting. Momoko is naturally repulsed at first, but the two girls gradually form an unlikely friendship and make a wealth of discoveries about themselves as they travel to Tokyo together in search of a legendary tailor to make Ichigo a special jacket to honor her gang leader's retirement. Kamikaze Girls was shown at Subway Cinema's New York Asian Film Festival in 2005.
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Cast & Crew
|Yoko Kanno||Score Composer|
|Towako Kuwashima||Production Designer|
|Junichi Shima||Sound/Sound Designer|
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One of my favorite movies for sure. It was funny and cute and heartwarming and surprising and very inspirational!
It was one of the best movies I have seen in a long while. Funny and touching, with excellent story line!
The Japanese equivelant of director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's magestic "Amelie," Kamikaze Girls has wonderful cinematics and a heart-warming story about a frilly-dressed dreamer and a hardcore gang member in need of a friend. The two form a bond that cannot be broken in the debut film by director Tetsuya Nakashima.
I would say that this is one of my top ten best picks of movies. It is a comedy and is not overly girly, despite what you might have guessed baised on the cover. It is a comming of age story with insight to Japanese subculture. It is light hearted and never dull.
During this movie you will most likely be troubled and udderly bemused, why, because this movie is about the strangest friends ever to hit the big screen. Yes, these friends are a Lolita and a Yankie. How they met, over fashion. How they became friends, a series of random events and teenage weirdism. If you love to laugh this movie is perfect, and it has an interesting message in it too.