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» Company
Viz Media
» Running Time
100 mins
» Genre
Drama, Comedy
» Type
Live Action
» Final Score
9.8
» User Rating
Current average:
10

Kamikaze Girls

» written by Wai Yung (Wayne) Chim [Discuss]

Synopsis
Momoko yearns to live in 18th century Versailles, rather than in her back-country hometown of Shimotsuma. To escape, she loses herself in the dreamy, doll-like fasions of the “Lolita” scene. Her idol is Akinori Isobe, chief designer of Baby, the Stars Shine Bright - her favorite design house - and she frequently travels all the way to Tokyo to shop at the store.

One languid summer, to help fund her expensive hobby, Momoko runs a classified ad offering brand-name knock-off clothes for sale. She encounters a buyer named Ichigo, who happens to live in her neighborbood.

Super-rebel Ichigo is a “Yanki”-style member of the Ponytails motorbike gang, one of Ibaraki’s Wild Speed Tribes, whose teeth-rattling customized bikes are decked out with fiberglass shields and bannered backrests.

Somewhat against Momoko’s will, she and Ichigo slowly develop a strong friendship as they share their feelings on the odd going-ons around them.

Review
Talk about pairing an odd couple together. Kamikaze Girls (Shimotsuma Monogari) is a hilarious movie about two high school girls with two way different personalities. Momoko Ryugasaki (Kyoko Fukada) is a rococo obsessed teen who dresses in the odd but cute Lolita style. Ichigo Shirayuri (Anna Tsuchiya) is a ‘yanki,’ a female biker gang member. As the show begins and Momoko narrates through her life, you are given laugh after laugh after laugh. I just cannot believe how this show just puts a smile on my face from the beginning to the end.

Kamikaze Girls finds a way to humor the viewer, whether it is some quick hitter dialogues, or the action on the screen. It is, simply put, a total entertainment package. The acting was great, and the jokes work. Momoko’s range or attires throughout was pretty. I think it is illegal to be that cute. On the other hand we have Ichigo, who has a lame Jusco (a large department store in Japan) influenced attire. While it was funny how the show portrayed Jusco, it is still a nice place to shop at!

The plot of Kamikaze Girls at first revolves around Momoko and how she isolates herself from other people. Then comes Ichiko (notice I said, ‘Ichiko’) who pays Momoko a visit after seeing her advertisement on the bootleg Versach (notice I spelled Versach and not otherwise) leftovers that her father had put away because of an incident that happened earlier which lead them to move from the city to Shimotsuma. After their first encounter, Ichiko becomes a frequent guest of Momoko’s house and that is how their friendship begins.

As the story progresses in a steady yet jaw dropping, stomach turning, laugh out loud inducing pace, we learn the background histories of both of our heroines: Momoko, who has always been mature for her age and Ichigo, who began as a goodie goodie nerd to a rude, saliva spiting punk. Their personalities certainly are not the most compatible, but the movie relies on their constant clashing of different views and beliefs. It is a show that focuses on friendships, and how even if people are brought up in separate worlds or are complete polar opposites of one another, a special bond could be found where nobody thought could be at first, as a long as a point of interest exists between each other.

The Breakdown
Kamikaze Girls is an instant classic. The fun that accompanies this show is superb. You would find yourself enjoying this no matter how many times you replay it… except unless maybe if you re-watch it twenty-four, seven; then it is not the movie that is the problem, somebody needs some help. ^_^.

 

» The Pros
Kyoko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya make a tremendous team. Fukada-san's beauty and lovely narrating voice pairing with Tsuchiya-san's great acting of a yanki biker gang member is amusing... also, Ichigo may look sloppy with her Jusco get-up throughout the movie, but at the end we see a different Ichigo, for a short moment though.

» The Cons
This movie may inflict stomach pains with the amount of comedy one might experience from watching this gem. Be forewarned.

» Animation
10
There are some CGs here and there. I loved the actors and actresses and of course, Kyoko Fukada is *drools*.

» Sound
9
The music score was nicely done. The actors and actresses really made this title one of the best things that has been imported in the States in a while.

» Story
9.5
The jokes does not stop from beginning to end. The story of a formation of a friendship with two completely different souls is quite interesting, especially in this case.

» Recommend
10
Kamikaze Girls is a hit in Japan, and we can understand why; it is a Japanese movie in Japan. But we have to look pass that, because I can assure and will guarantee to you that you will love this movie by the time you are finished.

 

» Other Information
Language: Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles.

Extras:
Kyoko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya Interview, Original Japanese Trailers, and Anna Tsuchiya Music Clip "Sideways."

Package:
Momoko on the top left, Ichiko on the bottom right. The cover does not slap you in the face by any means, but non-interesting covers usually are the great sleeper hits.

 

 

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