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Kamikaze Girls [DVD]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on the hit Japanese novel SHIMOTSUMA STORY by Novala Takemoto, KAMIKAZE GIRLS is a charming, unique, and very funny film. Pop star Kyoko Fukada stars as Momoko, a 17-year-old girl so obsessed with everything rococo that she wears old-fashioned frilly white clothing and carries a parasol. After her mother (Ryoko Shinohara) leaves and her would-be yakuza father (Hiroyuki Miyasako) gets kicked out of the big city for selling the wrong kind of designer knock-offs, Momoko and her dad move to the country, living with Momoko's somewhat offbeat grandmother (Kirin Kiki). Desperate for money, Momoko starts selling the remainder of her father's counterfeit clothing, but her only customer is a tough-talking young biker chick, Ichigo (Anna Tsuchiya), who belongs to an all-girl gang. Against all probability, the two very different teenagers become best friends, even though neither will admit it. And when Ichigo faces serious danger, Momoko must decide whether she can save the day. Writer-director Tetsuya Nakashima infuses the delightful KAMIKAZE GIRLS with fast-paced scenes, goofy flashbacks, playful sets, bright colors, and an endearing and infectious sense of fun in every shot.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DKG01

  • Credits
    Kyoko Fukada,Anna Tsuchiya,Hiroyuki Miyasako,Ryoko Shinohara,Sadao Abe,Yoshinori Okada,Eiko Koike,Shin Yazawa,Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
  • Critic Reviews
    "Like Enid and Rebecca in GHOST WORLD, these two lonely girls travel through a world of their own creation, manufactured from the detritus of pop culture and pronounced alienation....[The film is] a nice primer to Japanese pop culture."
    New York Times

    "[A] hyperstylized, supercute female-bonding odyssey....[T]he cultural divide acts as a saccharine filter, and KAMIKAZE, a cult hit in Japan, becomes a mesmerizing lesson in otherness."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "KAMIKAZE GIRLS is something of a primer to Japanese pop culture....The film is full of the usual visual flourishes one expects from manga-influenced Japanese pop-films."
    Sight and Sound

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