Kamikaze Girls

Film Intro
Kamikaze Girls
Film Info
Original Title: 
Shimotsuma Monogatari
Country: 
Japan
Year of Production: 
2004
Rating: 
12
Genre: 
Comedy
Running Time: 
103 mins
Original Language: 
Japanese

Summary

Kamikaze Girls
Dir: 
Tetsuya Nakashima
Writer: 
Tetsuya Nakashima
Cast: 
Kyoko Fukada, Anna Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Sadao Abe, YosiYosi Arakawa, Yoshinori Okada
Synopsis: 

Our principal character and narrator is Momoko (Kyoko Fukada), the 17-year-old product of a highly dysfunctional marriage who wishes she'd lived in 18th Century France, during the Rococo age; instead, she and her bonnets and frilly dresses are stuck in Japan's rural outback, where she abides by a philosophy that claims, "If I can't live independently, I'd rather be a water flea."

Enter Ichigo (Anna Tsuchiya), a tough-talking, head-butting, scooter-riding thug who doesn't know rococo from rock & roll, and whom the haughty Momoko deplores and mostly ignores--at least until they're brought together by, of all things, embroidery (Momoko's good at it, Ichigo needs some for her biker threads).

Suffice it to say that these two oddballs form a union of sorts, and Kamikaze Girls (entitled Shimotsuma Monogatari in Japanese) ultimately delivers a fairly straightforward message about independence, loneliness, and friendship. But getting there is quite a trip. Director and co-writer Tetsuya Nakashima combines live action, animation, special effects, fourth-wall asides, fantasy sequences, and more in a dazzling onslaught of images.

Crew
Producer: 
Takashi Hirano, Yuuji Ishida, Satoru Ogura
Executive Producer: 
Kunikatsu Kondo, Yokichi Osato
Co-Executive Producer: 
Kazuya Hamana, Masayuki Miyashita
Line Producer: 
Yutaka Suzuki
Editor: 
Yoshiyuki Koike, Chiaki Toyama
Production Manager: 
Tadao Osawa
Production Designer: 
Towako Kuwashima
Cinematography: 
Masakazu Ato
Music: 
Yoko Kanno
Lighting: 
Taro Kimura
Presented in Association with: 
TBS, Amuse Soft
Blu-ray Disc Info
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BD Release Date: 
8 Feb 2010
BD Specifications: 
Anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 surround sound, removable subtitles
BD Bonus Features: 
"Making of", interviews with the cast and crew, "Birth of Unicorn Ryuji" short film, workprint footage, Anna Tsuchiya music video, theatrical trailer, trailers of other Third Window Films titles
DVD Info
Kamikaze Girls DVD Cover
Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk
Buy Now at Play.com
Buy Now at HMV.com
DVD Release Date: 
8 Feb 2010
DVD Specifications: 
Anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 surround sound, removable subtitles
DVD Bonus Features: 
"Making of", interviews with the cast and crew, "Birth of Unicorn Ryuji" short film, workprint footage, Anna Tsuchiya music video, theatrical trailer, trailers of other Third Window Films titles
Recognition
Awards: 
Japanese Academy Awards - Won: Best Newcomer of the Year (Anna Tsuchiya), Nominated: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Blue Ribbon Awards: Won Best Actress (Anna Tsuchiya), Hochi Film Awards: Won Best Actress (Anna Tsuchiya), Japanese Professional Movie Awards: Won Best Film, Best Director, Kinema Junpo Awards: Won Best Actress (Anna Tsuchiya), Mainichi Film Concours: Won Best Actress (Kyoko Fukada), Best Art Direction, Best New Actress (Anna Tsuchiya), Yokohama Film Festival: Won Best Actress, Best Director, Best Film, Best New Talent, Best Supporting Actress
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