Kamikaze Girls

Directed By: Tetsuya Nakashima Starring: Anna Tsuchiya

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 202060711
UPC 782009234517
UPC 14 00782009234517
Format DVD
Release Date 1/10/2006
Pop Stars
Teenage Girls
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
New York Times "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." 09/09/2005 p.E14
Entertainment Weekly "[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." 09/15/2005 p.62
Sight and Sound "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." 08/01/2008 p.67
Tetsuya Nakashima
Anna Tsuchiya
Cast & Crew
Anna Tsuchiya - Actor
Hiroyuki Miyasako - Actor
Kyoko Fukada - Actor
Masakazu Ato - Cinematographer
Sadao Abe - Actor
Takashi Hirano, et. al. - Producer
Tetsuya Nakashima - Director
Tetsuya Nakashima - Writer
Yoko Kanno - Original Music By
Yoshiyuki Koike, et. al. - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 01
UPC 00782009234517
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Japanese
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review As exciting for its beautifully specific and honest portrayal of teenage girls and their friendships as it is for its dazzling visual and narrative style, Kamikaze Girls is a glorious blend of kitsch, grit, humor and uplift that borrows freely from various Japanese subcultures and films such as The Outsiders and Kill Bill to tell the picaresque story of an emotionally repressed teenager with an active fantasy life who learns to open herself up to friendship.
Reviewer Carina Chocano
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Tsuchiya,Anna
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle A silly, freewheeling, candy-colored lollapalooza, but also heartfelt.

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