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Director: Tetsuya Nakashima     Starring: Anna Tsuchiya
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202060711
UPC: 782009234517
UPC 14: 00782009234517
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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.

"A silly, freewheeling, candy-colored lollapalooza, but also heartfelt.  G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/10/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 103 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 01
Video UPC UPC: 00782009234517
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anna Tsuchiya
Video Cast Info Hiroyuki Miyasako
Video Cast Info Kyoko Fukada
Video Cast Info Sadao Abe
Video Cast Info Masakazu Ato - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Takashi Hirano, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Tetsuya Nakashima - Director
Video Cast Info Tetsuya Nakashima - Writer
Video Cast Info Yoko Kanno - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Yoshiyuki Koike, et. al. - Editor

Professional Reviews

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

Los Angeles Times 7 of 10
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. - Carina Chocano

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Tsuchiya,Anna
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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