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Kamikaze Girls [2005] [DVD]

Kyko Fukada , Hiroyuki Miyasako , Tetsuya Nakashima    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kyko Fukada, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Anna Tsuchiya, Sadao Abe, Eiko Koike
  • Directors: Tetsuya Nakashima
  • Producers: Takashi Hirano, Yuuji Ishida, Satoru Ogura
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Third Window
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L4I27W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,391 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

2004 Japanese comedy directed by Tetsuya Nakashima. Momoko Ryugasaki (Kyoko Fukada) is a bit of an oddball 17-year-old, who is fascinated by life in 18th century Versailles. She wears her version of what she thinks people wore there at that time and dreams of being able to get away from her boring life. Momoko's father (Hiroyuki Miyasako) makes his living selling counterfeit brand-name clothes, but when he gets on the wrong side of some bad people, he has to flee to the countryside. Momoko decides to escape from her boredom and to make some money by selling the last of her father's dodgy stock. In doing this, she meets up with biker chick, Ichigo (Anna Tsuchiya). So begins a strange friendship and a colourful series of adventures as the odd couple lurch into situations both comic and dangerous.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby, the stars shine bright 3 Aug 2007
If Tom Tykwer and Jean-Pierre Jeunet dropped acid in Tokyo, the resulting movie might be something like "Kamikaze Girls."

At heart, this movie is just a story about an unlikely friendship between two unusual, lonely young girls. But it's also wrapped up in quirky characters, astoundingly stylized cinematography, and dabbed with magical realism and bright colour -- in other words, a made-to-order cult flick.

It opens with a shot of Momoko (Kyko Fukada) being hit by a cabbage truck, and flung into the air from her moped. She bids farewell to all the things in her life... and decides to rewind so people can see a bit more of it.

The product of a short-lived shotgun marriage, Momoko is an oddity in her rural Japanese village -- she's enamoured of Rococo-era France, and dresses only in "Lolita" clothes. To fund her shopping sprees, she decides to use Ver*ace and Uni*ersal knockoffs her dad used to sell, and immediately gets a customer -- a "yanki" biker named Ichiko (Anna Tsuchiya), who's as punky and raw as Momoko is distant.

The girls soon form an odd friendship, based on embroider, pachinko, and Ichiko's short-lived first love. But their paths lead them in new directions -- Momoko is hired to embroider a new model of dress, and Ichiko finds herself dissatisfied with the new gang organizations. And when she decides to leave her gang, Momoko has no choice but to come to her aid.

When you strip it down to the bone, "Kamikaze Girls" is just a story about two odd girls -- one a "girl anachronism," one a punk biker -- who become friends, and how they come of age and gain their independence in their own unique ways. No more, no less.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great movie 12 Nov 2007
By Audrey
Kamikaze Girls starts with the introduction of lolita-dress-wearing, Rococo-period-obsessed Momoko. In order to pay for her rather expensive outfits, she sells fake Versace and Universal items, thereby throwing her into the path of the deep-voiced, headbutting Ichigo (Ichiko). Suddenly finding herself with Ichigo practically attached to her hip, Momoko, a loner for as long as she could remember, finds that her life is changing, as well as herself.

I have to say that this movie is completely amazing. There really isn't enough I can say about it. The two main characters are original, strange, weird, funny...Some people might be put off by the pink, frilly picture on the front of the case, but this movie is in no way limited to a girl audience nor is it shallow. And just to let everyone know, I hate pink; I only watched this because I heard it was great, and I wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, it turned out to be much better than I thought. Now, it is one of my all-time favorite movies.

Kamikaze Girls is a hilarious movie, filled with everything from girly lolita dresses, strange and frightening hairdos, friendship and loneliness, self-discovery, motorcycle gangs, and some truly funny moments. Both characters are very likable, strong, and funny; Momoko with her obsession with everything Rococo, and Ichigo with her comical facial expressions.

I enjoyed every moment of this unique film, and I highly recommend watching it even if you have qualms about the content or whether or not you'll like it. It was an inventive and surprisingly meaningful film, and I'm sure that it will strike a chord with every viewer in some way. Now, if I can only get other people to watch it...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare treat - a consistently very funny film 23 Nov 2009
Also known as Shimotsuma Monogatari, this is about a sweet kind girl called Momoko who, as a result of her selling her former gangster father's fake Versace and Universal Studios merchandise online meets a punk girl and self-styled 'Yanki' called Ichiko, a member of a bike gang who spits, swears and head-butts and generally couldn't be more different to Momoko but shares her interest in fashion. They strike up something of a relationship which forms the basis of this road movie and buddy comedy, one that is deeply insightful and surprisingly touching with the surreal world only further highlighting the all too real friendship that brings these two unlikely girls together.

Although this is more than just a mad-hat, slap-stick comedy, for humour alone it stands out because so many supposedly funny films from the US or the UK leave me utterly stone-faced throughout, offering nothing at all. Kamikaze Girls offers laughs just about every minute, with its very sharp script and basically crazy visual effects and camerawork. The director Tetsuya Nakashima probably set himself a target of making sure that the audience would laugh every single minute, and if that's the case then he emphatically succeeded. It helps a little if you know something about Japanese urban culture - having lived there for several years I enjoyed these satirical pokes immensely - but even if you know nothing at all about Japan there's such an overload of gags that you'll need to watch it two or three times and still see or hear something new each time. So many 'western' films play out one joke over 90 minutes and barely raise a smile; this one at times offers 90 laughs a minute.

But it's more than a comedy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
One of my favourite films. A very sweet story about an unlikely friendship. You cannot help but love Momo and Ichiko :)
Published 15 months ago by mizzzzim
5.0 out of 5 stars Pro Life
A film not about fashion as the blurb writer tries to highlight, but about creating surrogate worlds to the real one, because the "real one" is too awful to contemplate. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Film - utterly stunning!!!
I just can't stop watching this film over and over - it's become my all-time favourite. It's taken me all of my 60 years to find a film that I can understand so completely - I see... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by Ms. Jan Heiland
5.0 out of 5 stars Motorbike Embroidery Chick-flick
I laughed! I cried! I watched it again! I laughed some more! I cried some more! I told friends about it. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by P. S. Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely mental and adorable at the same time. Good Times!!!
I saw this on TV and loved every second of it from start to finish. It is basically a film about teen bonding and quirky pop culture but done in a very surreal and wacky Japanese... Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by Fast Friday
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese pop culture at its best
This charming, engaging and visually fantastic movie comes from the talented director of 'Memories of Matsuko' and the darkly amazing new movie 'Confessions' (Kokuhaku. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2011 by Fergus Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Kamikaze Girls
A great fun movie showing several aspects of Japanese life. Characters are well portrayed and acted by both young and established actors. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by Cw Evans-gunther
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
The first time you watch this film you will be dazzled at the visual experience. Like an intense pop video that winds on for 90 minutes instead of 3, it leaves you at times... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2011 by M. Fairman
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban japan at it's best
This film revolves around two very different girls. Momoko is a self absorbed dreamer who fantasises about leaving her backwater home and living life in 18th century france. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by Harlequin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
Cannot rate Kamikaze Girls highly enough. It is a fun movie that will constantly surprise and amuse. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2010 by JAF
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