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Kamikaze Girls

Kamikaze Girls (2004)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

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Momoko is a rococo Lolita whose idyllic dreams of Versailles clash sharply with her isolated existence in the Ibaraki hinterlands. When a chance encounter brings Momoko together with head-butting biker chick Ichiko, the quest for a mysterious embroiderer sets the unlikely friends, played by J-Pop stars Kyoko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya, off on an explosive, pachinko-studded adventure.


Sports & Fitness, Comedy

Tetsuya Nakashima

Jan 10, 2006

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (11) | DVD (3)

Older audiences may be required to get back in touch with their adolescent appetites for garish decor.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Kamikaze Girls, while being a silly, freewheeling, candy-colored lollapalooza, is also a heartfelt tale of friendship.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Kamikaze Girls has a glazed, comic-book look and absurd tone that is initially enjoyable but proves wearing.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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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.

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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For this viewer, the climactic scooter-gang rumble, heavy on plot twists and empowerment speeches, felt eternal, but for many, the happy silliness of the film's first half should carry the day.

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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This droll Japanese import puts the predictable banality of most Hollywood teen flicks to shame.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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An inventive bittersweet celebration of Japanese youth culture.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

...this pop-culture so wacky and fast-paced that it's hard to reconstruct much of it 24 hours later. While it's going down, however, it's always diverting and occasionally hilarious.

December 15, 2005

At least you can see why Momoko is discontent. She's a fun, interesting character who lacks enough to do.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Nakashima never allows the story to set foot in any kind of reality, and keeps the comic book panels flashing by.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The perfect cup of bubble tea for those struggling with philosophical issues such as 'What is happiness? Making clothes or wearing them?'

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Nakashima vividly captures the zeitgeist of today's Japanese youth culture, obsessed with fashion, pachinko games and speedy pop culture.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

What the film does say, with infectious exuberance, is that in a world in which shopping trumps all, it's so much nicer to go with a friend.

September 16, 2005
Los Angeles Daily News

Wildly imaginative, visually manic.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Cartoony slapstick, disgusting scenes involving flatulence and vomit, and too many characters who communicate everything at a shrill yell.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily
Fantastica Daily

Fruity and frankly forgettable.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...a super-stylized, fast-paced romp. Sharp-wittedly reflexive, culturally specific, and unabashedly fun...

September 8, 2005 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Kamikaze Girls

Based off of a novel by Novala Takemoto, Tetsuya Nakashima's Kamikaze Girls is a Japanese comedy that comes full of style.At first glance, this picture looks like a 1 hour 40 minute girlish movie. Sure, it does have elements of that, but there is much more to the film that makes it watchable by guys and girls alike. The first 15 minutes throws everything on the floor and lays it out just as fast. The pacing is frantic, yet manageable, as the lead character, Momoko, builds up her story. Gradually things settle down, just a bit, as the main plot takes off.The story of two unlikely friends is good on its own, but Nakashima's directing is absolutely worthy of note. He knows what he wants out of every scene and he gets it. Scene transitions, quirky dialogue, and colorful settings light up the film from beginning to end.Both the beautiful Kyoko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya put on stellar performances and they have no problem putting this film on their shoulders. No wonder this film is as good as it is. The supporting cast is also great, despite being overshadowed by the two leads.Kamikaze Girls is a director's dream that shines on many levels. It is a highlight in Japanese movie making.
September 2, 2010
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

So cute and funny. Watched this after Whip It, and they actually go really well together! Both about girl power, both about social minorities, and both move fast and don't really worry too much about a plot. Liked it a lot.
February 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

Sometimes animated, sometimes strange, but always entertaining, it's an eccentric film about teens that manages to be surreal, dramatic, and comedic all at the same time.

In the end, I can't say if there was anything too deep or substantial about Kamikaze Girls. It's a highly entertaining film with great comedy, but maybe its problem is that it never found much time for anything more in-between the laughs, but damn it looks great.
December 1, 2008
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

A Japanese cross between Amelie and Ghost World. It's hyperactive and never gives you a chance to rest. Switching from sped up back story and cartoon stories etc. The visuals are fantastic with the colours really being brought out. Based on a cult novel you should also buy. Hilarious in parts and a tale of true friendship. The performances are OTT and fit the wacky characters perfectly. Despite the fast frenetic style, it isn't headache inducing. So sit back and it's over in a flash ready for another viewing. Whoopee.
September 14, 2006

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