Kamikaze Girls (2004)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
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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.
May 13, 2004 Wide
Jan 10, 2006
Toho Company Ltd. - Official Site
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Older audiences may be required to get back in touch with their adolescent appetites for garish decor.
Kamikaze Girls, while being a silly, freewheeling, candy-colored lollapalooza, is also a heartfelt tale of friendship.
Kamikaze Girls has a glazed, comic-book look and absurd tone that is initially enjoyable but proves wearing.
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.
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.
This droll Japanese import puts the predictable banality of most Hollywood teen flicks to shame.
...this pop-culture bouillabaisse...is 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.
At least you can see why Momoko is discontent. She's a fun, interesting character who lacks enough to do.
Nakashima never allows the story to set foot in any kind of reality, and keeps the comic book panels flashing by.
The perfect cup of bubble tea for those struggling with philosophical issues such as 'What is happiness? Making clothes or wearing them?'
Nakashima vividly captures the zeitgeist of today's Japanese youth culture, obsessed with fashion, pachinko games and speedy pop culture.
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.
Cartoony slapstick, disgusting scenes involving flatulence and vomit, and too many characters who communicate everything at a shrill yell.
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