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I'm Posting a Japanese Film named "Kamikaze Girls". Hope you Enjoy! - Jan 02 2015, 10:27 AM

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I'm posting one of my favourite movies.
It's a Japanese movie named "Kamikaze Girls".
This movie portraits a few of youth subcultures in Japan.
I have been deeply into one of them (smile) and I bet you'll see what that is :)
There are three main characters in the film: Momoko, Ichiko, and Akimi.
I would say I am mix of all three characters when it comes to attitudes.

I would say I'm closest to Momoko among all three though, in terms of the way I perceive the world and my attitude towards life:
I stand up for myself.
I follow only my own rules.

Even the environment Momoko grows in is very similar to mine and the child as Momoko in the film is exactly me of a child version.
I also own a couple of dresses from "Baby, the Stars Shine Bright" (The shop is located in Shibuya, Tokyo.) and other Lolita dresses.
I still keep collecting these dresses and Victorian dolls.
One of my favourite things to do is going for a cup of tea and a piece of cake in my dresses on my days off.
Just like Momoko, I'm not interested in boys or sex and enjoy focusing on my own things to do.
Momoko is more into Rococo era, but I'm more into Victorian era.

Kamikaze Girls
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kamikaze Girls

Cover from the English paperback version of the Kamikaze Girls novel
(Shimotsuma Monogatari)
Genre Comedy
Light novel
Written by Novala Takemoto
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher VIZ Media
Published September 2002[1]
Live-action film
Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima
Written by Tetsuya Nakashima
Music by Yoko Kanno[2]
Released 13 May 2004[3]
Runtime 102 minutes
Written by Yukio Kanesada
Novala Takemoto
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher VIZ Media
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Betsucomi
Original run June 11, 2004 – ongoing
Volumes 1
Anime and Manga portal
Kamikaze Girls, originally released in Japan as Shimotsuma Story–Yankee Girl & Lolita Girl[4][5] (下妻物語――ヤンキーちゃんとロリータちゃん Shimotsuma Monogatari-Yanki-chan to Rorita-chan?), is a 2002 light novel written by Novala Takemoto. It has been adapted into a manga and film.

Kamikaze Girls centers on two students, Momoko Ryugasaki (Kyoko Fukada) and Ichigo "Ichiko" Shirayuri (Anna Tsuchiya), who are from completely different backgrounds: one is a Lolita girl, the other, her antithesis, a Yankī. The story showcases their friendship.

The movie was released on DVD in the United States in January 2006 under the title Kamikaze Girls. The movie was filmed in the town of Shimotsuma, in the Ibaraki Prefecture in Eastern Japan. The movie premiered in 2004. The U.S. DVD has English subtitles hardcoded and the original Japanese vocals and musical score. The DVD extras include the original Japanese movie trailers, an interview with each of the movie's two stars, along with a music video by Anna Tsuchiya. A Blu-ray Disc of the film with optional English subtitles, the same extras and the short film Birth of Unicorn Ryuji was released in the United Kingdom by Third Window Films in February 2010.[2]

A manga based on the book was also created by Yukio Kanesada. It was published in English by Viz. A preview of the manga was in the November 2005 issue of Shojo Beat.

Contents [hide]
1 Novel
2 Film
2.1 Plot
2.2 Credits
3 Manga
4 Notes
5 References
6 External links
This section may be confusing or unclear to readers. (May 2011)
The novel Shimotsuma Story has more or less the same plot of the movie, but with much more detail.

The book begins with Momoko talking about her life as a Lolita living in a small town in the Japanese countryside. She is the only Lolita in her town and has no friends, but she doesn't care and believes that her Lolita clothes are all she needs to make her happy. But when she runs out of money, she needs to find a way to get her fix of Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, her favorite clothing boutique. She decides to sell some of her father's old bootleg 'Versach' clothes. When Ichiko, a member of an all-girl biker gang finds out about the bootleg apparel, she decides to take a look and is easily impressed with them. Soon she shows up at Momoko's house almost daily to buy stuff for the members of her gang.

The rest of the book goes with the movie fairly well until it comes time for Momoko to show Isobe, the designer for Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, the work she did on the dress he needed embroidered. She arrives on time and everyone loves her work, but when it comes time for the photo shoot, there is an accident and the model can not do the shoot. Being the only person there the right size to wear the dress, Ichigo hesitantly agrees to model even though she hates Lolita fashion.

When the members of Ichigo's biker gang find out about her modeling, they are enraged and decide to throw her out of the gang. They plan to challenge her, which means beating her up very badly. Momoko finds out about the challenge and goes to Ichigo's aid. After accidentally scaring the gang out of their minds, Momoko is considered the winner and saves Ichigo, who she secretly believes to be the best friend she could ever have.

The movie begins with a flash forward of Momoko getting hit by a car while driving a scooter, then shifts to the past to introduce her background and early life.

Momoko, who was born near Kobe, wishes that she had been born in Rococo-era France. Her father, a former small-time gangster, was involved in selling fake brand name clothing. After making a fake "double-brand" he finds himself in trouble with Universal Studios, Versace, and the mob, and so he and Momoko move to his mother's house in the rural town of Shimotsuma.

Momoko must go to Tokyo to shop for her clothes, but constantly finds herself short of money for the expensive trip and the pricey clothes she wants to buy. She decides to sell some of her father's fake Versace products, and meets Ichigo, who answers an advertisement she has placed about selling the clothes. Ichigo is a racy, boyish type who belongs to an all-girl bōsōzoku (motorcycle gang). Gradually, the unlikely pair become friends.

Soon Ichigo needs Momoko's help. Akimi, the leader of Ichigo's gang, is leaving, and as a tribute Ichigo plans to have her coat embroidered. She has heard that there is a legendary embroiderer in Tokyo named Emma (sometimes translated as M.R.) and she persuades Momoko to go there with her.

Although they never find the embroiderer, they do stop at Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, the shop where Momoko buys her frilly Lolita dresses. An assistant notices the beautiful embroidery Momoko has stitched on her bonnet and calls the designer himself to come to look at it. Later in the film, the designer asks Momoko to embroider a sample garment which accidentally came back plain.

Back in Shimotsuma, after an argument, Momoko offers to stitch the embroidery on Ichigo's coat, which she does with great skill.

The final scenes of the film concern a fight between Ichigo and the members of several all-girl motorbike gangs. It is revealed that the crash at the start of the movie occurred when Momoko was rushing to help Ichigo. Momoko does not die, but instead challenges the entire motorbike gang and wins, rescuing Ichigo.

Momoko Ryugasaki (竜ヶ崎桃子 Ryūgasaki Momoko?) - Kyoko Fukada (Young Momoko Ryugasaki: Mayuko Fukuda)
Ichigo Shirayuri (白百合イチゴ Shirayuri Ichigo?) - Anna Tsuchiya
Dame Oyaji (Momoko's father) - Hiroyuki Miyasako
Momoko's mother (Saionji Midori) - Ryoko Shinohara
"Unicorn" Ryuji (一角獣の龍二 Ikkakujū no Ryūji?) - Sadao Abe
Momoko's grandmother - Kirin Kiki
Akimi (亜樹美?) - Eiko Koike
Miko (ミコ?) - Shin Yazawa
Akinori Isobe (磯部明徳 Isobe Akinori?) - Yoshinori Okada
Yakuza boss - Hirotaro Honda
Grocery store manager - Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
Pachinko Parlor manager - Katsuhisa Namase
Director - Tetsuya Nakashima
Director of Photography - Shoichi Ato
Production Designer - Towako Kuwashima
Animation - Yojiro Nishimura (Studio 4°C)
Music - Yoko Kanno
The manga version of Kamikaze Girls comprises only one volume and is a condensed version of the novel. The main part of the manga only takes up about half of the book, and afterward is a bonus story where Ichigo falls in love with the twin brother of the guy she fell in love with in the novel.

The art for the Kamikaze Girls manga was done by Yukio Kanesada.

Viz Media licensed the manga for an English-language release in North America and published it on February 7, 2006.[6]

There is a sequel to the original Shimotsuma Monogatari novel, titled Shimotsuma Story End – Yanki-chan and Lolita-chan and the Murder Case (下妻物語・完―ヤンキーちゃんとロリータちゃんと殺人事件 Shimotsuma Monogatari Kan – Yankii-chan to Lolita-chan to Satsujinjiken?).
The movie's soundtrack was composed by Yoko Kanno, more famous for her scores of anime series and movies.
The opening and ending theme songs of the movie were the A- and B-sides of Tommy heavenly6's first single "Hey My Friend".
Ichigo's scooter is a customized 1985–86 Honda Lead 50 cc, most likely the SS or R version. This scooter line was briefly available in the USA as the Aero, of which the Aero 80 bears the closest resemblance. The Lead line of scooters has changed over time and is still widely ridden worldwide.
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Jump up ^ "Shimotsuma monogatari (2004) release dates". IMDb. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
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Jump up ^ "Kamikaze Girls". Viz Media. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
External links[edit]
(Japanese) Official website
(English) Kamikaze Girls at the Internet Movie Database
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