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Kamikaze Girls (2004)

Shimotsuma monogatari (original title)
Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town.

Director:

Tetsuya Nakashima

Writers:

Nobara Takemoto (novel), Tetsuya Nakashima (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyoko Fukada ... Momoko Ryugasaki
Anna Tsuchiya ... Ichigo Shirayuri
Hiroyuki Miyasako Hiroyuki Miyasako ... Momoko's Father
Sadao Abe Sadao Abe ... Ryuji 'the Unicorn' / Doctor
Eiko Koike Eiko Koike ... Akimi
Shin Yazawa Shin Yazawa ... Miko
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda ... Yakuza Boss
Kirin Kiki ... Momoko's Grandmother
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ... Grocery Store Manager
Katsuhisa Namase ... Pachinko Parlor Manager
Ryôko Shinohara ... Momoko's Mother
Yoshinori Okada ... Baby, 'The Stars Shine Bright' Owner
Kanako Irie Kanako Irie
Haruo Mizuno Haruo Mizuno ... Self
Yûichi Kimura Yûichi Kimura ... Yakuza
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Storyline

Momoko Ryugasaki is the daughter of a smalltime gangster that forges Versace brand and a lowlife woman. Momoko is smitten by the Rococo period and dresses in a Lolita style, with frilly dresses and embroidery bonnet. She is raised by her father since her mother divorced him to marry her gynecologist, and he has taught her how to perfectly embroider. When Mr. Ryugasaki includes the Universal Studios brand in his products, he is forced to move to the rural Shimotsuma with Momoko to live in the house of her grandmother. Momoko decides to sell her collection of forged Versace and Universal Studios to make money to buy her expensive clothing. The rebel "yanki" Ichigo Shirayuri visits Momoko to buy clothes and soon they begin the most unlikely friendship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Comedy

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Official Sites:

CIPA [France] | Official Site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | French | English

Release Date:

29 May 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kamikaze Girls See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,795, 11 September 2005

Gross USA:

$34,424

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,290,748
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The fashion company featured in the film, BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT, is an actual Lolita dress company based in the Shibuya neighborhood of Tokyo. See more »

Quotes

Momoko Ryugasaki: [Repeated line] She spat!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film, Momoko and Ichigo pose together in a photo booth. See more »

Connections

References Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973) See more »

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Amelie meets Thelma & Louise meets Excel Saga
25 December 2004 | by blindgSee all my reviews

Simply absurd, imaginative, unreal. A naive Kyoko Fukada in Lolita shape, fan of embroidery and Rococò and its fabulous lacy dresses , meets a bad-to-the-bone female thug that will change her life. The story is the quintessence of pop culture's exaltation, a movie so coloured that makes Cutie Honey a faded charcoal, a demential opera as much as Excel Saga, a reflection on the true importance of friends and dears.

Kyoko Fukada's acting is perfect, she makes what she does better: an ingenuous little girl. Anna Tsuchiya is a very talented actress, can't wait to see her on the new Katsushito Ishii..


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