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Swing Girls (2004)

Suwingu gâruzu (original title)
A tale of delinquent and lazy school girls. In their efforts to cut remedial summer math class, they end up vitiating and replacing the schools brass band.

Director:

Shinobu Yaguchi

Writers:

Shinobu Yaguchi, Junko Yaguchi (contributing writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juri Ueno ... Tomoko Suzuki (Tenor Sax)
Yûta Hiraoka ... Takuo Nakamura (Piano)
Shihori Kanjiya ... Yoshie Saito (Trumpet)
Yuika Motokariya ... Kaori Sekiguchi (Trombone)
Yukari Toyoshima Yukari Toyoshima ... Naomi Tanaka (Drums)
Kana Sekine Kana Sekine ... Hiromi Watanabe
Asuka Asuka ... Chika Kubo
Fumiko Mizuta Fumiko Mizuta ... Yuka Yamamoto (Bass)
Chiyo Nakamura Chiyo Nakamura ... Emiko Okamura
Masae Nemoto Masae Nemoto ... Akemi Otsu
Madoka Matsuda Madoka Matsuda ... Yumiko Shimizu
Mutsumi Kanazaki Mutsumi Kanazaki ... Rie Ishikawa
Nagisa Abe Nagisa Abe ... Reiko Shimoda (Trumpet)
Misa Nagashima Misa Nagashima ... Misato Miyazaki
Eri Maehara Eri Maehara ... Kayo Yoshida
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Storyline

A bunch of lazy and unmotivated schoolgirls are thrown into the extracurricular music club of their school and not exactly voluntarily. They are trying to cut out the hard stuff - yes, mathematics - and become the replacement crew for the actual musicians in the school club, but slowly come into their own as they learn to handle the instruments and themselves better. Craziness and zaniness ensues, but how is the swing music delivery at the end? Written by aghaemi

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Girls meet Jazz!!!

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Music

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 September 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Swing Girls See more »

Filming Locations:

Yamagata, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY500,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,758,613
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All the music scores in the movie were actually performed by the actor and actresses themselves. They were not dubbed. See more »

Quotes

Nakamura, Yuta: [after being told by Sekiguchi that she used to collect matsutake mushrooms in grandpa's woods] Amazing, does your family own this whole forest?
Sekiguchi, Kaori: Nope.
Nakamura, Yuta: How far can we pick?
Sekiguchi, Kaori: How far?
Nakamura, Yuta: Don't these woods belong to your grandpa?
Sekiguchi, Kaori: No, they belong to my mother's friend's cousin's grandpa.
Nakamura, Yuta: So this grandpa isn't your grandpa?
Tanaka, Naomi: Japanese language can be so vague.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the characters from the movie lip-sync along with "Love" by Nat King Cole. See more »

Soundtracks

In the Mood
Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
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It won't win an academy award, but who cares?
11 December 2006 | by rajioSee all my reviews

"Swing Girls" is one of those films you sit down and watch after a stressful day at work. It is the story of a group of school girls who have obviously failed a subject and are forced to repeat it over their summer break. A fate worse than death...which is exactly what they think and after a series of unfortunate events, they get a chance to ditch the classes and fill in for the school brass band who have come down with a not so mysterious case of food poisoning. It's light hearted fun and if you can look past a bunch of 20 something young women playing 16 year old school girls, and not doing an all that a convincing job of it, you won't regret watching Swing Girls. No bad language, no sex, no violence, just a quirky teenage comedy.


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