Kamikaze Girls

Kamikaze Girls (2004)

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Kyoko Fukada plays Momoko who yearns to be part of the Rococo aristocracy. A shame then, as she was born two centuries too late. Ardent loner Momoko is born into the Yakuza heart-land. She feels, how ever, more at home in Versaille than her distant home-town of Shimotsuma, Ibaraki. Her appetite for the lavish doll-like fashion known to its disciples as the "Lolita" look is insatiable.
The uber-rebel Ichiko, played by model read moreand cult J-rock icon Anna Tsuchiya, is a Bosozoku motor-cycle-gang member. On a fifty C.C. scooter. Laugh at your own risk before she knocks your teeth out. Her Pony-tails gang is one of Ibaraki's "wild speed tribes", whose teeth-rattling customized bikes are decked out with their fibreglass shields and bannered back rests. She, too, is decked out in her elaborately decorated Tokkofuku boiler-suits.
In a world is as colourful as Momoko's sweet-filled lunch-box, the path of these two incongruous girls cross one languid summer. Asses are kicked (and garments embroidered). KAMIKAZE GIRLS: where Rameau meets the Japanese underbelly on the summery streets of Tokyo. Meet some different Girls on a Motor-cycle that would make The Bride blush...

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Jul 13, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Kamikaze Girls is a classic for yankee fans. I first caught a glimpse of it when I was getting into Anna Tsuchiya's music and thought I would try it out. I waited two year and I finally watched it and I must say, best Yankee movie ever.

The story is simple and funny. Two girls with polar opposite personalities meet each other and slowly become friends as they face problems in modern read more day Japan. Nothing special really, but it leaves you with a smile on your face.

The acting was okay. This is my first time seeing Anna Tsuchiya act and she is a natural, but there was some flaws in her performance. However I loved Ichigo as a character. She acted tough, but you can see the real her. This was also my first time seeing Fukada Kyoko in a role as well and she was okay, but I feel that she probably has more talent. Her character Momoko is the realist even to the point it is cruel. I respected her character even when I didn't see eye to eye.

The music was great and it match the movie vibe. Overall, good movie. I would definitely watch it again. Any fans of Yankee dramas she see this. There is no turf wars, but it is still cool.
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Apr 9, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
At first I'll say: this is my first review and I'm not good at writing these...

I've watched this movie two times and I loved it on both times. It's my favorite movie. Well one of my favorite movies. Anyway first time watching this movie I laughed my ass off all the time starting from the first seconds. Same with second time.

This is a typical Japanese movie with a silly story read more and not-so-good-but-not-bad-either acting, but isn't that the reason why we love Japanese movies/dramas? For me it is.

The chemistry between two main actresses is good. Not the best but it's good. I love the cast. Fukada Kyoko is an amazing actress but her acting wasn't the best in this movie...

Okay I'm making no sense anymore...

Watch the movie and see if you'll like it or not.
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    Sophi-chan Jun 17, 2015

    I loved this movie! I watched it because of Anna Tsuchiya, but enjoyed all the movie, especially the ending. I usually don't like japanese movies so much because of the "comedy". Sometimes they aren't funny at all, but this movie is good in other aspects, such as the good development of the friendship between the two main actresses. If you like yankee movies, it's worth watching.

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    Yume Aug 3, 2014

    This was funny ^___^ i enjoyed it, and her dresses and clothes are sooooo kawaii!!! :3

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    bloody_Venus55 Jul 20, 2013

    Anna Tsuchiya you're the reason that's why i watch this movie you're acting in this movie is so over the top performance hope that you'll comeback and make more movies that we can all remember.

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    hela Jul 21, 2012

    I must admit that the first time I watched this, I stopped after 5 minutes. I thought it was so stupid! But then I decided to give it another try (for the sake of Kyoko-chan) and it turned out to be really good! Some really hilarious moments, the music was also selected very well and under the influence of this flick, I signed up for dressmaking classes!!(^o^)

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    TsuyuSama Apr 30, 2012

    I think she was being objective in the ratings ^^

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    Hugz_4_mE Mar 27, 2012

    hava-rava your review kinda confuse me a bit.. you gave the movie a low rate especially the acting/cast part ..but you mention in ur review that you like the acting from both leads...


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    May 29, 2004
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    1 hr. 42 min.


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