On Our Screens: Kamikaze Girls (2004)

Movie: Kamikaze Girls

Year: 2004

Country: Japan

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima

Starring: Kyoko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya


Would you crave an overpriced Versace-cross-Universal Studio jacket that may have been manufactured in Dongguan, China?

High school student Momoko Ryugasaki obviously doesn’t.

But she is grateful to her father’s voluminous stock of counterfeit goods, which she sells to uninitiated customers before buying herself high-end Lolita-style fashions in downtown Tokyo.

It’s during a counterfeit sale that Momoko meets Ichiko Shirayuri, a wild delinquent female biker gang member who rides a scooter.

The pair soon develop an unusual but strong bond that leads them on a hilarious adventure to a remote Japanese town.

“Kamikaze Girls”, or better known as the “Shimotsuma Monogatari”, is a 2004 film directed by Tetsuya Nakashima and starring Kyoko Fukada (as Momoko) and Anna Tsuchiya.

The film is based on a namesake fiction by Novala Takemoto, who happens to be a fashion designer apart from a novelist.

“Kamikaze Girls” is fun to watch, especially if you appreciate incongruous or nonsensical humour, or wish to take a peek into a subculture of modern Japan  . . . that’s not Otaku or porn video.


Rating (one to five whistles, five being the best): Three and a half whistles


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