下妻物語/Kamikaze Girls

[Screenshot]Kamikaze Girls is one of those fun little odd-couple stories, with a young female Japanese subculture twist. It doesn’t have anything extraordinarily deep to say, although it does touch on some themes of friendship and growing up and exploring outside your own box. Mostly it just milks its character archetypes for all they’re worth, bouncing the naïve Momoko and snarly Ichigo off of each other in interesting combinations (note not apparent in the subtitles: “Momoko” means “peach”, and “Ichigo” means “strawberry”. Theme naming!), giving each the upper hand in their own comfort zone. It’s mostly just a fun ride through a somewhat caricatured presentation of the Lolita fashion and Yanki motorcycle subcultures.

Although it’s thematically nothing to write home about, I’m pleasantly surprised by the cinematography. It is adventurous without being pretentious, for the most part, making use of clever time-lapse and scene-transition mechanisms, and flashbacks arise in interesting and fun ways (one of them is an animated sequence, which is about as in-your-face as the cinematic techniques get).

It’s a fun story that clocks in at under 2 hours but still feels meaty, so I liked it a lot. The closest I would get to a substantive criticism is that Tsuchiya overacts Ichigo maybe just a little bit, with all the snarling and banging on tables and whatnot.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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