Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kamikaze Girls.

Kamikaze Girls or Shimotsuma Monogatari in Japanese tells the story of the unlikely friendship of Momoko, a devoted lolita and Ichiko, a yuki girl.

There are a few points that I like about this film, one of which is the way that they portray their lifestyles. Momoko lives in a land partly of fantasy, where she doesn`t need friends, being a lolita isn`t just a fashion statment it is her life. (Which is what its like for a lot of Lolitas) This is evident also when we see Momoko at school eatting lunch, she tells us `I only eat sweet things`. On the otherside of the scale we have Ichikio with her problems in the motorcycle gang.

Kamikaze girls in rural Japan, which is important to the development of the characters. Not all of Japan is like what you see on television or read in books, a large portion of it is still very tradional. Even though they have acess to Lolita magazines, animes and mangas, its not very common. This movie reminded me inparticular of a girl in my town who works in a fruit shop wearing full Sweet Lolita dress.

The movie also is a great example of the crazy Japanese humor that people rarely experience outside of animes, mangas and maybe the odd horror film.

You can watch the film below via you tube.

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