Thelma and Louise
meets Cutie Honey
in Kamikaze Girls
, writer/director Nakashima Tetsuya's winning big screen adaptation of Takemoto Novala's cult classic novel Shimotsuma Monogatari
. This quirky tale of teenage rebellion that has gone on to become a surprise hit with audiences not only in Japan, but around the world!
This wildly imaginative film depicts the peculiar friendship between two very different young women. First up, there's Ryugasaki Momoko (Fukada Kyoko from The Ring 2 and Dolls), a frustrated country girl, who finds escape from her dreary existence by fantasizing about 18th century France and dressing up in frilly baby-doll dresses, complete with pink bonnets and matching parasols. However, her prim and proper fantasy world is quickly challenged by the dramatic arrival of a new girl in town, the tough-as-nails biker chick, Shirayuri Ichiko (Tsuchiya Anna). This wild child with a seemingly permanent snarl on her face initially clashes with the girly Momoko, but eventually, this unlikely duo form an uneasy alliance, deciding to head out on a journey in search of a legendary embroiderer. Their daring quest is fraught with danger at every turn, but the two venture onward, braving the surreal, candy-colored bubble gum world that awaits them!
While making the rounds on the festival circuit, Kamikaze Girls has racked up several awards and nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Nakashima Tetsuya), Best Actress (Fukada Kyoko), and Best Supporting Actress (Tsuchiya Anna) at the Yokohama Movie Awards and numerous other trophies from the Blue Ribbon Awards, Hochi Film Awards, Kinema Jumpo Awards, and Mainichi Film Concours. Clearly, this film is something special and definitely has to be seen to be believed, so be sure to check out one of the most irreverent examples of girl power every brought to the silver screen!