Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Kamikaze Girls rule!
My homie recently floated the theory that I am an Asianophile. I never would have guessed it, but maybe she's onto something. I mean, I am completely addicted to boba tea drinks. And most of my wardrobe consists of t-shirts with cute little Japanese pop art characters silk-screened upon the front. And now exhibit C for the prosecution: I totally dug the funky Japanese farce Kamikaze Girls, written and directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, that C-girl took me to see this week.
Based on the best-selling novel by cult writer Novala Takemoto entitled Shimotsuma Story, Kamikaze Girls tells the tale of a pretty young country girl obsessed with the big city/little girl fashion phenomenon called the Lolita look who crosses paths with a tough-talking biker (OK, scooter) chick. The two become, yes, unlikely compadres. The leading actresses, Kyoko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya (evidently pop and J-rock stars in Japan respectively), are hilarious, gorgeous and clearly enjoying the calvacade of silliness around them. It's worth the price of admission alone just to hear Tsuchiya's grunt her lines like a gruff, middle-aged Japanese man.
It's sweet, fluffy and light. Kinda like condensed-milk drizzled shaved ice with little red beans of comedy scattered throughout. A total girl power punch of fun and lollipop-colored eye candy with enough feminine pulchritude and pop culture winks to send thousands of comic book boys into fainting spells.
In summary: totally, totally kawaii, yo.