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Kamikaze Girls (2004)
a.k.a. Shimotsuma Story:
Yanki Girl & Lolita Girl
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A.K.A.: Shimotsuma Story - Yanki Girl
            and Lolita Girl
            Shimotsuma Monogatari:
            Yanki-chan to Rorita-chan
DIRECTOR: Tetsuya Nakashima
LANGUAGE: Japanese
ASPECT RATIO: Cinemascope 2.35:1
DURATION: 102 mins

Kamikaze Girls, originally released in Japan as a 2002 light novel written by Novala Takemoto titled Shimotsuma Story Yanki Girl & Lolita Girl (下妻物語――ヤンキーちゃんとロリータちゃん Shimotsuma Monogatari - Yanki-chan to Rorita-chan).

It has since been adapted into both a manga and a feature film.

Kamikaze Girls centers around two students, Momoko Ryugasaki (Kyoko Fukada) and Ichigo "Ichiko" Shirayuri (Anna Tsuchiya), who are from completely different backgrounds: one is a Lolita girl, the other, her antithesis, a Yankī, and the story revolves around their unlikely friendship.

'I can take you anwhere but out...'

The final scenes of the film concern a fight between Ichiko and the members of several all-girl Yankī and Bōsōzoku gangs.   It is revealed that the crash at the start of the movie occurred when Momoko was rushing to help Ichiko.   Momoko does not die, but instead challenges the entire motorbike gang and wins, rescuing Ichiko.

'You bitches have really pissed me off...'

The movie was released on DVD in the United States in January 2006 under the title Kamikaze Girls.   The U.S. DVD has English subtitles hardcoded and the original Japanese vocals and musical score.   The DVD extras include the original Japanese movie trailers, an interview with each of the movie's two stars, along with a music video by Anna Tsuchiya.

A Blu-ray Disc of the film with optional English subtitles, the same extras and the short film Birth of Unicorn Ryuji was released in the United Kingdom by Third Window Films in February 2010.

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The international trailer for 'Kamikaze Girls'
(下妻物語 Shimotsuma Monogatari, "Shimotsuma Story"),
a 2002 film adapted from the popular light novel, and subsequent manga, Shimotsuma Monogatari.
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A manga based on the book was also created by Yukio Kanesada.   It was published in English by Viz.   A preview of the manga was in the November 2005 issue of Shojo Beat.


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