On Friday, August 14, 2009 at 8:15pm in the San Francisco Japantown Peace Plaza, a special, free, outdoor screening of Tetsuya Nakashima's fun and wacky film KAMIKAZE GIRLS.
The screening is presented in association with Viz Communications, and celebrates the arrival of Viz's NEW PEOPLE (1762 Post Street) to San Francisco, a three story Japanese retail and entertainment center, located in the heart of Japantown. NEW PEOPLE will have its grand opening on Saturday, August 15, 2009. For details on the opening, visit: www.newpeopleworld.com.
Dir. Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan, 2004, 103mins, Japanese with English subtitles
Friday, August 14, 2009 8:15pm
Early arrival highly suggested. Seating is first-come, first-served.
One of the best-reviewed Japanese films to be released in the US in recent years, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, directed by Tetsuya Nakashima offers a candy-colored glimpse into Japanese "Lolita" pop culture, and the outlandish rococo fashion stylings and lifestyle of a young Japanese woman.
Called a "yummy Japanese confection" by the New York Times, KAMIKAZE GIRLS tells the story of Momoko (Kyoko Fukada), who yearns to live in 18-century Versailles than in her back-country hometown of Shimotsuma, heartland of the yakuza. To escape, she loses herself in the dreamy, doll-like fashions of the "Lolita" scene. Her idol is Akinori Isobe, chief designer of Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, her favorite Lolita design house. She travels all the way to Tokyo to shop at their store.
One languid summer, to help fund her expensive hobby, Momoko runs a classified ad for brand-name knock-off clothes for sale. She encounters a buyer named Ichigo (Anna Tsuchiya), super-rebel member of the Ponytails motorbike gang. Somewhat against Momoko's will, she and Ichigo slowly develop a strong friendship as they share their feelings on the odd goings-ons around them.
Added by FullCalendar on July 28, 2009