LINDA LINDA LINDA
> Dir: Yamashita Nobuhiro
> 2005 / Color / 114 min. / 35mm
Show Daily: 630pm & 845pm
plus 4pm Sat/Sun
When a band in Shibazaki High School breaks up over "musical differences", the co-founder Kei decides to cobble together a scratch band of her own to compete in an inter-school music competition. She recruits Korean exchange student Son (Bae Du-Na, Barking Dogs Never Bite) as her new vocalist, unfazed by the fact that Son doesn’t yet speak Japanese, let alone know how to sing. They have just three days to master a set of songs by the Blue Hearts, Japan’s best-loved punk band of the 1980s ("Linda Linda Linda" was their greatest hit) and everything that can go wrong does. Armed with a score by ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and a guest appearance by the Ramones (really?), Linda Linda Linda crosses the molehills of high-school rivalries with the mountains of punk belligerence to produce a joyously entertaining movie. It’s also, by the way, the smartest response by far to the wave of enthusiasm for all things Korean that is currently gripping Japanese pop culture.
Added by Alter's Ego on December 31, 2006