Kamikaze Girls
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Momoko is a rococo Lolita whose idyllic dreams of Versailles clash sharply with her isolated existence in the Ibaraki hinterlands. When a chance encounter brings Momoko together with head-butting biker chick Ichiko, the quest for a mysterious embroiderer sets the unlikely friends, played by J-Pop stars Kyoko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya, off on an explosive, pachinko-studded adventure.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Older audiences may be required to get back in touch with their adolescent appetites for garish decor."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"As exciting for its beautifully specific and honest portrayal of teenage girls and their friendships as it is for its dazzling visual and narrative style."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"An inventive bittersweet celebration of Japanese youth culture."
‑ Holly Grigg-Spall, Film4
"Nakashima never allows the story to set foot in any kind of reality, and keeps the comic book panels flashing by."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"What the film does say, with infectious exuberance, is that in a world in which shopping trumps all, it's so much nicer to go with a friend."
‑ , Los Angeles Daily News
"Kamikaze Girls, while being a silly, freewheeling, candy-colored lollapalooza, is also a heartfelt tale of friendship."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"For this viewer, the climactic scooter-gang rumble, heavy on plot twists and empowerment speeches, felt eternal, but for many, the happy silliness of the film's first half should carry the day."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"...this pop-culture bouillabaisse...is so wacky and fast-paced that it's hard to reconstruct much of it 24 hours later. While it's going down, however, it's always diverting and occasionally hilarious."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"The perfect cup of bubble tea for those struggling with philosophical issues such as 'What is happiness? Making clothes or wearing them?'"
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Wildly imaginative, visually manic."
‑ , E! Online
"Kamikaze Girls has a glazed, comic-book look and absurd tone that is initially enjoyable but proves wearing."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"This droll Japanese import puts the predictable banality of most Hollywood teen flicks to shame."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"At least you can see why Momoko is discontent. She's a fun, interesting character who lacks enough to do."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Nakashima vividly captures the zeitgeist of today's Japanese youth culture, obsessed with fashion, pachinko games and speedy pop culture."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Cartoony slapstick, disgusting scenes involving flatulence and vomit, and too many characters who communicate everything at a shrill yell."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily
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