alice (maetel9) wrote in uw,

Seattle, WA "Kamikaze Girls" showing

Shimotsuma Monogatari/Kamikaze Girls

Varsity Theatre
4329 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 781-5755

Saturday, Oct 15th


Kamikaze Girls is the latest pop-culture phenomenon to take Japan by storm. It began as a best-selling novel, "Shimotsuma Story"(English Title, "Kamikaze Girls"), by cult writer Novala Takemoto, whose empathy with social outsiders and decadent fashion sense has helped cultivate a devoted following among young women, particularly those in the "Lolita" fashion scene.

Momoko 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 hose. 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 of brand-name knock-off clothes (produced by her dad) for sale. She encounters a buyer named Ichiko, who happens to live in her neighborhood.

Super-rebel Ichiko is a "Yankee"-style member of the Ponytails motorbike gang, one of Ibaraki's "Wild speed tribes," whose teeth-rattling customized bikes are decked out with fiberglass shields and bannered backrests.

Somewhat against Momoko’s will, she and Ichiko slowly develop a strong friendship as they share their feelings on the odd goings-ons around them.
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