Title: Shimotsuma Monogatari
Also known as: Kamikaze Girls
Release date: 2004
Genre: Slice of life
Cast: Fukada Kyoko, Anna Tsuchiya
Plot: Momoko (Fukada) is a Lolita girl. Ichiko (Tsuchiya) is a delinquent. This is the story of their friendship.
What is good: The cinematography is beautiful.
What is bad: Tsuchicya’s acting seems very forced and fake.
Letter rating: C
Overall: As a general rule, I’m excited to see live action Japanese movies get licensed in the United States. Unfortunately, for every Death Note, there’s a Kamikaze Girls. The movie isn’t completely awful. I did manage to get through it entirely. However, it is dragged out and dull. While you would like the characters to better themselves, you don’t really care about them and, for the most part, you’d prefer if they just left each other alone for once. The ending is very sweet…it just seems to take forever to get there.