Kamikaze Girls

If Kamikaze Girls had been made in the United States, it would have been just another boring film aimed at teenagers, perhaps starring Lindsay Lohan and Hillary Duff as the lonely teens who forge an unlikely friendship; by the end of the film they would have put aside their differences, learned how alike they really are, and formed a band, putting aside their quarrels for the sake of pop music. Fortunately for us, Kamikaze Girls is a Japanese film, not an American one, and instead of another boring teen flick we get to see a this colorful, quirky, fun little film about two lonely teens in rural Japan.

It's true, the plot of Kamikaze Girls isn't compellingly original: an isolated teenage girl lives in a dreamworld until the arrival of another girl who masks her inner loneliness with a veneer of toughness (can you say Ghost World? I knew you could). Fortunately for filmgoers, Kamikaze Girls, imaginatively written and directed by Tetsuya Nakashima,  goes beyond its fairly simplistic plot by blending exaggeration, saturation, and a curious mix of Japanese pop culture and animation to create a film that is both fun and entertaining to watch.