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Girls Meet Jazz [Jul. 27th, 2006|04:58 pm]
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Goddamn I love this movie, seriously, I...LOVE...THIS...MOVIE. I love this movie so much i'd marry it. I'd marry it and bear it's children. There's just too many things that this movie does right, the story, the music, the casting. And the one small, very small gripe I have with it, at the end of the day I could care less about because to me this movie does everything else right in my eyes.

Alot of high praise right? Don't get me wrong i'm not saying that I feel that this is the greatest movie ever made or had the best acting, or best cinematography or directing but it has been a long while since i've watched a movie that has made me smile and laugh out loud as much as Swing Girls has. The closest being Kamikaze Girls, which I think is deserves it's respect as well but i'll save that review for another day. I'm actually embarrased to say how many times i've watched Swing Girls since I got it. C'mon, it's Japanese girls in Japanese school uniforms playing Jazz. What more could you ask for? Answer: Nothing.

*My review is based on my Region 3(cheaper) Korean version of this film. If you buy the Region 2 original Japanese version of this movie, it's gonna run up to $50.00!

The Extras DVD that comes with the Korean version is awesome and has a behind the scenes look at how the girls learned how to play the instruments, it also has interviews(which you can't understand unless you can understand Japanese or read Korean subtitles) with the actors and actresses and the people responsible for this movie.

Review from Yesasia :

"Get ready to swing! From the makers of Shall We Dance? and Waterboys comes Swing Girls, an inspirational zero-to-hero tale about a group of girls who find their rhythm - and then some! Tomoko (Ueno Juri) leads a group of bored girls stuck in remedial summer math class, who decide to ditch their boring teacher (Takenaka Naoto) to deliver lunches to the school brass band.

But the girls' extreme laziness causes the lunches to spoil, and soon nearly the entire brass band gets sick. The remaining member is Takuo (Hiraoka Yuto), who recruits Tomoko's classmate Sekiguchi (Motokariya Yuika) into the band, even though Sekiguchi's musical talents are entirely in question. But Tomoko and the other girls soon follow, partly to get out of math class, and partly because it's their fault that the entire band got sick in the first place! But there's a catch: nobody knows how to play a wind or brass instrument, much to the dismay of Takuo, who proposes that the girls play swing band jazz - and take their act all the way to a battle-of-the-bands finale! Will the girls find a way to swing like tested jazz musicians, or will they discover that maybe math isn't so bad?"

Girls of Swing Girls

[User Picture]From: ahmuno
2006-07-28 01:47 am (UTC)


damn dude! Long time no hear! Where the hell have you been?!

that sounds like a great movie btw, i'm gonna put it in my netflix que if possible
[User Picture]From: standing8
2006-07-28 02:10 am (UTC)


Hey, long time huh? Nice to hear from a familiar name. I've had a few people from here emailing me asking where i've been. I don't have any real answer except that procastination is my worst enemy. I was gonna start posting a year since my last post but that didn't pan out. I'm gonna try to post again regularly cause I miss it and i'm thinking of moving to Blogger, the thing is they don't have a sense of community like LJ does. I don't know.

Thanks for replying, it's always very much appreciated. Believe that.

[User Picture]From: ahmuno
2006-07-28 04:13 am (UTC)


i know for sure what that's like. Procrastination is a BITCH. I've had the worst time trying to maintain my livejournal but lately it's been a little easier as i've been putting down entries day after day. Funny thing is, i've been thinking about getting a page at too. I don't really want to mess around with anything else right now though consider it's just what you said. There's no real community feel anywhere else.

it's good to hear from you again man. I haven't really been posting on that Samurai Champloo website as of late though. I guess i've gotten lazy with it. Just keep checking back in the lj world every now and then
[User Picture]From: standing8
2006-07-28 01:58 pm (UTC)


Holy Shit! I forgot about Wotc. That site kept going in board form for a good few months but I checked like a month ago and couldnt find it. I loved that place, I enjoyed being a mod there. That place had such potential and had so many great posters and members. Sad really. ahmuno, what was your name on there again? I was S8C.

Oh and about Swing Girls, it's not released here so you can't netflix it. They only have Region 2 and 3 versions which you need an all region DVD player to watch(love mine). But they do have a vcd version but the quality is crap. I'm sure you can find a bootleg on ebay though. I don't know why these feel good movies just get to me.
[User Picture]From: 6alpha6omega6
2006-07-28 02:46 am (UTC)


Haven't heard from you in ages man, how have you been?

Seeing the poster from that movie reminded me of my high school years in japan
[User Picture]From: standing8
2006-07-28 01:47 pm (UTC)


Hey! I've been alright, just you know. Trying to get back into this posting every week thing. I miss it alot but it was alot of work before. Cause before I never once posted like I did this and this today or had this and this for dinner last night. That's not my posting style, and I don't think my life is exciting enough for people to hear about. So I said would write something every week like an opinion piece or review or list or whatever and it's tough coming up with ideas sometimes and not do the same type of post every week. I would spend alot of time revising and re-writing(wait, that's the same thing) and whatnot.

We'll give it another shot.

*crosses fingers*

Nice to hear from you alpha.
From: howwebullshit
2006-07-28 04:55 am (UTC)


aha! it was the little nudge I sent you, wasn't it?

well hot shit, man
[User Picture]From: standing8
2006-07-28 01:52 pm (UTC)


There's the person that nudged me! Yes it was your nudge that destroyed my procastination! Thank you. The best thing is coming back and recognizing all the names. That's cool that all of you still post, I was afraid that no one would be here anymore and moved on to Myspace.

How have you been? I hope all is well. I dig your avatgar with the guy with the handlebar moustache. I really think that's gonna be in next year(i'm starting to grow mine as we speak).
From: howwebullshit
2006-07-28 04:00 pm (UTC)


I'm working on it too... 3 weeks in and it's just peach fuzz :O

someday, though. I'll probably just go with the stick-on for now (Tom Tucker style)
[User Picture]From: dularigandhi
2006-07-31 01:26 pm (UTC)


oooooooh shit! welcome back, homie.
[User Picture]From: standing8
2006-08-03 11:00 pm (UTC)


What up?! How have you been? Thanks for the welcome!
[User Picture]From: dularigandhi
2006-08-04 06:20 pm (UTC)


I've been good - working hard, hating the man. I missed your posts, I''m glad you're back!