Girls Meet Jazz
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