Only three days before their high school festival, guitarist Kei (Yu Kashii), drummer Kyoto (Aki Maeda of Battle Royale), and bassist Nozumi (Shiori Sekine) are forced to recruit a new lead vocalist for their band. They choose Korean exchange student Son (Doona Bae of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), though her comprehension of Japanese is a bit rough! It's a race against time as the group struggles to learn three tunes for the festival's rock concertincluding a classic '80s punk-pop song by the Japanese group The Blue Hearts called "Linda Linda Linda"...]]>
Linda Linda Linda
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What's it about? A Japanese high school girl group has a falling out with their lead singer about an incident that injures one of the other girls. There are hurt feelings all around. So the remaining girls decide to swap instruments and draft the local misfit (the stunningly talented super-model-turned actress Du-na Bae) Korean girl to sing lead.
Nothing turns out quite like you'd expect. There are wonderous small moments all tied together with the tour-de-force-of-nature that is Bae. The smaller characters are well defined, and you get a real sense of this world.
Captures the feeling of giddiness/stress that is performance better than virutally any movie I've seen in years. Do you love punk music? Do you love movies about misfits? Do you love films about finding your own place? THEN RUN and get this film. A real stunner.
The story is simple. As two girls recently left the group, three remaining members of the band Kyoko (Aki Maeda, "Battle Royale"), Kei (Yu Kashii) and Nozomi (Shiori Sekine) have to find a vocalist for the new band. They recruit a timid Korean exchange student Son (Du-na Bae, "The Host"), who, as it turns out, shows unexpected side of her character as she keeps practicing.
[SLOW-MOVING BUT TOUCHING] First, keep this in mind before watching "Linda Linda Linda" of which mood is something different from such films as, say, "School of Rock" or "Hard Day's Night" (both my favorite films). The catchy Blue Hearts songs are wonderful and the rock concert scenes are full of energy, but the greatness of director Nobuhiro Yamashita is that he not only succeeded in expressing the youthful energy of high school girls, but also cleverly suggesting that the girls are leaving behind their younger days though they themselves are not aware of it.
To fully enjoy "Linda Linda Linda," please remember these things. Annual high school festivals (usually called "bunka-sai" in Japanese) are usually held in autumn and the girls are in the third (and last) year of high school. That means this is their final chance to join in the bunka-sai of their school. Son will go back to her country and most probably they will not play together again.Read more ›
As the film opens, Shiba High School is preparing for it's annual Holly Festival, classes are off and everyone is busy setting up noodle booths or practicing for the rock concert, or just hanging out. After a painful scene in which two "AV geeks" are filming a bored girl reading a paean to the these last days of freedom, as an intro to a documentary we'll see them shooting a few times through the film, we see one of the central characters, bandmember Kyoko, walking down a corridor between open classrooms looking for Kei, and immediately defining her character -- the idealized Japanese schoolgirl, energetic, social, perky, polite, the go-between and peacemaker. She first spots Nozomi, who suggests the practice room, then asks Moe about her broken finger; Moe apologizes she cannot play with the band.
This neatly sets up the basic theme -- Kei, Kyoko, Nozomi and Moe were going to play in the concert, but now have a problem. Kei, the acknowledged leader, decides they will play anyway, but who will replace singer-guitarist Moe? Poking through some old tapes, they find one by the 80's Japanese punk band The Blue Hearts, and decide to go for it. Kei will switch from keyboards to guitar, but they still need a vocalist. In a hilarious scene, sitting slacker-style on a wall, they decide to take the first person to come along.Read more ›
The themes that run throughout the film are more complex than the plot. Friendship, memories, love, the end of one era of one's life and the start of a new one.
Besides the culture tips and the Blue Hearts audio FAQ, there isn't much in the way of extras and that was a tad disappointing. VIZ did such a good job with Train Man and Kamikaze Girls.
But still worth getting for those who love Japanese culture, Japanese music or a good movie.
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This is my all time favorite movie. They play their own instruments and their voices are great. I have their music CD also. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul Hanaki-Martin
While the DVD sales company/person listed the dvd as in excellent condition it actually came with scratches on it but also the case holdind the DVD was broke where the DVD is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jose Jaramillo
Bought this as a gift for my daughter. We totally enjoyed this movie, quirky. We tend to like odd movies anyway.Published 21 months ago by Betty Harvey
After seeing Bae Doona in Cloud Atlas, I went on a binge to see as many of her films as possible. It was a rewarding binge. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Lee
What a great movie, very well done with great performances. Doona Bae usually gets all the credit for the movie but I think Aki Maeda also shines bright in this story. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Matthew Kean
The story is slow and boring, too much talk, not enough action.
Good for a nap. Don't waste your time. Read more
From beginning to end the story was interesting but it always seemed there were direction it could have taken but didn't. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by William Butler
Forget all this nonsense you hear about Japanese kids being socially inept (yes, they are but you're comparing apples to oranges, if you're here in the West) as this flick captures... Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Brian Maitland
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