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Linda Linda Linda (2009)

Doona Bae , Aki Maeda , Nobuhiro Yamashita  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Doona Bae, Aki Maeda, Yuu Kashii, Shiori Sekine
  • Directors: Nobuhiro Yamashita
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VIZ Pictures, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MKXF5U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Linda Linda Linda" on IMDb

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Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita, LINDA LINDA LINDA depicts the musical and personal dramas of an all-girl high school rock band and has played to critical acclaim at more than 40 major international film festivals. The film notably offers a soundtrack by ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and a cameo by punk rock legends The Ramones.
The DVD release includes a new audio commentary by noted film critic and Japanese pop culture journalist Patrick Macias. LINDA LINDA LINDA was originally released in 2005 and follows an all-girl high school rock band after an untimely break-up. Only three days before their high school festival, guitarist Kei (Yu Kashii), drummer Kyoto (Aki Maeda of Battle Royale), and bassist Nozumi (Shiori Sekine) must recruit a new lead vocalist for their band. They choose an unlikely Korean exchange student Son (Doona Bae of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), even 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 concert -- including a classic '80s punk-pop song by the famous Japanese group The Blue Hearts called "Linda Linda."

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real thing January 31, 2007
By J. Rose
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I have been a performer off and on for most of my life. My best friend is in a couple bands. Needless to say, we both loved this movie. We caught it at the local Art House movie theatre (shout out to the great folks at Portland's Historic Hollywood Theatre!).

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.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Japanese indie film "Linda Linda Linda" follows the story of four high school girls who need to learn to play the songs of the Blue Hearts, 80s Japanese punk rock band, for the annual school festival. They got only three days to practice, and the vocal happens to be an international student from Korea. But can they master the songs and play them in front of the audiences?

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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J-Pop High School March 11, 2007
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I saw this at a local arthouse theater, and loved it so much I went back and saw it several more times during its week run (ok, I had a month pass as part of a promotion, but still, it was the late show in a frigid January, and I bought the pass because of this film). The audiences were laughing at all the right places, and broke into applause at the finish. It's a warm, funny, fluffy delight of a punk-rock movie, with a good deal of substance underneath.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to sing... August 4, 2007
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Not really, but it does make me want to look up more information on the Blue Hearts. The plot is simple - a member of a girl band hurts her finger before the school's festival. And two of the members have a fight, causing one of them to leave the band. Now the remaining girls need to train a new singer only days before the gig. They recruit a Korean exchange student who can barely speak the language.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars cute movie
Bought this as a gift for my daughter. We totally enjoyed this movie, quirky. We tend to like odd movies anyway.
Published 4 months ago by Betty Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and enjoyable movie
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice movie
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Matthew Kean
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING...BORING...BORING...
The story is slow and boring, too much talk, not enough action.

Good for a nap. Don't waste your time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Happy r/c
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story; Odd Pacing
From beginning to end the story was interesting but it always seemed there were direction it could have taken but didn't. Read more
Published on September 28, 2012 by William Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars perfectly captures '90s J-youth culture
Forget all this nonsense you hear about Japanese kids being socially inept (yes, they are but you're comparing apples to ornages if you're here in the West) as this flick captures... Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by Brian Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty of the Simple Life
"Linda Linda Linda" is a brilliant film that captures a very natural look at rural Japanese school life. Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by Hope this helps
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Sweet Movie
I bought this DVD at a movie rental place that was going out of business. It was selling for two bucks and I grabbed it right away because I had heard of this movie. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by Debra Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and Simple Joy
Nobuhiro Yamashita's Linda Linda Linda is not only a feel-good movie, it is a feel-great movie that had the audience dancing in the aisles (figuratively, if not literally). Read more
Published on July 2, 2011 by Howard Schumann
5.0 out of 5 stars really touching, I want to attend that high school!
Linda Linda Linda (2005, Japan) relates the endearing and humorous story of a group of four high school girls who put their hearts into performing as a rock band at their high... Read more
Published on April 29, 2011 by M. Saltzman
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