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SWING GIRLS (IMPORT) SHINOBU YAGUCHI Juri Ueno, Shihori Kanjiya, Yuika Motokariya, Yukari Toyoshima


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  • Subtitles: Thai
  • Region: All Regions
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00128W9S0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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My granddaughter enjoyed it so much, I just gave it to her.
Jim McClary
I'd like to make the point that for those of you out there who can't sit through a whole Jdrama series, this movie is like watching a mini Jdrama.
Scripzing
I really enjoyed this movie, it had laughs and good music rolled into one.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2008
Every country seems to have a film genre that the particularly excel at. No one can touch the US for big-budget blockbusters, China for martial arts fantasies or England for Blokes and Folks. One thing that Japan does really well is this. It is a genre without a name, but it always involves a group of misfits and outsiders banding together to do something...cool. This "something" is usually particularly "un-Japanese", which only adds to the charm, and can be seen in films like Shall We Dance? and "Sumo do, Sumo don't".

Director Shinobu Yaguchi does this genre particularly well, having previously made the boys synchronized swimming film "Waterboys" which was a huge hit in Japan and spawned a TV series. He uses essentially the same formula in "Swing Girls", with enough twists to keep it fresh. His main selling point was that all the girls play their own instruments, although they couldn't when filming began. Just like their characters, they master the jazz tunes over the course of the films, and it shows in their confidence and capabilities when playing.

The plot is simple enough to be charming. A ragtag group of misfit girls in a summer remedial math class accidentally give food poisoning to the entire brass band club when they deliver their lunches. The sole survivor, a boy named Nakamura, demands that they take over for the band in time to play for an upcoming baseball game. The gals all pick their instruments, and Nakamura puts them through their rigorous training. The regular brass band recovers just in time for the game, but by then the gals all have picked up the Jazz bug, and decide to keep their little band together and try out for a Winter competition.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Ressel on March 27, 2010
Well, maybe.

However, my title doesn't totally lie. This movie is universally described as a "zero-to-hero" film, and it certainly does have all the hallmarks of the typical genre stuff found over the past decades. Oddly enough, this film, like the better Japanese films, makes you think it's one thing for the first 30 minutes, and then it slowly turns and turns and turns, and subtly you are introduced to a whole new aspect of the film, and the entire story isn't really what you thought it was when it started out.

The dismal turns to beauty, the ugly becomes beautiful, and what was dreary is joyful.

Personally, I was enthralled by the cleverly encapsulating motive for the entire story: one man's love of jazz and his desire for a woman. Swing Girls won't bonk you on the head with how clever it is, but it certainly has it wrapped up pretty well. There are a few stylistic elements creating montage of story and time for economy on screen (hopefully forgiven by the audience) and there are a few minor gaps in story that could have been tightened, but in essence, this is a beautiful and potent film above mediocre and in timeless/world-class status.

For a western audience, it really doesn't miss anything. Differences in culture might be odd, but they aren't major story points (bento lunches, pachinko parlor, school uniforms, etc.). The writer/director pulled in a variety of passionate and romantic themes like food, music of varied genres, fashion, work, the wild, the seasons, and more, and he gave his film a transition and lush depth rarely found in films. The broad Japanese character acting my the youngsters is great: Our Gang meets 90210-backwoods.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andres C. Salama on January 15, 2008
In a snow clad small town in northern Japan, a high school brass band (for the school's baseball team) gets food poisoning. The only healthy member of the band (he wasn't able to eat the spoiled food that day) decides to call some indolent girls from the school (who inadvertently caused the food poisoning) to replace the band. Initially, of course, they are a disaster. But just when they start to get better, the original band returns. What's to do, then? What about forming a jazz-style band? Following the structure of his previous film, Water Boys (inept students finally prevail against all odds), Yaguchi made probably his best film so far. It's hilarious, full of great gags. All the actors are good, but the geeky girl named Sekiguchi steal the movie in my opinion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hope this helps on January 11, 2012
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This is truly a very brilliant film. The story really captures the magic music can bring to everyday life. It is true that the plot isn't too complex (you won't find government conspiracy stories, or the rising of the Dark Lord), but it is very charming. What is particularly impressive is that the music is actually played by the cast. In fact, none of them knew how to play and had to learn in such short time for this film. The actual plot is about a group of girls (and 1 guy) who try to form a jazz band...but none of them know how to play instruments (save the guy who knows some piano). Thus, the director really captured the true authenticity of the girls' terrible sounding beginning (yes, it really sounds bad when they start out...but good cuz it's a "natural bad" - not a proficient player trying to sound bad [trust me, that's hard to do]), to their brilliant finale performance. It's amazing how awesome they sound at the end...and that is just one more testament to their hard work and efforts for this film.

All in all, this is a heart warming slice-of-life film with much of the humor we've come to expect from Japanese films. It has a simple but lovable story and characters you can connect with. It has top notch music which is almost magical due to the fact it's the cast really playing it. It also captures a very natural look at Japanese school life outside of the bustling streets of Tokyo...in fact more rural. The girls aren't caked with make-up, the uniforms are normal-cut sizes...it just doesn't feel so processed. A very encouraging film on how music can change the lives of ordinary people. A must see for aspiring music teachers, jazz lovers, and people that love films with a good and vibrant look on life. Definitely one of my favorite live-action Japanese films :-)
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