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Stratosphere Girl (2005)

Chloe Winkel , Jon Yang , Matthias X. Oberg  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chloe Winkel, Jon Yang, Rebecca Palmer, Tuva Novotny, Tara Elders
  • Directors: Matthias X. Oberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Dutch, 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: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007R4TMQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,165 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Drawing magna-style comics is Angelas passion, but it wont get the dreamy, 18 year-old blonde out of her European hometown. Hungry for adventure, Angela spontaneously takes up the idea of Japanese DJ Yamamoto, whom she meets at her graduation party and flies to Tokyo to work as a hostess. Tokyo instantly casts its spell on the impressionable youth and her comics soon turn into animes threatening, violent action comics that unreel before her eyes with terrifying vividness. Angela plunges into a dark story of cruelty and murder, of naive young European women swallowed up into the brightly lit nights of downtown Tokyo, of men so powerful that even the police steer clear of them.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
Stratosphere Girl is a fine Pan-European co-production (Germany - UK - France - Switzerland - Italy). The dialogue is mostly in English because much of the action takes place in Tokyo where English is the only common language between the Japanese and Europeans. English may be the lingua franca but it's heavily accented English all round. Some viewers may require subtitles.

Angela, (the lovely Chloé Winkel) a Belgian girl just out of High School, has a passion for drawing comics. From the opening frame she narrates the story, as if recounting the plot of a comic strip, which we actually see her drawing. She meets a handsome young Japanese man who works as a DJ and strikes up a relationship with him. She's bored with life in Europe, so he suggests that she go over to Japan to work as a "Hostess". "Hostesses" in this context are more like lap-dancers. And there is a demand for young Western women to serve as these so-called hostesses. Only too happy for a change, she flies off without telling anyone. She becomes a hostess and is an immediate hit with the lecherous Japanese businessmen. To the extent that the other Western hostesses get jealous of her. She ends up with shards of broken glass in her soup, acid in her shampoo and other catty stuff courtesy of her roomates. But this is nothing compared to the mystery she stumbles upon when she sees a "Missing Persons" poster at the police station. Another Western girl, a Russian known to her roomates, has disappeared. Is it the Yakuza, a white-slavery ring, murder? She decides to investigate. A besotted customer meanwhile supplies Angela with her nickname, Stratosphere Girl, likening her to an angel sent from above. We know from the start that nothing really bad will happen to Angela as she's the one telling us the story.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touched me deeply October 29, 2006
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I rented this movie the day before and just barely got done watching it. I absolutely loved it..I am going to order a copy from Amazon. I am not going to give a synopsis of the movie as a couple other reviewers have already supplied that need. But rather, I would like to share with you the affect this movie had on my senses; and also, I would like to share what I percieved were the ethereal qualities of this most excellent movie.

Being of Asian descent, and having dated women of various ethnicities, I was instantly drawn to the main plot. But more importantly, I was intrigued by the line in front of the DVD.."Sometimes imagination is your only escape." I know the casual observer might percieve the meaning to be that you are "escaping reality" through your imagination. I intensly disagree with this line of thinking. And after reading the director's statement(contained as an extra on the DVD), I was happy to see that he had a very expansive view of the imagination.

I know many will disagree with me, but through my personal self-education(and personal experiences), I've discovered that many a magic can occur through the developement and use of your imagination. Your perceptions of reality and what is or isn't possible will be totally obliterated when you strengthen and expand your imagination. This is an intense movie that dares to utilize its own imagination to create a world that is mesmerizing, beautiful, inspiring, and adventurous.

Chloe Winkel, main actress, is absolutely intoxicating in her portrayel of Angela. As a result, I was in constant captivation of Angela's intense drive to create her "own world" through her drawings and her day-to-day adventures.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Angela is attending her high school graduation party. While the others are inside dancing and enjoying themselves she sits alone outside drawing. With a world of possibilities awaiting she is saddened by the fact that she is scheduled to start a new job in the morning. Angela longs for adventure and wants to leave Belgium and see the world. A talented young artist, she expresses her inner desires and fantasies in her notebook in comic book format.

Eventually awakening from her revere, Angela joins the other guests and winds up spending the evening with an attractive male Asian from Japan hired as the DJ for the festivities. She shares her longing to travel with him and he suggests Tokyo as a good place to start her adventure. He gives her the name and address of a upscale gentleman's club where she could work as a hostess.

She takes him up on the offer and so her adventure begins. Unfortunately once there she discovers what it's like to be a stranger in a strange land. Finding herself at the mercy of wealthy, powerful men and in competition with aggressive young girls out to earn a living she withdraws further into her fantasy comic book drawings. When Angela learns a girl from the gentleman's club is missing she decides to solve the mystery, making herself the hero and detail the account in her drawings.

'The Stratosphere Girl' is a European film, thus having that recognizable foreign film flavor, stylish and a little slow. However it's in English so if you don't like reading subtitles that's a plus.

If you give this film your full attention it will slowly but surely draw you into its anime inspired Asian-fusion landscape.
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2.0 out of 5 stars And then the ending ruined what little there was to like about the...
The main actress has some screen presence but the story goes nowhere. And then the ending ruined what little there was to like about the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jswap
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, but.....
Great concept for a movie. Slightly rambling execution. Got the feeling that the film maker had never been to Japan and was operating on someone else's knowledge.
Published 9 months ago by James Griffiths
2.0 out of 5 stars Surreal and listless
Surreal and listless story of a teenage Belgium girl who goes to Tokyo and finds herself a one of several blonde hostesses in a bar catering to Japanese businessmen. Read more
Published on March 8, 2011 by J. A. Eyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Death, love and cartoons
At a certain point in childhood, most of develop a mental block that tells us when an idea is just too fantastical to be true. Even if it is. Read more
Published on September 7, 2008 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Production Notes First
In order to appreciate this film, it's good to know that it was the intention of the director to tell the story through the heroine's perspective - as a young manga cartoon artist,... Read more
Published on March 26, 2008 by Chasmodai
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic But Confusing For Me
This is an artisitic and visually appealing movie.

The main character is an angelic teenage girl who is an aritist. Read more
Published on September 14, 2007 by Jeff Marzano
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Unique Movie, and Not Bad DVD
Video:Anamorphic 1.85:1, Non-Progressive, NTSC. Picture is normal in this dvd spec. / Sound:English(include of some japanese ^^) DD 5.1 & DD 2.0, Sound is not bad. Read more
Published on February 2, 2007 by PARK SANG TAE
2.0 out of 5 stars Fluff
"Stratosphere Girl" was written and directed by German filmmaker M.X. Oberg. Shot in Tokyo & Cologne, Germany, the film has an exotic look. Read more
Published on October 30, 2006 by Lee Armstrong
3.0 out of 5 stars Stratosphere Girl
I saw this film on a festival screening and when we left the theater, the festival staff asked us to rate the movie between one and five, but I wasn't able to. Read more
Published on July 10, 2006 by NoWireHangers
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