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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very cute story about a girl that makes her way in Japan as a foreigner. I've been wanting to watch this movie for a while and I finally got to watch it.Published 21 months ago by LV
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 morePublished 22 months ago by jswap
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 on January 26, 2014 by James Griffiths
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 morePublished on March 8, 2011 by J. A. Eyon
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 morePublished on September 7, 2008 by EA Solinas
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 morePublished on March 26, 2008 by Chasmodai
This is an artisitic and visually appealing movie.
The main character is an angelic teenage girl who is an aritist. Read more
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 morePublished on February 2, 2007 by PARK SANG TAE