Day Thirteen: Kamikaze Girls (MotM 2020)

kamikaze girls cover

By the time this releases, it will be very late at night. As such, my write-up will unfortunately be very limited.

This is such a dumb, but fun film. One can tell by looking at the cover alone that this is some zany shit. A dude with a unicorn hairstyle is, shockingly, not the weirdest thing contained in this 100-minute project.

One letterboxd user described this as “Amélie, except actually good,” which made me think two things:

  1. “Yo, what the fuck?”
  2. “That makes me want to watch it.”

Amélie, this is not. Doesn’t have the same emotional fortitude, nor does it manage to maintain the silly atmosphere all the way through, occasionally wandering into this awkward serious zone that doesn’t suit it. This should’ve been really dumb all the way through, with character growth provided in tune (which it fortunately did to some degree).

I wanted to like this more than my eventual rating will show for, as it did have that Amélie vibe of playing with the story, perspective, and overexaggerated characters. I liked the characters for what they showed and the relationship between the female leads was always cute. Fizzled out greatly towards the end, though not without some appropriate showboating. If you want something as close to an absurd anime as live-action can get, this is a great choice.

Final Score: 7/10

The rating for all other films can be found at Letterboxd.

For more, check out the March of the Movies Archive!

Thank you for your time. Have a great day.

2 thoughts on “Day Thirteen: Kamikaze Girls (MotM 2020)

  1. Seeing this pop up as being reviewed made me really nostalgic. It probably doesn’t hold up the way it does in my memories, but I’m glad that you enjoyed it!

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