Plot: Four ladies struggle to find happiness in the mega-metropolis known as Tokyo : Satoko: Works as a receptionist at “Heavan’s Gate,” an escort service. At home she often prays to God to let her find a boy that will love her. Akiyo: Works at “Heavan’s Gate” as a prostitute. She saves her money in order to buy a condo situated on the 5th floor or higher. Once she gets old & senile, she plans to jump out of her apartment to her death. Chihiro: Works in a low level office position. When her roommate, Toku, asks if there is a God, she replies “God would be something like a boyfriend. Buys me whatever I want and makes possible all my wishes.” Toku: Works obsessively as an animator, suffers from bulimia.
«As well as the simple but often clever narrative, what really does stand out from watching Strawberry Shortcakes are the performances of the actors, especially the four protagonists. Conversations are natural, responses are as you would expect not from watching a film, but from a documentary picture. It really is superbly played from beginning to end.»
«Yazaki films "Strawberry Shortcakes" almost like a documentary and his stark and blunt portrayals of sex and love remind me of Larry Clark's films such as "Ken Park" and "Kids". While the ending in particular did seem a bit contrived and some of the drama forced, I found "Strawberry Shortcakes" an interesting film and one which did make me care about these characters and the lives they lead. Life can be a bitch but perhaps surviving those rough spots are the true test of our character, our faith and hope.»
«The manner in which “Strawberry Shortcakes” unfolded was a mixture of comedic scenes, somber scenes of isolation, and a handful of mildly explicit sexual scenes. The yearning that the four main leads held inside, was perhaps indicative of people living in such a large metropolis as Tokyo.While all four of the main characters battle familiar problems (loneliness, jealousy, unrequited love), you can’t help to be impressed with the small details (their apartments!) and unique style of the movie. Strawberry Shortcakes is one of the better films I have seen this year, check this one out.»
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