Swing Girls
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Swing Girls

General info
Original title: Swing Girls (スウィングガールズ)
Country: Japan
Year: 2004
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Music
IMDB Rating: 7.6 1409 votes
Plot: Swing Girls falls in line with those 'other' Japanese films that build a storyline around obscure hobbies and activities (recent years has seen, to name just a few, ping pong, lacrosse, synchro-swimming and power-pop music). The basics: Some youngsters take an interest (sometimes forced) in an obscure activity and learn to perform said activity rather well by the end of the film, culminating in a performance/showdown of epic proportions (ie. the payoff). The differences lie in how you get to the payoff...and Swing Girls provides the viewer with an entertaining path to follow.

bbc.co.uk says: The plot centres on Tomoko (Juri Ueno), a high school student stuck in an a summer maths class in the Japanese countryside. When the famous school brass band comes down with food poisoning, Tomoko and her friends see a chance to get out of maths class by taking their places. Realising they don't have enough members for a full brass band, they organise into a swing group, though few can play a single instrument. When the old band recover from their illness, competition heats up between the original musicians and the Swing Girls.
Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 105

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Ueno, JuriUENO Juri
as Tomoko Suzuki
Hiraoka, YûtaHIRAOKA Yûta
as Takuo Nakamura
Kanjiya, ShihoriKANJIYA Shihori
as Yoshie Saito
Motokariya, YuikaMOTOKARIYA Yuika
as Kaori Sekiguchi
as Naomi Tanaka
Abe, NagisaABE Nagisa
as Reiko Shimoda
Eguchi, NorikoEGUCHI Noriko
as Shop Assistant at Muscial Instruments Shop
Kino, HanaKINO Hana
as Manager at supermarket
Kohinata, FumiyoKOHINATA Fumiyo
as Yasumi Suzuki
Mizuta, FumikoMIZUTA Fumiko
as Yuka Yamamoto
Nishida, NaomiNISHIDA Naomi
as Masumi - student at music school
SAKURA Mutsuko
as Suzuki Mie (Tomoko's Grandmother)
Shiraishi, MihoSHIRAISHI Miho
as Yayoi Itami
Takahashi, IsseiTAKAHASHI Issei
as Band Leader
Takarai, MasaakiTAKARAI Masaaki
as Kubota-sensei
Takenaka, NaotoTAKENAKA Naoto
as Tadahiko Ozawa (math teacher)
Tanaka, YojiTANAKA Yoji
as Manager of Pinball Parlour
Tani, KeiTANI Kei
as Morishita
Watanabe, ErikoWATANABE Eriko
as Sanae Suzuki
as Chika Kubo

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