Selasa, 15 Februari 2011

Swing Girls - スウィングガールズ

Film director Shinobu Yaguchi ran across an account of a dwindling high school brass band that reinvented itself as a youthful Big Band. He decided to track the band down to the boondocks where he found an ensemble composed almost entirely of girls with bobbed hair breezing through jazz numbers. The contrast between the band's look and its sound inspired Yaguchi to create "Swiing Girs," set against the seasonal beauty of northeastern Japan.

Songs performed in "Swing Girls": "In the mood" by the Glenn Miller Orchestra (song playing while walking along the apartment complex), "Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Milller (The first song played at the concert finale), "Mexican Flyers" by Ken Woodman (The second song played at the concert finale), "Sing Sing Sing with a Swing" by Benny Goodman (The final song played in the concert finale).

  • Movie: Swing Girls
  • Japanese: スウィングガールズ
  • Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
  • Writer: Shinobu Yaguchi
  • Contributing Writer: Junko Yaguchi
  • Producer: Shintaro Horikawa, Shoji Masui, Daisuke Sekiguchi
  • Cinematographer: Takahide Shibanushi
  • Release Date: September 11, 2004
  • Runtime: 105 min.
  • Production Company: Altamira Pictures, Toho, Fuji TV
  • Distributor: Toho
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

The Story

Tomoko and her classmates are given a reprieve from their dreary summer math class with the job of delivering lunch to their high school brass team. Unfortunately the girls fall asleep on the train and miss their intended stop. They get off at the next available stop, but then they still had to walk a considerable distance in the baking sun to get to the stadium.

By the time the girls got to the stadium and delivered the food, something strange happened. All the members of the brass team got sick, except for Nakamura (the girls ate his lunch while riding on the train).

The following day, Nakamura is left to reassemble the brass club, but only 3 girls show up for the auditions. 2 are heavy metal rock girls that bring their amps and guitar and bass. The other girl seems promising but brings a flute. Nakamura soon sees the girls from the math class, that delivered the lunch late, laughing in the hallway. He demands that they join the brass band or he will tell the faculty that the food wasn’t spoiled from the factory but that the girls were at fault.

The girls soon enough agreed, partially because of the threat and partially to avoid the monotony of taking summer math classes. The girls have no clue how to play and they are in terrible physical condtition. Nakamura takes it upon himself to train the girls, first with physical exercises to improve their stamina and then teaches them how to play their brass instruments.

There is only a week until the next game begins and the girls start to enjoy playing their instruments immensely. Unfortunately the original brass team recovers from their illnesses and rejoins bthe brass team. The girls are now left without a club to play their music for or have any instruments to play with in their free time.

After some moments of despair, the girls take the initiative to start their own Jazz band and they call themselves Swing Girls (And A Boy). Along with the help of their math teacher, who is somewhat of a Jazz aficionado, the girls train vigorously to compete in the upcoming student music festival.

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