JFF – Tori Girl!

Director Tsutomu Hanabusa
Starring Elaiza Ikeda, Tao Tsuchiya, Mahiro Takasugi, Shotaro Mamiya
Recommended for ages 12 and over.
Rated 6/6

Yukina has always been the go-with-the-flow type. Unknowingly—and rather frustratingly—she drifts into a second-rate university where everybody looks like a bespectacled geek. During O-Week, she meets Kei, a cute upperclassman who recruits her into the nerdiest club in school, the Human-powered Aircraft Society. Their goal? To fly a bicycle-powered DIY airplane over Lake Biwa at the annual Birdman Rally.

Alright, Tori Girl belongs on the list of movies titled ‘it was probably a good idea that I watched this one by myself’ because I found myself howling with laughter throughout the entire movie, it’s been a while since I have watched a movie that made me laugh this hard. I suppose the main reason I found myself laughing so hard was because of Tao Tsuchiya and Shotaro Mamiya’s performances. Their characters Yukina and Sakaba had a relationship that could only be described as ‘why don’t they just kiss and get it over with’. There was also another actor who gave an interesting performance Hideki Aiura AKA Nadal his character Mr. Peller had a Bagger Vance quality but his performance also reminded me of High School teacher who during lunch seemingly appear out of nowhere and start talking even if you might have been talking to you (looking back on it, yes that might have been normal teacher behaviour but on the occasion that you were eating your lunch lost in your own little world, it seemed a little odd at the time.) Despite the hilarity was an uplifting story of personal transformation, something that we all need to see from time to time.

©2017 “Tori Girl!” Production Committee

For those of you who might be interested I was completely unfamiliar with everybody with the making of Tori Girl, though as it turns out I have come across Tao Tsuchiya’s work before Library Wars: The Last Mission at the Japanese Film Festival back in 2015. Also, Tori Girl was based on the novel “Tori Garu!” by Kou Nakamura (published August 2012 by KADOKAWA MAGAZINES).