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Linda Linda Linda (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Linda Linda Linda (Japan Version)
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With the school music festival just around the corner, three teenage girls decide to form a rock band in director Yamashita Nobuhiro's highly entertaining film, Linda, Linda, Linda! But things don't go quite as planned for the trio, thanks to the abrupt departure of their guitarist from the group. While the band's bassist Nozomi (real-life musician Sekine Shiori) and its drummer Kyoko (Maeda Aki) are able to find a keyboard player named Kei (Kashii Yu) to fill in on guitar, they have a harder time finding someone to fill in as lead vocalist. Soon enough, the bandmates realize they have no choice but to ask a Korean exchange student named Song (Bae Du Na, from Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) to sing lead for their makeshift band. However, there's one little problem: Song can barely speak a word of Japanese, let alone sing it!

Thanks to a cassette tape of "Linda Linda Linda," the 1980s era hit song by The Blue Hearts, the ragtag group of would-be musicians decides to cover the song, hoping to fine tune their performance in time for the school festival! Will they succeed…or will they hit a wrong note? Shot in an almost documentary style, Linda, Linda, Linda stands out from the pack of Japanese high school band movies, thanks in large part to the wonderful performance from Bae Du Na! Subdued and often quirky in his execution of the material, director Yamashita crafts a film that achieves a definite kind of harmony. Featuring a score by former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Linda, Linda, Linda is a film that music lovers are sure to enjoy!

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Product Title: Linda Linda Linda (Japan Version) Linda Linda Linda (日本版) Linda Linda Linda (日本版) リンダ リンダ リンダ Linda Linda Linda (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Maeda Aki | Bae Doo Na | Pierre Taki | Hiroshi Yamamoto | Komoto Masahiro | Kashii Yu | Yukawa Shione | Sekine Shiori 前田亞季 | 裴斗娜 | 瀧正則 | 山本浩司 | 甲本雅裕 | 香椎由宇 | 湯川潮音 | Sekine Shiori 前田亚季 | 裴斗娜 | 泷正则 | 山本浩司 | 甲本雅裕 | 香椎由宇 | Yukawa Shione | Sekine Shiori 前田亜季 | ペ・ドゥナ | ピエール瀧 | 三村恭代 | 山本浩司 | 甲本雅裕 | 山本剛史 | 香椎由宇 | 湯川潮音 | 関根史織 | 山崎優子 Maeda Aki | 배두나 | 피에르 타키 | Hiroshi Yamamoto | Komoto Masahiro | Kashii Yu | Yukawa Shione | Sekine Shiori
Director: Yamashita Nobuhiro 山下敦弘 山下敦弘 山下敦弘 야마시타 노부히로
Release Date: 2006-02-22
Publisher Product Code: VPBT-12477
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: No Subtitle
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004095176

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
山下敦弘 (監督) / ペ・ドゥナ / 前田亜季 / 香椎由宇 / 関根史織

製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2005


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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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August 7, 2021

1 people found this review helpful

Bae Du Na shines Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
'Linda Linda Linda' is a frustrating film both to watch and to review. The movie moves at a glacial pace, and is populated mostly with low energy teens ruminating over their differences. And yet, when this film is good, it is very good.

When is it at its best? Just about any time the camera is focused on the gawky beauty of Bae Du Na, playing an exchange student from Korea who struggles with the basics of the Japanese language, yet is selected to be the lead singer in a high school rock band to sing old songs by J-rock greats, the Blue Hearts.

I wish that someone other than Yamashita Nobuhiro had directed 'Linda Linda Linda', someone who would tighten the movie's storytelling, push its pace, and add more of a sense of teenage fun. As it is, too much of the film feels slow and joyless. But, as I said, when it is good...
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August 22, 2006

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Nice build up, great songs Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
At first I wasn't sure what to make of it. The first 20 min or so sets the scene for the rest of the movie, so it's not immediately clear how good this movie is. The characters come across dull, unprofessional, with too much "teenage feel" to some events, making it all feel cheap and forced.

Yet, as you progress through the story, something about these characters grows on you. One of the girls (Song) came across too weird at first, but in the end I felt a great affection for her. The build-up elements are patiently piled up to create momentum. It's designed in such a way that viewers end up caring for the characters.

It's a fairly slow moving story with teenage theme, but below that outlook, there is a solid human story and philosophy of people's relationship and the way they manifest through seemingly unimportant events.

I liked it so much, in the end I ended up buying the soundtracks and their version of the songs as well, which are so amateur yet mysteriously addictive.

I was tempted to give this full marks, but I suppose there is always a "more perfect" movie yet to be found.
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