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  • 2004
  • film
  • Japan

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romanized swing girls
aka Girls Meet Jazz


genres comedy, music


language Japanese


country Japan
type real
format film


date 11 Sep, 2004
duration 105 minutes
status released


avg. score 3.76 of 5 by 351 users
total users 543
rating 1319
favorites 11



A bunch of rebellious highschool girls accidentally poison the members of the school brass band. Most of them can't read music, but to escape from their summer make up classes, they decide to take the band's place and form a jazz band.




Suzuki Tomoko
Saitou Yoshie
Nakamura Takuo
Sekiguchi Kaori
Ozawa Tadahiko


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goguma 21 Nov, 2016
"There are two types of people - those who swing and those who don't." I can't believe I saw this film only now. Great humour, the girls are so crazy but still really lovely. The movie is kind of soul saving. When they started playing Moonlight Serenade I got tears in my eyes. Beautiful and good-natured.
3lii 10 Jan, 2015
Ahahaha so cuteeee~~~~
It made me feel really happy ^^ Such a fun movie.
aqu135 11 Jul, 2014
It was really funny and I liked how the girls were sneaky and evil, and not that (fake) innocent BS...most of the scenes felt so original, i wanna watch more movies like this
beautifur 20 Nov, 2013
It was really cute and funny.
nanuklein 19 May, 2013
So cute and heartwarming!
shiroiniji 07 May, 2013
This movie was definitely worth the watch and it delivered some really memorable scenes. While watching it I remember thinking that the whole premises is way too unrealistic, so I was shocked to find out that they actually actually played their instruments in the movie.
misekeith 09 Apr, 2012
This was one of the funniest things I've ever happened to stumble upon. Lighthearted, perfectly shaped, funny yet never sarcastic or parodic or exaggerated. Not even a single useless minute in the screenplay, everything conveys this carefreeness that is usually associated with 'seishun eiga', but with no dark smudges.
Characters were lovable, the acting enjoyable (...and it made me wonder, where THIS Ueno Juri is now?), and it made the miracle happen: I forgot everything horrible happened in my life for the duration of the movie.

I am a jazz lover myself, but I'm convinced that even if you aren't, this movie will make you into one.
daredaniel 22 Feb, 2012
Simply the best comedy I've ever seen, this film is the perfect definition of the beauty of simplicity. It might not be a deep and intellectual film like so many others, but at least it is a very honest and feel-good flick that I trully enjoy everytime I watch it. So, the film is about a group of rebellious highschool girls who accidentally poison the members of the school brass brand. Most of them can't even read music, but to escape from their Summer make up classes, they decide to take the band's place and form a jazz band.. throughout the film, they become absorved in playing and learning the pleasure of music. The story is really simple and has a wasted formula, but that's what I love about asian films; they always end up having something special about them.

The cast of this film is great and includes some of the most famous japonese actors at the moment, such as Ueno Juri and Takenaka Naoto. I simply loved the cast, there was an awesome chemistry between the band members which was essential for this film to work and that's what I call characters that we can care about. Another thing that I love about this film is the place where it is set, I love countryside Japan a lot and everything is just so beautiful to watch.

Even not beeing a fan of Jazz music myself, I loved the music scores of this film because the feelings of the characters are so well transmited to us that they give us the will to learn how to play Jazz too! Another awesome aspect of this film is that all the music scores are actually performed by the actor and actresses themselves, having learned it months before the beginning of the shooting and they even gave concerts in Japan and USA to promote the film.

This is not a silly teen film and this kind of film feels really refreshing after having watched so much Hollywood shit... now, this is what I call a film with heart. This is one of the 5 films, in over 1600 seen, that I can honestly give 10/10 because of the feelings it gives, and I have no problem in admiting that I always cry a bit in the ending of the film. Also, as purefault said in his comment, japanese girls + jazz music = a wonderful combination.