Japanese title OTENKI ONEESAN [Weather Girl]
also known as WEATHER WOMAN
starring: Kei Mizutani · Takashi Sumida · Saori Taira · Satoru Saito ·
Yasuyo Shirashima · Ren Osugi
Nadachi's long-time dream is about to come true. J-TV's regular weather-girl
has left for a temporary assignment in Europe. In her absence, Keiko will
be substituting. As a way of concluding her segment, she hikes up her
skirt and flashes her panties to the television audience. This brazen
'signature,' makes her an instant cult celebrity. As Keiko becomes very
popular, the original weather-girl returns to find her position has evaporated.
An all-out war for Weather Queen erupts.
is probably no other movie that so dramatically illustrates the enormous
cultural differences between Japanese and American sensibilities. Here
is a brilliant film, worthy of all the praise it received from some traditionally
conservative critics, constantly flirting with bad taste while managing
to stay fresh and innocent, much like weather-girl Keiko herself.
GIRL is also
one of the major Japanese success stories of the '90s. It is based on
a popular adult manga (and subsequent animated video series) produced
by Bandai Studios.
From the beginning, the company treated this film as a stepchild,
considered little more than a necessary evil. In early 1995, it was released
directly to video with little fanfare. However, over the year, the movie
managed to secure an underground reputation, especially with the college
crowd. Two years later, Bandai executives pulled the video from the stores
and released it theatrically. Surpringly, WEATHER GIRL
became one of the biggest hits of the year and was on many critics' Top
Ten lists, inspiring s weekly television series in 1997.
Japanese production with English subtitles; widescreen uncut (84 minutes)
NTSC DVD format, encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD
Extras include theatrical 'Weather Girl Dance' trailer.
Suggested for Mature Audiences