- This article refers to the Japanese movie. For the greeting card character, see Strawberry Shortcake. For the dessert, see shortcake.
|Directed by||Hitoshi Yazaki|
|Written by||Kiriko Nananan Kyoko Inukai|
Strawberry Shortcakes (2006) is a Japanese film by director Hitoshi Yazaki. The film, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Kiriko Nananan, concerns the life of four girls, as they deal with their own insecurities while living in the metropolis of Tokyo. This movie ranked 7th Best Film at the 2006 Yokohama Film Festival and got Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography prizes from the same festival.
The plot revolves around four ladies struggle to find happiness in the capital city of Tokyo:
Satoko: Works as a receptionist at an escort service “Heavan’s Gate.” At home, she often prays to God to find a boy that will love her.
Akiyo: Works at an escort service “Heavan’s Gate” as a call girl. She saves her money in order to eventually buy a condo situated on the 5th floor or higher. Once she gets old & senile, she plans to jump out of her apartment to her death. She is infatuated with Kikuchi, an old school friend. Akiyo changes her appearance when around Kikuchi and conceals the fact that she is a call girl.
Chihiro: Works in a low level office position. When her roommate, Toko, asks if there is a God, she replies “God would be something like a boyfriend. Buys me whatever I want and makes possible all my wishes.” She often involves herself with men who only use her for sex.
Toko: Works obsessively as an illustrator. She suffers from bulimia, a fact she conceals from her roommate, Chihiro.
- Satoko – Chizuru Ikewaki
- Chihiro – Noriko Nakagoshi
- Akiyo – Yuko Nakamura
- Toko Iwase – Kiriko Nananan (the original comic writer)
- Nagai – Ryō Kase
- Kikuchi – Masanobu Ando
- Best Supporting Actress: Yûko Nakamura, 2006 – Yokohama Film Festival
- Best Cinematography: Isao Ishii, 2006 – Yokohama Film Festival
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