By the way, David, you have got to see this movie. (And all the rest of you, too, who understand Japanese or can somehow find a translation of this movie.) In Japanese it's called "Shimotsuma Monogatari". Shimotsuma is a town near where I live. Just around the block really. My friend Jody lives the next town over from it. And weirdly, there are scenes from this film filmed like five minutes from my apartment here, at the Ushiku no Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Ushiku). Which is the tallest Buddha in the world. Yep, in my back yard. And it's amazing. Here's a look or two at it from my mom's visit.
It's just lovely as a scene backdrop for a movie. I really do hope someone in America translates this movie. It's wonderful and in the same vein as much of the young, contemporary fiction/film that America is producing as well.
By the way, this site translates it as "Kamikaze Girls" but that is not what the original title means.