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44 Ratings

Sailor Suit and Machine Gun

Sêrâ-fuku to kikanjû

Directed by Shinji Sômai
Japan, 1981
Action, Romance


A high-school girl inherits a declining yakuza organisation, which seeks to repair its fortunes under her leadership. This mixture of deadpan comedy and outlandish action was a smash hit in Japan. A generation of young Japanese women grew up reciting lines of dialogue from this movie.

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Sailor Suit and Machine Gun Directed by Shinji Sômai

Awards & Festivals

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1983 | Winner: Best Sound

1983 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

1982 | 2 wins including: Most Popular Film

Critics reviews

With Sômai’s long takes, tracking shots and gift for staging in depth, Sailor Suit is a film in which a talented director shoots fluff, but boy is it well-made fluff.
November 02, 2016
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