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Stratosphere Girl, The

Stratosphere Girl, The
Scene from "The Stratosphere Girl" (photo © Pandora Film)

Drawing manga-style comics is Angela's passion, but it won't get the dreamy, 18-year-old blonde out of her European hometown. Hungry for adventure, Angela spontaneously takes up the idea of Japanese DJ Yamamoto, whom she meets at her graduation party, and flies to Tokyo to work as a hostess. Tokyo instantly casts its spell on the impressionable youth, and her comics soon turn into animes - threatening, violent action comics that unreel before her eyes with terrifying vividness. Angela plunges into a dark story of cruelty and murder, of naïve young European women swallowed up into the brightly lit nights of downtown Tokyo, of men so powerful that even the police steer clear of them. Aware that she is - and must be - the heroine of her epic, Angela the Stratosphere Girl feverishly sketches the story that will reveal the truth. As she lives out the comic she is drawing, each stroke of her pencil brings her closer to triumph - or doom.

The Stratosphere Girl blends European storytelling with Japanese anime cartoon power into a stylized action-mystery. With a stunning visual concept, director M.X. Oberg (Under the Milky Way, Undertaker's Paradise) and cinematographer Michael Mieke (Baby) vividly capture an alienating world.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director M. X. Oberg
Screenplay M. X. Oberg
Cinematography Michael Mieke
Peter Alderliesten
Nils Petter Molvaer
Petra Barchi
Cast Burt Kwouk, Filip Peeters, Jon Yang, Rebecca Palmer, Tara Elders, Linda Steinhoff, Togo Igawa, Tuva Novotny, Chloé Winkel
Producers Christoph Friedel, Karl Baumgartner, Claudia Steffen
Production Company Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with Palomar/Rome, Clubdeal/London, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion/Zurich, Paradis Films/Paris, Motel Films/Amsterdam, WDR, SRF/Zurich
Runtime 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2004 (Panorama), Moscow 2004
With backing from Filmstiftung NRW, FilmFoerderung Hamburg, Dutch Film Fund, Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA), MEDIA
German Distributor Rapid Eye Movies

World Sales
Bavaria Media International