Brunswick Park Film Festival
10–12 September 2021
When her high school rock band breaks up over ‘musical differences’, co-founder Kei (Yuu Kashii) decides to put together a new band and recruits Son (Bae Doona), a Korean exchange student, as vocalist unfazed by the fact that she doesn’t yet speak fluent Japanese.
Yamashita’s deadpan comedy Linda Linda Linda, scored by James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins), is an understated and disarmingly human tale of the all-girl band as they practise through the night, complete with Ramones dream scene, in the three day run-up to their performance at the school’s annual rock festival.
Avoiding the hooks of most high-school coming of age stories, the film is a slow paced and unpretentious tale of youth, female friendship and the bonding power of music celebrated in their rapturous climatic performance of the classic 1980’s Japanese pop-punk earworm by The Blue Hearts from which the film derives its title.
The song also lends its name to real life LA based teenage punk rock band The Linda Linda’s who have opened for Riot Grrrl legends Bikini Kill and whose now-legendary set at the Los Angeles Public Library in May 2021 included a performance of their anti-prejudice anthem “Racist, Sexist Boy.”