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Geisha Assassin (aka Geisha vs. Ninja) (2008)

Minami Tsukui , Go Ohara  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Minami Tsukui
  • Directors: Go Ohara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UJUH1M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After Resident Evil and Kill Bill, a new style of martial arts action movie is born! --TwitchFilms.net

Product Description

Directed by Go Ohara (the action director of Death Trance), Geisha Assassin follows the story of Kotono (newcomer Minami Tsukui), a beautiful geisha who inherits a secretly-guarded sword and uses it to pursue Hyoe, the man who killed her father. Throughout her quest to face-off against Hyoe, Kotono battles Japan s most notorious female ninjas and assassins only to learn a hidden secret.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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I was apprehensive about blind buying this movie based upon the trailer, which looked like a B-movie that could end up a total disaster - ala "Legend of Red Dragon" (2002). However, I had an extra $20 in online gift certificates and was in the mood for a new Japanese action flick, so I took a chance - and I'm mighty glad I did. "Geisha vs. Ninjas" is not merely mildly entertaining low-budget fare like the "Gun Crazy" series, but is more entertaining for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, low-budget B-grade action flicks have inherent limitations that frequently leave the final product rather wanting. Creating a great action scene with no name actors, little money, and inexperienced stuntmen and choreographers is something incredibly difficult that's accomplished by only the most talented of filmmakers. Most of the time, you end up with a few decent moves mixed in with lots of edits and quick cuts to hide the lack of talent behind and in front of the camera. The people behind "Geisha Assassin" (aka "Geisha vs. Ninjas") were the same people behind the action in "Death Trance" (2005) and "Onechanbara" (2008). My expectations were rightfully confused, because "Death Trance" was cool with decent action sequences while "Onechanbara" was stupid with poor action sequences.

Most surprisingly, "Geisha vs. Ninjas" has a number of highly effective swordfights and fist-a-cuffs that use wide camera shots that show multiple attacks and counterattacks from the actors, which is a remarkable, extremely impressive feat that must have required a lot of physical practice and rehearsals off camera.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than an action movie August 21, 2009
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Strongly reminiscent of both "Lady Snowblood" and "Azumi", this is almost a Greek tragedy - but with a neat twist. The action scenes are properly choreographed, the soundtrack very effective, image quality is very good.

The plot has been unfairly criticised - it's perfectly coherent within the somewhat mythical context. And the longer dialogues towards the end are actually needed for characterisation.

A well-paced, ultimately moral tale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Geisha vs Everyone October 24, 2010
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PLOT SUMMARY (possible spoilers):

Geisha Assassin wastes no time getting to the, uh... point. After a brief introduction, the movie opens into a dimly lit Japanese garden in which our little lady is stalking a swordsman who somehow senses her intentions and, just like that, they are engaged in a duel. Unimpressed by her swords-wo-manship, he declines to take her life and nonchalantly wanders off into the darkness. Enraged by his disrespect and by her own failure, she rushes forward once more, only to be intercepted by his bodyguards... and this is where the ninjas come in.

From this point onward, Kotono (the geisha) travels across medieval Japan battling wave after wave of ninjas and other historically inaccurate mini-bosses in her vengeful perseveration over an otherwise anonymous swordsman who allegedly did some kind of not nice thing one time. Although he initially seems unaware of her identity and surprisingly unconcerned by her aspiration to do him in, he is just attentive enough to leave an unlikely ensemble of bad guy bodyguards in her path. It's of no use however, because this vigilante vixen will stop at nothing to ensure that justice, or something like it, is served - even if it means enduring a sequence of cinematic killfests, skillfully dispatching one opponent after another for a whole seventy minutes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about Minami Tsukui... March 16, 2014
By A. Amat
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Geisha Assassin (Geisha vs Ninja) is a simple little movie about misguided revenge. A young girl witnesses her samurai father killed in a duel and...well...you know the rest. There isn't much else to the film. The protagonist simply moves from one battle to the next.
There is a plot in there but even after it was explained I'm still not sure what the real details are (multiple views!!). The film is directed and choreographed by GO OHARA, who has a few other movies under his belt. His main specialty is action choreography, not on the level of the Hong Kong guys but he can hold his own.

Lets get to the point, this movie is a simple showcase of Minami Tsukui's excellent athleticism. When this film released she was a new comer into the Japanese film industry, and being that she is not a Super Model, Soft Porn Star, Singer, Underwear model, etc... She makes up for it by being a more traditionally (classically) attractive young girl that can handle some decent choreography and therefore not look like a fool while kicking butt in action scenes. In fact she can hang with the boys just fine. The fight with the Monk being the highlight of the film.

Personally I don't like the whole Geisha culture, I find the getup displeasing to the eyes and feel it hides the womens real beauty.
You wouldn't know the girl behind the grease make up is a cutie until she sheds the geisha getup.

Unless you have a curiosity to see Minami KickA$$ or love all things Samurai Girl you probably have no business buying this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It
I loved this movie. It had great action with minimal plot which is great for a revenge flick. I recommend this to martial art movie fans everywhere.
Published 4 months ago by A. Allen
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than a video game
As promising as a story of a daughter seeking to avenge the death of her father can be, this movie failed. It felt like a bad TV series pieced together. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Black
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
very good movie, and lots of action. almost thought geisha was an ninja herself. the movie was very very good.
Published 8 months ago by marc
3.0 out of 5 stars nice movie
It is nice story but seems like a low-budget film. I would not mind watching it, but I would not want to pay too much for it.
Published 9 months ago by Peter Ho
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good blob out movie.
Very good blob out movie, get some chips and a couple of drinks, watch.
It came to us in time, great condition, no worries.
Published 20 months ago by ashley murdoch
5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai Geisha
I loved this film, it is really worth buying. The sword play was incredible and the story was good. You can't lose here..
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Geisha assassin
The movie geisha assassin i loved it!! I am also a sword collector and i would like to say that the action was excellent and i will be watching it a lot more. I am happy to own it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by G.
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB ACTION
This has to be one of the better action movies of this genre' in quite some time. It is not just a "slice and dice" B movie. Read more
Published on October 22, 2011 by sabu
3.0 out of 5 stars This movie I liked
I liked this movie, it had alot of action, she had to fight a samurai, ninja's, a evil sorcerer and a couple of other bad guys was pretty good movie.
Published on August 21, 2010 by Jeffrey Pauley
5.0 out of 5 stars Opening a can of kick butt!
Good action movie. The heroine is cute and tough! This is not a movie to take too seriously but lots of good Chambara action. Worth having in your collection.
Published on May 31, 2009 by Walter J. Hofman
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