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High Kick Girl (2009)

Rina Takeda , Fuyuhiko Nishi  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rina Takeda
  • Directors: Fuyuhiko Nishi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XTBE6A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A high-school girl named Kei Tsuchida, who is born with extraordinary athletic ability, joins a karate dojo and quickly outshines the boys. Despite her accomplishments, the master Matsumura does not award her the coveted ''Blackbelt''. As Kei's resentment towards Matsumura grows, she joins a rival fighting group called Kowashiya. The leader of Kowashiya lures fighters who are struggling for money as there is no guarantee of a promised future, fame, money or stability for fighters like them. Kei soon learns that the leader is planning an attack on her master Matsumura. Kei is shocked, but it is too late. The elite fighters of Kowashiya kidnap Kei and are on their way to destroy Matsumura. Matsumura, who never fights in front of Kei, now stands to save Kei. At last, the ultimate fight begins...

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HIGH KICK GIRL ("Hai kikku gâru!") is watchable once you disregard the bare-bones plot, that the characters aren't given much backstory, and that the interaction of the cast rings wooden. The slipshod production values inform you that the film was perhaps budgeted on change that someone dug out from under their sofa cushions. There's a whole lot of amateur in this flick, cinema-wise. The karate stuff, that's the real shizzy.

HIGH KICK GIRL is a film of non-firsts in terms of story elements. Kei Tsuchida is a high school girl who demonstrates an aptitude for martial arts, but she's going about it all wrong, or to get all purple-prosy, Kei Tsuchida is straying from the path of righteousness and enlightenment. Kei, still a brown belt, chafes under her sensei Yoshiaki Matsumura's philosophy which stresses the importance of mastering the katas and employing karate primarily for protection and survival. Matsumura preaches: "In order to be strong, kata practice is best." But Kei, impatient and in private, sniffs disdainfully at that. Kei would rather show off her skills. Kei has got her swagger on, all plaid mini-skirt and dismissive demeanor.

Eager to prove herself, she gains a reputation for hunting black belts, crashing rival dojos and challenging (and humiliating) the teachers. She even ends up wiping out an entire dojo. Wise Master Matsumura disapproves, no surprise, and he riffs on that age-old blah-blah-blah about serenity and violence as a last resort and maybe even about the beauty of bamboo shoots by moonlight and such (okay, I'm paraphrasing). Just to show how much Kei takes her sensei's lecture to heart, she promptly responds to a recruitment offer from a shady organization called the Destroyers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Osu! June 22, 2010
So I decided to give this movie "High Kick Girl" a try in spite of it's moronic title. Why? Because I like girls. Girls who kick high are a plus. I expected a cheesy, stupid popcorn flick possibly with a great sense of humor and some sweet action. I got more than I expected, but also less. High Kick Girl is a film with a split personality disorder that aims much higher than you would expect and almost hits all the marks it's shooting for, but in the end winds up only half-fulfilling any of them. Martial-arts fanatics shouldn't hesitate to rush out and see it, but be expecting some major letdowns to go along with some outstanding awesomeness. I will dedicate a paragraph to each personality this film displays and list the successes and failures of each in this review to give you an idea of what this film is and what it should have been.

First and foremost, High Kick Girl kicks butt. Anytime you see a DVD with a Japanese schoolgirl kicking high, you expect nonstop cheese and exploitation. However, what surprised me is how amazingly skilled the cast of this film are. Right from the first scene featuring star Rina Takeda arrogantly walking through the middle of a line of practicing karatekas up to the biggest black belt and kicking him straight in the head before leveling the rest of the school, I thought to myself "this girl is the real deal". Almost like a female Bruce Lee in her skill and fight charisma. And hell yes, there are homages to the fallen martial-arts hero aplenty. The beauty, technique, and power of karate are on full display throughout this film and a lot of it is downright awe-inspiring. Unfortunately, even this simplest aspect is screwed up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ever since Jeeja Yanin made her debut as a premier female martial arts superstar in "Chocolate", I knew it was only a matter of time before real-life female martial artists made it to the big screen. Well, Female Karate Champion Rina Takeda makes her debut in "HIGH-KICK GIRL" (aka. Hai Kikku Garu) that also showcases a good number of real-life martial arts practitioners. The fight scenes were shot with no stunt men, no wires with realistic choreography; and it makes this its main draw. But it does define the spirit of Karate within the simplicity of its plot.

Kei Tsuchiya (Rina Takeda) is a pupil of a man called Matsumura (Tatsuya Naka, Black Belt) who proves to be the most capable fighter in the dojo. However for some reason, she is denied a black belt by her sensei. Restless, she goes around challenging other masters in other dojo's to prove her skills but Matsumura remains unconvinced. Restless and frustrated, Kei takes up a challenge from a rogue group of expert fighters called "The Destroyers"; this group cares for nothing except money and power--which may suit Kei's needs to prove her strength to her master. Little does she know that this group is after Matsumura's head. Now, Kei is the bait and she must learn what it really means to become a true practitioner of KARATE...

What I really appreciated about "High Kick Girl" is the fact that it pays respect to the teachings of Karate. The film is directed by the producer of "Shaolin Girl" (how come I haven't reviewed this yet?) and the fight choreographer of "Black Belt" so expect the film to follow some of the established elements about films about Karate. It was good, as the viewer is taken to a side that defines the art and its use in real fights and the real world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Liked very much,Nelson Gross
Published 2 months ago
4.0 out of 5 stars worth her first kick : )
The first kick Rina delivers in the movie to the arrogant karate instructor was alone worth the price of the dvd for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ema
1.0 out of 5 stars Be ready for disappointment...
It takes a lot for me not to like a movie. it takes more than great martial artists to make a good movie. While watching it,You have the feeling of a very...very... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Karate flick
I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. The acting is pretty good considering that most of
the actors are rally martial artists. Rina Takeda really is a Karateka for example. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael P. Destro
4.0 out of 5 stars Aloha
I like it because I'm in the Martial Arts(Karate), I also like the action in the story, its nice to see other people involved too.
Published 16 months ago by C. Among
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Movie
Alot of the fighting scenes seemed a bit "cheesy" and there is a over use of slow motion effects in my opinion. Otherwise decent movie!
Published 16 months ago by IronCroshu
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie
Rina Takeda is a great sport of these movies. She gets into the action right away , some people might think it is hokey, but I enjoyed it very much.
Published 20 months ago by Clyde L. Harris Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Inspired my kids to work harder at doing their karate, especially my three year old daughter. I loved that it wasn't violent and taught the karate should only be used for self... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tokysha P. Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Rina Takeda
Again Rina Takeda scores with another great karate film. I love her and can't wait for her next film, I would say get this film.
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars bad but awesome.
Loved it. REally ....make sure you get to the last act. It's actually a descent martial arts film. Oh and please don't go see Taken 2. just watch Taken over and over.
Published 22 months ago by Nikkor
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