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Samurai Chicks (2004)

Mari Asato  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Mari Asato
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FUTV6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On of the southernmost islands of Japan, there's a dance school 'Orion Dancers Academy'. Hiding its public identity as a training school of singers and dancers, it actually operates as a girl-warrior training school, in order to win independence of the island. The secretly trained agents watch the music video of charismatic idol Cocoe (R-NA) on a huge TV monitor, and unlock codes from her dancing to complete their missions. However, the dark shadow of a rival organization slowly sneaks up on the girls and the training school on the island.

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Like I put down in the title field, Samurai Chicks is "...a fine low-budget indie import for those whose tastes lie outside of the American mainstream." Like other Japanese, Korean, and Thai films, especially with titles such as Oldboy, Battle Royale, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Nieghbor No. 13, Ichi the Killer, Machine Girl, Toyoko Gore Police, 13: Game of Death, and so on. If you dig such films, this one will be right up your alley, as they say. It is definitey a low-budget indie foreign film, but it is also an amusing, interesting, exciting, strange, and cool piece of film. Four girls at a Dance School are chosen to advance to the next phase, which consists of them becoming teenage assassins of the rebellion, fighting the establishment to gain independence for their little group of insurgents (The Kingdom), using a peculiar kung fu based on dance moves, throwing stars and knives, sword play, and doing what they were trained to do. Overall, it's a great move. And I hope to find many more like it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A let down February 12, 2013
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I read the synopsis, and a few reviews, so I took a chance and got this movie. I didn't know the movie was so political when I had gotten it. Surprisingly, the politics were the thing that bothered me the least. The movie was very low budget, the acting was terrible and even the fight scenes were painful to watch. The plot was far-fetched but ok, it just wasn't executed good. The girls were the worst spies ever. It was hard getting through the entire movie just once. I'll never watch it again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars YUKI KILL! April 25, 2014
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This is the Japanese version of D.E.B.S. It is cheese filled. It spoofs the Okinawa independence movement. Yuki (Megumi Shôji) was born during a riot by a woman with a ball under her dress.She enters the Orion Dancer Academy where she is chosen, along with three other dancers to be assassins/spies.

They must learn to dodge bullets and to choreograph their moves. Bad guys include a man in a Tyvek suit with respirator armed with a CO2 extinguisher and a frogman with a duck on his head. The dancers' weapons include Ninja stars and a fake boob filled with gas.

The film had me laughing in a few spots. In one scene as the girls run away, one of this tough assassins is failing her arms about in a very girly fashion. While the film doesn't mention Okinawa by name, it is apparent the southern Kingdom with numerous US military bases is said island. The film would certainly have more meaning in Japan as they make fun of their neighbors to the south, perhaps while Okinawa sees it differently. Sort of like all those popular TV shows of the 60's that showed southerners in a bad light, but southerners loved.

If you are a 5 star fan of D.E.B.S., you might find 3 star entertainment in this film.
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