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  • Actors: Natsuki Ozawa, Saori Iwama, Kane Kosugi, Hiroyuki Watari, Tomomi Miyauchi
  • Directors: Daisuke Gotô
  • Writers: Daisuke Gotô, Chiaki Hashiba, Tooru Shinohara
  • Producers: Hideo Sugimoto, Hiroshi Yamaji, Shinsuke Yamazaki, Yoshinori Chiba
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Media Blasters, Inc
  • VHS Release Date: December 15, 1998
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1890228540
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,185 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Brown on March 24, 2003
Format: DVD
I'm one of those casual film buffs who are intrigued with what folks can accomplish with limited resources. After megadoses of Terminator-esque computerized special effects, I love a good low budget flick where the film makers make the most with what they have. While this flick has its flaws, it is oh-so worthwhile to check out.
Natsuki Ozawa plays "Zero Woman," an anonymous secret police agent in the "La Femme Nikita" mode. The differences between Zero and Nikita deal both the plus and minus cards in the flick.
The minus is that we learn little about what landed Zero Woman into her career as a killer for the law. Such a drag, because they did give a hint of depth to her by revealing that despite her long string of successful and flawless hits, she never gets over the chill of bumping off people. She looks smooth, calm, even poetic when executing a baddy, yet she has morals enough to stay on the right side of the law, and not buy into "police loyalty" if a cop goes crooked. She is an intriguing character, which impressed me in such a low budget shoot 'em up flick. Just a little more explanation into her former life and background would have vaulted this from a slick B-Movie to a top notch low budget hit in the tradition of "El Mariachi."
The plus? I have seen scores of "killer chick flicks." I enjoy them whether they be artsy "La Femme Nikitas," or cheapy "Switchblade Sisters." However, while these gals are sexy with provocative dress and implied sensuality, Natsuki Ozawa drives new meaning into the notion "steamy & sultry!" There are numerous scenes of a topless Ozawa (including one where she tears a blood stained dress off her body while driving away from a hit during the night)that are genuinely sensuous, and come off as much more than cheap T&A shots.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on July 22, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
"I once heard that blood tastes like pomegranates. That's not true. Blood tastes more bitter, and warmer."
That's one of the thoughts that Rei (zero in Japanese, hence Zero Woman) thinks at the beginning of this crime drama. She's lean and has a pretty yet haunted look on her, but she's a skillful operative with gun or sword, and in one instance, a butcher's hook. Yet despite the experience she's had shooting criminals, it's eating her away. "Killing still makes me shiver. It makes want someone to hold me."
Rei is assigned to intercept a suitcase of stock certificates worth ten million dollars, but a group of young Chinese punks intercept the suitcase and flee. The suitcase is handcuffed to a gangster, but that doesn't stop them. A swift chop of the sword and there's off, hand and all. After that, she is assigned a partner in Kishima and she instantly falls for him, leading to a really hot sex scene at his flat. Her investigations lead to a fortune-telling shop owned by Ann, who happens to be the sister of one of the thieves. A nice visual image is made by the pattern of yellow and red flower petals swirling in the glass vase at her shop.
The yakuza, whose leader has a penchant for shooting things on his video camera, are also after the stock certificates and the thieves. He also has a nasty younger brother who rapes Ann when he finds her.
I also detect a note of realism this drama tried to achieve. One was Rei chasing after one of the thieves. After an extended chase, both are winded, and there isn't the usual Hollywood action scene where the cop tackles the bad guy, says "Gotcha!" or "Hands up!" Instead, they take turns at a fountain in the woods, Rei keeping her gun trained while she takes a drink.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "infernal_ritual" on October 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I give all the little orange stars to the red hot mega-babe, NATSUKI OZAWA! Mmmm.. She is SO yummy looking!! The movie itself is pretty decent, it is not bad at all, plenty of violence, shootings, nudity, and the beautiful shower scene with of course, Natsuki Ozawa! It's also great to see her blasting away all the bad guys as well in style.. She sorta reminds me of an Asian Lara Croft, heh.. Fans of John Woo movies may like this...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2001
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this dvd very much.But i felt absolutely sad for the heroine and for Anne and her brother. It is refreshing to see martial art fights without wire works as in Crouching Tiger.The fighters including the Heroine did All the fights themselves without stand-in's,camera tricks,etc.A great movie.Who say a good movie must be big budget? Look at Kelvin Costner's Water World!I understand there IS a sequel-Zero Woman Returns. I want to buy it if Amazon has it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dalton on October 10, 2001
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Japanese media "Idol" Chieko Shiratori demonstrates she comes by her status honestly by taking a turn as the icy cool Zero Woman in this intriguing Asian thriller. For an interesting discussion of the Idol phenomenon in Pacific Rim culture, see cyberpunk novelist William Gibson's great book, "Idoru" (available right here at Amazon), but in the meantime let's just say that Shiratori's images are all over the internet, as well as prominently featured in Japanese fashion magazines. But can she act? On the evidence presented in "Dangerous Game," some might say yes, and call for more! An unusual film for an Asian thriller, "Dangerous Game" has plenty of blood and violence, but the development of the two female characters who take up most of the screentime here (Shiratori's Rei - assassin and, in this film, bodyguard - and the cranky gangster's moll turned prosecution witness Rei is assigned to keep alive) is unusually rich, and their blossoming relationship runs somewhat counter to the expectations of this testosterone-laden genre. Shiratori has an engaging presence onscreen - beautiful, powerful, but with a touch of melancholy intelligence that transcends the comic-book limitations of her character. "Zero Woman - Dangerous Game" is an entertaining diversion, and hopefully a sign of good things to come from Shiratori; a woman who, with serious material and a skilled director, could perhaps bring her own, uniquely Japanese strain of the "velvet and steel" Asian woman to worldwide film audiences that has made Gong Li an international star.
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