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Geisha Assassin (aka Geisha vs. Ninja)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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!Read more ›
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While at first dubious about this movie considering how many others with similar titles have turned out to be nothing but skin flicks with little to awful fight scenes this one... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!)
I bought it because the cover looks like that girl in Kill Bill movie, but she is not and it was a very very low budget movie without much of a story but just instinctive actions. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Stacy
Great movie! Plot is as expected, "proving herself" and killing for her family's honor...great Kung Fu and excellent sword play. Love it! Seller was also great! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Freedom Cousins
If you enjoy a strong female kicking butt, then I think you'll like watching Geisha vs Ninja (Geisha Assassin)! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Hasasuki
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 on April 27, 2014 by A. Allen