- Actors: Natsuki Ozawa, Saori Iwama, Kane Kosugi, Hiroyuki Watari, Tomomi Miyauchi
- Directors: Daisuke Gotô
- Writers: Daisuke Gotô, Chiaki Hashiba, Eric P. Sherman, Tooru Shinohara
- Producers: Hideo Sugimoto, Hiroshi Yamaji, John Sirabella
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Subtitles: English
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Central Park Media C
- VHS Release Date: June 27, 2000
- Run Time: 77 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- ASIN: 1562199668
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,841 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Zero Woman - The Accused VHS
After murdering a crooked lawyer to the strains of a bubblegum-pop song, stone-cold government assassin Zero Woman (played by Mai Taichira) adopts a "stray dog" of a street hustler, a combination boyfriend and pet who hides a deadly secret. Taichira is more expressive than other Zero Women, at times even cheerful, but is still ready to lose her clothes for numerous showers and sex scenes. More muddled than previous Zero Woman films, this one abruptly changes direction from the investigation of a double agent in the government to a cross-dressing serial killer. Yet this sleek, low-budget video production has its charms beyond the expected boobs and bullets: the empty, artfully austere apartments Zero Woman inhabits (an echo of the film's inspiration, La Femme Nikita), the impulsive loyalty she invests in fleeting friends, and an emotional ferocity that takes over the unusually affecting climax. More than in any other film, Zero Woman here becomes a tragic figure, trapped in a prison known as Zero Division, doomed to the life of a killer, under the thumb of a bored boss who informs her "You aren't the first and you won't be the last." He was right: this was Taichira's only appearance as Zero Woman. --Sean Axmaker
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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. Many of these partially-clad scenes show her sporting her gun; yes, real life violence is horrid, but chicks who shoot guns in movies are sexy!
If there is one major turn off in this film, it is the repeated use of the villains sexually assaulting their victims to incite the viewers anger. If the rest of the film was not so well made, I would have tossed the DVD out midway.
If you opt for the dubbed instead of the subtitled option, the dubbing is not too bad with the exception of the drugged out villainess whose voice is more than annoying: her dubbed voice is toxic, like an amped-up version of the Mrs. Swann character on Mad TV.
All in all, this is an impressive flick done on what looks like a shoestring budget. Natsuki Ozawa's performance is top notch, as are most of the performers. Worth checking out.
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"...now I do!" - Hammster, after seeing Natsuki Ozawa in Zero Woman
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