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Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs

4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Description

Agent Zero (Miki Sugimoto) is a cop that uses her own methods for dealing with criminals. After she unlawfully kills a rapist in a violent fashion, she is sent to prison and stripped of her badge. But very soon after, a rich politician's daughter is kidnapped by a ruthless gang. Agent Zero is let out of prison with the mission of going undercover to find the politician's daughter and return her safely. Using her deadly red handcuffs, she disposes of the criminals one by one. Fast paced and highly entertaining, Zero Woman Red Handcuffs is a 70's exploitation masterpiece.

Review

"Originally released in 1974, the transfer for this film is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1" -- www.animeondvd.com

"This progressive scan transfer is virtually flawless as there are only a few minor instances of specs of dirt." -- www.10kbullets.com

Special Features

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Chapter Selection
  • Motion Menu
  • Legendary cult classic available for the first time in the United States on any format. Completely uncut and unedited.

Product Details

  • Actors: Miki Sugimoto, Eiji Gô, Tetsurô Tanba, Hideo Murota, Yôko Mihara
  • Directors: Yukio Noda
  • Writers: Fumio Kônami, Hirô Matsuda, Tooru Shinohara
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Discotech Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B9E2NQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,950 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs" on IMDb

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Fans of '70s Japanese Cult Cinema, in the vein of THE STREET FIGHTER, LADY SNOWBLOOD and SUKEBAN DEKA, should not hesitate to pick up this violent, stylish and outlandish Toei action film directed by Yukio Noda. If you squirm at PULP FICTION/KILL BILL-style violence, avoid this film -- but, if you liked any of the above-mentioned titles, ZERO WOMAN: RED HANDCUFFS is a must-see film!

Based on the manga by Toru Shinohara, the story is about a special police agent (Miki Sugimoto) who is arrested for the killing of a serial rapist, who turns out to be a foreign diplomat. But when the daughter of Japan's next Prime Minister (YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE's Tetsuro Tanba) is kidnapped, the police are ordered to retrieve her and eliminate the culprits (lead by KAMEN RIDER V3's Eiji Go). They release the incarcerated policewoman -- now codenamed: "Zero", is offered a pardon as long as does their dirty work and returns the daughter alive. When the situation gets out of hand, and threatens his future, the dirty politico orders everyone dead -- including Zero and his daughter. Then, all hell breaks loose in a psychotic cavalcade of blood and fury, as Zero resolves to follow her mission objective through at all costs.

Disc Review: Discotek's audio and video presentation is about equal to similar Toei titles recently issued by Adness America/Ventura Distribution (although Ventura's titles seem to have less speckling and grain). The subtitles are fine for the most part (translating the Japanese "Sori" for "President", instead of "Prime Minister"), and all of the cast and credits are translated (although there are some incorrect translations for names - which is not uncommon).
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Don't confuse this with those 90's Zero Woman films, this original film is the cream of the crop! Long unavailable on DVD anywhere in the world, Discotek has finally made it available to Western audiences. Red Handcuffs is based on the original manga series written by Toru Shinohara, who also created the Prisoner Scorpion manga.

This movie is ruff, nasty, raunchy, and as over the top as you can get! Nudity, violence, and sex fills the film from beginning to end. Zero (played by the beautiful Miki Sugimoto) is a rebel cop that is not afraid to shoot first and ask questions later. This kind of behavior gets her thrown in jail with the same trash that she is used to cleaning off the streets. Given a chance at redemption, she is brought back on a secret mission to rescue a high ranking politician's (played by the legendary Tetsuro Tanba) daughter from a gang of crazed rapists.

All hell breaks loose once she's undercover and the blood, clothes, and Red Handcuffs start flying! In order to keep her cover she must endure everything this sick gang of psychos can throw at her. Keeping cool she stays close to the kidnapped girl and close to her weapon of choice while waiting for her opportunity to strike. Climaxing in a blood filled showdown in a windy deserted Navy base, this film is a nonstop ride from beginning to end. The video quality and packaging are top notch. Inside the limited slip cover is an alternate cover that features some of the nastier and naughtier scenes. I've read that these limited versions will be sold out very soon and the packaging won't be duplicated once gone. Highly recommended and a must-have for fans of Japanese cinema!
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This is THE original and the best Zero Woman. Sugimoto Miki is stunningly gorgeous and right on the mark for some tough girl, raunchy action with sex and madness spliced right in. This is also one of the wildest Yoko Mihara performances. If you like beautiful Asian women(which I love), raunchy sex, arterial spray and action then "Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs" is right up your alley. Buy this along with "The Pinky Violence Collection" and "Sex & Fury" to take a wild ride on Japanese cinema of the 70's. Don't forget her partner-in-crime Ike Reiko(also absolutely gorgeous). If you are not aware, also buy the "Female Prisoner Scorpion" and "Lady Snowblood" films; as Kaji Meiko is ever so captivating. They are not too many films made like this anymore, especially in the U.S., except for maybe "Kill Bill", "Sin City" and "Fight Club". "Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs" is a MUST BUY!!!
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I usually never take the time to write reviews for films, but I made an exception for this classic trash masterpiece. This movie came to my attention from an ad for it in the October edition of Rue Morgue magazine. Exploitation is my genre, so this movie looked to be right up my alley. Man!!! I am so glad I took the chance on this movie. I thought i've seen it all, but this movie played like a lost gem. I never heard of the Zero Woman series nor did I know that there was a Japanese exploitation sub-genre. It seems like the producer/ director were trying to copy the raw blaxploitation action formula that was popular from the early to mid 70's. The Zero woman character is as cold blooded as Rick James. This movie has it all. To Zero Woman's red handcuffs that work as zany as the "Master of the Flying Guillitines" weapon. One guy takes a gun shot to the nuts and dudes balls blow up big time. The villians are very colorful and also stupid which is always fun. One of the japanese villians in particular is funny as hell to watch. My man is dressed up to look american and is also shot so you cant really make out his eyes. It's so obvious it stands out. Dude is dressed up in a matching jean jacket outfit with a red bandanna, a train conductor hat and some big ass Burt Reynolds mirrored sunglasses. Everything is so over the top in this movie it just knocked me flat out on my ass. I bet Tarantino probably owns this DVD. The movie is that cool. Discoteck's transfer is great and their packaging is slick, especially with the inner sleeve picture of the video cassette cover. Even though this disc has no extras, it's more than worth it for this film. Besides you buy these dvd's for the movie anyway. As Prince says in the song "Gett Off", "I guarantee that you won't be bored". Keep rockin those roller skates Discotek.
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