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||IMDB Rating: 5.0/10 from 618 votes
||Release: 30 May 2009 (Japan) /
||Genre: Action, Drama
||Director: Fuyuhiko Nishi,
||Stars: Akihito Yagi, Aya Sugiyama, Fuyuhiko Nishi, Hisae Watanabe, Ichirô Sugisawa, Kazuma Yamane, Kazutoshi Yokoyama, Kyôji Amano, Masahiro Sudo, Mayu Gamou, Misako Nagashima, Rina Takeda, Ryûki Takahashi, Shinji Suzuki, Tatsuya Naka
||Synopsis: Young girl Kei Tsuchiya(played by Rina Takeda)is a very talented karate pupil, trained by her sensei Yoshiaki Matsumura(played by Tatsuya Naka). But Kei Tsuchiya is very arrogant and spends her time degrading various other karate students in different karate challenges. One day she is approached by a mysterious organisation called The Destroyers, that wants to recruit her. But too late she realizes that it's not her,rather her sensei Matsumura, they are interested in. Written by curtherzstark
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The greatest cinematic invention is this: A cute schoolgirl in a short
skirt kicking butt. Yep, I'm a sucker for movies like this. All I ask
is that there be plentiful exhibitions of well-choreographed
buttkicking by cute schoolgirls. "High Kick Girl" provides a lot of
this for the opening 50 minutes or so, but then takes a turn for the
There are a number of positives to this film. First of all, there is a
ton of fighting here. I didn't actually time the length of the action
sequences, but it felt like they occupied more than half of the total
running time. This is a good thing. Secondly, the martial arts
choreography is 100% realistic. Not one move required the use of wires,
and most of the actors gave an impressive exhibition. Thirdly, the lead
actress has an intimidating, arrogant persona and it's fun watching her
taunt and humiliate her opponents. Fourthly, there are a handful of
cute schoolgirl baddies that the protagonist battles with. Fifthly, the
camera-work uses a lot of wide shots so that the viewer can see
everything clearly. There are also some fairly long sequences without
cuts or editing gimmicks.
Unfortunately, there are a number of negatives to this film as well.
The biggest problem is the rampant, undisciplined use of slow motion
replays. The viewer is shown a strike at regular speed, followed by a
replay of that same strike in slow motion. At first this was useful
because some karate strikes are somewhat deceptive and fast, but as the
film went on the slow motion just killed the fluidity of the action all
together for two reasons. First, slow motion replays were shown for
very basic strikes (e.g., a straight kick to the gut), which is
worthless. Second, the final confrontation uses sequences that are
first shown in slow motion, then replayed in SUPER slow motion. This
was a major miscalculation on the part of the filmmakers because the
scene just drags and drags into mind-numbing boredom. It felt like they
were just padding the running time to break 80 minutes. Not good.
Another problem is Rina Takeda's inexplicable turn from intimidating
buttkicker to worthless wimp during the middle section. She pummels a
whole school of big dudes at the beginning of the film, then goes into
a shell and plays victim/hostage for most of the second half. In
addition, she was fairly inactive during the finale and only took down
one baddie in a not-so-awesome fight. (Tatsuya Naka takes over from
there and looks impressive though.) One other thing that bothered me
was that this film introduces a really cool, acrobatic schoolgirl
villain near the midpoint, only to then completely forget about her for
the rest of the movie. This was another terrible decision by the
filmmakers that made the final fight even more disappointing because
the viewer will automatically expect a throwdown between Takeda and the
antagonist schoolgirl. It never happens.
I disagree with anyone who claims that "High Kick Girl" is better than
either one of JeeJa Yanin's films ("Chocolate" and "Raging Phoenix").
Yes, Takeda was very impressive and is a talent to look out for if she
decides to do more movies, but I suspect that martial arts "purity"
will be the only true reason for someone to prefer "High Kick Girl."
There's more to action movies than "purity" though, and JeeJa Yanin's
flicks have finale's that blow "High Kick Girl" out of the water
irregardless of whether or not wires are used. In addition, the
storyline to "High Kick Girl" is just as limp (if not more so) than
JeeJa's movies, so there's no advantage there either. I guess the
reader will just have to watch them all and make up their own mind.
I would still recommend "High Kick Girl" despite its flaws. There's
more than enough fun to make it worthwhile.
Tags for Hai kikku gâru! Full Movie
, Aya Sugiyama
, Fuyuhiko Nishi
, Hisae Watanabe
, Ichirô Sugisawa
, Kazuma Yamane
, Kazutoshi Yokoyama
, Kyôji Amano
, Masahiro Sudo
, Mayu Gamou
, Misako Nagashima
, Rina Takeda
, Ryûki Takahashi
, Shinji Suzuki
, Tatsuya Naka
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