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Lee Long is a martial-arts champion who the police use as an undercover agent to infiltrate a drug ring responsible for importing heroin from Japan to Hong Kong. When he is identified and imprisoned, the police pressure his sister, Tina Long, to help them locate and free him. She gets the help of Lee's martial-arts school, including the powerful Sonny Kawasaka, for the inevitable battle-royale with the drug gang, which includes masters of many different 'schools' of fighting. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
"Sister Street Fighter" is one of the best examples of the grind-house experience that Quentin Tarantino is always raving about in his movies. (For the record, I caught the original Japanese-language version with subtitles on Showtime early one morning last week, so I didn't have to worry about crappy dubbing.) The movie is a sequel/spin-off of the hugely successful "Street Fighter" films with Sonny Chiba. In Chiba's place, however, is Etsuko "Sue" Shihomi, who I must say is one of the most lethal screen vixens I've ever seen. Along with other high-kicking martial arts movie females, like Michelle Yeoh and Angela Mao (the latter of whom is best known for her role as Bruce Lee's tragic sister in "Enter the Dragon"), Sue Shihomi is not only very beautiful and very young (she was only 18 in "Sister Street Fighter"), but she is a true force to be reckoned with. Like Sonny Chiba before her, she uses a wide range of deft and lethal Karate moves that prove just that: she is a true force to be reckoned with. In "Sister Street Fighter," she plays a female Karate expert who is looking for her older brother after he goes missing while on an undercover assignment for the police involving drug trafficking between Hong Kong and Japan. That's really all there is to the plot and all you need to know. The director, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, isn't concerned with plot very much, and instead relishes in the intensity of the well-choreographed and executed fight sequences. As I said earlier, Sue Shihomi is a true force to be reckoned with, and she doesn't merely beat up her opponents, she destroys them with every lethal Karate punch/kick combo you can imagine. Fault can be found, however, in that the director seems directly fascinated in showing off Karate, rather than the various other fighting styles on display in "Sister Street Fighter." We also have a variety of weapons styles including kama, nunchaku, sai and three-point staff in addition to the Thai national sport Muay Thai (the "Amazon Seven" women); I just think that it's a little nationalistic to feature all these styles and make it seem that Japanese styles reign supreme over everything else. And you would think that with such diversity, these fighters would be given their due in their fight sequences but they're often defeated too quickly and easily, which if they'd been given their due would have allowed for some much-needed diversity in the fight scenes. But it's a minor annoyance, over all. Although she's not as intense as Sonny Chiba (he does have a small part as a Karate master who helps the Sister out) before her, I recognized in Sue Shihomi the makings of a true star and someone who definitely had some sort of crossover appeal. It's a shame that it seems that she quit making movies and decided to settle down with a family. Anyway, I'm giving the Sister in "Sister Street Fighter" her due; she's a beauty, and a kick - and that is one lethal combination right there!
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