Gena witnesses the murder of her son by a Japanees hit-man. He accidentally shoots the boy during a hit on a rival gang of bus operators. Gena then dedicates her life to revenge, and seeks out the gunman. But are the other (mystical) influences involved ? Written by
I finally managed to track down a VHS copy of this movie, and I'm glad I did. The quality of the print is astonishing. No blurry edges or twitches to distract the eye from a superb little revenge movie. The plot reminded me of Ms.45. Woman goes a bit obsessively bonkers and vows to track down a tattooed killer when her son gets killed in the crossfire from a bodged gang hit. Cue hair dye, naff outfits, shooting practice and Japanese lessons. Woot!
The tattoo thing allows Harry Dean Stanton to reprise his wheezy old wise man role from Repo Man. A neat cameo from one of my favourite actors. Michael Madsen also appears briefly to sell his sister a gun. Well he wasn't going to sell her flowers, was he?
The surprising thing about this movie is the pace. It's relentless, and it has that moody low budget Ferrara/Cohen urgency about it from start to finish. Great performances all round from a decent cast. Shame the mob guys looked like extras from the Kojak school of pie munching. Seeing as their main role is as cannon fodder, that's forgivable. At just under 80 minutes, this movie feels way too short. It's a good lesson in lean mean movie making , and appears to have left all the excess baggage on the cutting room floor. Worth the price of the video if you can find one, and worthy of a few brews if it turns up on cable.
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