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Kuro no tenshi Vol. 1 (1997)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  17 June 2005 (Germany)
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Ikko, the six year old daughter of a yakuza gang boss witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents and is only saved from sharing their fate by an underground hitwoman who goes by the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Riona Hazuki ...
Ikko Amaoka
Reiko Takashima ...
Mayo
Jinpachi Nezu ...
Goro Nogi
Kippei Shîna ...
Shinichi Onda
Miyuki Ono ...
Chiaki Amaoka
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi ...
Zill
Hideo Murota ...
Mitsuru Amaoka
Shingo Tsurumi ...
Narusawa
Ren Ohsugi ...
Kusakabe
Daisuke Iijima ...
Noburo Yasuda
Noriko Hayami ...
Asami
Reiko Kataoka ...
Kotani
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruben Arvizu ...
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Bob Buchholz ...
Nogi (voice) (as Robert Buchholz)
Peter Doyle ...
Onda (voice)
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Ikko, the six year old daughter of a yakuza gang boss witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents and is only saved from sharing their fate by an underground hitwoman who goes by the nom-de-guerre of "Black Angel." Years after escaping to America, Ikko returns to Tokyo as a young woman. She adopts the name "Black Angel" and is out for revenge. Written by Axel Bellemonte <rev_cochese@fanboy.org>

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A Mixed Bag of gunplay, sex and dancing.
12 August 2000 | by (Honolulu, HI) – See all my reviews

Takashi Ishii's Kuro No Tenshi is a good action film but borrows too many themes and ideas from better movies such as La Femme Nikita, Leon:The Professional and Naked Killer. Reona Hazuki is perfectly cast as Ikko, the child turned cold-blooded assassin who is out to revenge the murder of her Yakuza father. Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi is 'Jil' her Japanese-American companion who helps her on her mission and steals the movie with his street dancing moves and peculiar Japanese-English mixed-up dialog. Ishii seems to borrow a lot from the Hong Kong school of gunplay action which keeps the movie interesting but the story and plot drag at times and there are many odd moments of fancy such as Ikko and Jil's dancing sequence in a hotel room which seem a bit out of place but I guess breaks the gloomy and tense atmosphere of the story. Viewers may recoil at a couple of scenes but the movie is very tame when compared to movies such as the Killer or Hard Boiled. Tenshii is an interesting entry from Ishii who has a unique flair for visuals and style but it isn't the best of the genre.


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