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Black Angel Vol. 1 (1998)

Kuro no tenshi Vol. 1 (original title)
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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 Ôsugi ...
Kusakabe
Daisuke Iijima ...
Noburo Yasuda
Noriko Hayami ...
Asami
Reiko Kataoka ...
Kotani
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Ruben Arvizu ...
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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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20 October 2002 | by (Carlisle, PA) – See all my reviews

This is part one of Takashi Ishii's "Black Angel" double feature. The two films aren't connected by characters, just a similar general plot focused on female killers. Both films have a low-budget feel to them, and evoke moods in much the same way that Wong Kar-Wai's "Chungking Express" films do.

Ishii really does a lot with this film even though it is considerably based on action movie cliches. Fortunately he manages to breathe some life into it with some excellent camera work (including a particularly well-filmed continuous shot), and the great performances of Riona Hazuki and Reiko Takashima (as the two main female protagonists).

One particular scene of note: Early in the film Ishii breaks up the heavy crime drama with a strangely placed song and dance number that is composed of one long 3 minute shot, from one angle. Very strange. It actually made me think of François Truffaut's "Shoot the Pianot Player." Early in that film a ridiculous dance number in the bar breaks up the tension in much the same way.


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