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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Go go ninja women in 60's adventure spoof, a fun time

8/10
Author: ghedahl from River Falls, WI
10 March 2001

The "Black Tight Killers" are a group of go-go dancing ninja women who use 45 rpm records and bubble gum as weapons. The central character is a war photographer who meets an airline stewardess and unknowingly enters into an adventure for money smuggled into the country by her father at the close of WWII. The money is pursued by Japanese yakuza, American gangsters and the title five with spirited action that very nicely reflects the colors and pop art flavor of the day. All is played with a tongue in cheek style that nicely parodies the spy adventure films of the time. Enjoy the fun. Supposedly also known as "Don't Touch Me, I'm Dangerous."

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Fun Pre-Pinku Era Film From Yasuharu Hasebe...

7/10
Author: EVOL666 from St. John's Abortion Clinic
22 August 2006

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I knew enough about BLACK TIGHT KILLERS to not get my hopes up too high expecting a sleaze-fest like Yasuharu Hasebe's later-made and awesome pinku-shocker, ASSAULT! JACK THE RIPPER (which many - myself included - believe to be amongst the finest pinku films ever made). Even so - this one was a fun and quirky 60's-style crime/mystery that works well for what it is...

A military photographer takes a cute stewardess out to dinner where she is promptly kidnapped. Deciding that he has fallen in love with the girl, our "hero" decides to investigate her kidnapping himself, and ends up having run-ins with cops, gangsters, crooked businessmen, and a gang of go-go dancing ninja-girls who use chewing-gum bullets, deadly 45-records, and razor-sharp measuring tapes as weapons. It all revolves around the kidnapped girl and some stolen gold, and several groups attempts to retrieve the "goods"...

BLACK TIGHT KILLERS is a fun, brainless diversion. Hasebe makes good and stylish use of color, silly back-drops and eccentric characters to bring together an entertaining film. I can't say that I enjoyed it as much as the later, "rougher" pinku material to come out of Nikkatsu Studios, but it's interesting to see Hasebe's directing "progression". Fans of 60s-style neo-noirish crime/action films will get a kick out of this one. Hardcore sleaze and pinku fans who grab this one strictly because Hasebe's name is attached to it will more than likely be disappointed...7/10

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Great looking but not as fun as I'd hoped

6/10
Author: David Austin from NYC
11 September 2001

This movie is very similar in atmosphere to Seijun Suzuki's Tokyo Drifter. The best thing about it is the incredibly wild use of color, something one surprisingly rarely sees exploited in movies (aside from the occasional Dick Tracy or Umbrellas of Cherbourg). The film really goes all out on wild stylization and campy action. Also, no movie that features go-go dancing at regular intervals can be completely bad, regardless of how poor the dancing the is. However, the plot never really becomes interesting enough to justify the the love lavished on the sets and look of the film. Suzuki does this better in Tokyo Drifter, and if you like surreal sixties Japanese nuttiness, Branded to Kill massacres both. This is worth a rental but don't have too high expectations.

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Artistic with Elements of Humor Throughout

6/10
Author: Uriah43 from Amarillo, Texas
20 March 2016

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"Daisuke Hondo" (Akira Kobayashi) is a professional photographer who is on his way back to Tokyo after a brief assignment in South Vietnam. On the flight there he meets a young stewardess named "Yoriko Sawanouchi" (Chieko Matsubara) and promptly asks her out on a date. She agrees and they go to a bar downtown. While dancing she notices a man who has been following her which results in Hondo going over to have a word with him. However, when he gets back to the table he finds that she is gone. This prompts Hondo to look for him and when he goes outside he notices three women clothed in black attacking the man who had been following Yoriko. Upon quickly killing the stalker, the three women then proceed to kidnap Yoriko and subsequently leaving Hondo to be interrogated by the police. As it turns out, the man who was beaten and killed was a member of the Yakuza and they want information which they believe Yoriko has. Likewise, the women are members of a female ninja organization who also want this same information. Since he realizes that both sides mean business Hondo knows he has to act fast if he is to somehow save Yoriko before it is too late. Now rather than reveal any more, I will just say that this particular movie was quite similar in style to the popular James Bond films of the time but with a smaller budget and a definite Japanese flavor. I especially liked the artistic manner in which the director (Yasuharu Hasebe) used color to amplify certain scenes along with certain elements of humor throughout the course of the movie as well. Having said that, I thought that this was a fairly decent film and I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Super cool! I'd love to see some boutique video label put it back in print.

9/10
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN
6 September 2015

Hasebe's debut feature could definitely pass for a crazy '60s films from his mentor, Seijun Suzuki. It's a colorful spy spoof about a couple (Akira Kobayashi and Chieko Matsubara, who starred in Tokyo Drifter) who are caught between several groups, Americans, yakuza and lady ninjas, searching for lost WWII era gold that Matsubara's father is rumored to have hidden. It's the lady ninjas who give the film its American title (the Japanese title translates to "Don't Touch Me, I'm Dangerous"): dressed in black tights, they fight with razor sharp tape measurer swords, chewing gum bullets and 45 rpm records, used as ninja stars. The use of color is amazing and will definitely recall Tokyo Drifter. Released on DVD in the US in 2000 by Image, the disc is pretty terrible, with hardcoded and often misspelled subtitles which often disappear when anything white appears on screen. This probably accounts for why the story is difficult to follow at times, but this is the kind of movie you watch more for the image anyway. I'd kill to see this on a nice Blu Ray. Highly recommended.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Sometimes visually arresting, but frequently also boring

5/10
Author: gridoon2016
7 June 2014

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"Black Tight Killers" is a sometimes visually arresting movie, with a stylized use of color and a collection of pretty hot Japanese women making up the title bunch (one of the undisputed highlights of the film is the scene where one of them kills a man by squeezing his head between her legs while making faux-orgasmic sounds! - sadly, she is killed off only a couple of minutes later), but the story, about the search for a missing cache of gold, is meandering, uncompelling and frequently even boring. Ultimately, "Black Tight Killers" doesn't quite work, either as a serious action-spy adventure, or as a campy parody of the genre. ** out of 4.

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