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23 August 2002 (Japan) See more »
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What do you get if you take a Sergio Leone-style plot and give it a contemporary Japanese twist? A Spaghetti Eastern, of course! See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ryôko Yonekura ... Saki
Shingo Tsurumi ... Mr. Tojo
Takeshi Yamato
Shun Sugata
Takashi Ukaji
Kenny Scott ... Sam Rivera
Lana Lesley ... Saki (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary J. Baird ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Lance Bowlter ... Sawashira (voice: English version)
Jeremy Carpenter ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Regi Crosby ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jim Damm ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Ellot Haynes ... Nishi (voice: English version)
Michael Hoffer ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Samantha Inoue Harte ... Hooker in Red Dress (voice)
Neal Johnson ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
David Jones ... Igami (voice: English version)
Tessa Kloppe ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Robert Newell ... Kaburagi (voice: English version)
Ian Patterson ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Sarah j Price ... Saeko (voice: English version) (as Sarah Richardson)
B. Michael Rains ... Ippel (voice: English version)
Katie Ramirez ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Shawn Sides ... Yuki (voice: English version)
Cyndi Lou Williams ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Cyndi Williams)

Directed by
Atsushi Muroga 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takeshi Hamazaki 
Atsushi Muroga 

Produced by
Katsuyuki Oana .... co-producer
Kazuyoshi Okuyama .... executive producer
Makoto Seya .... co-producer
Kazuo Shimizu .... co-producer
Masami Teranishi .... co-producer
Original Music by
Gorô Yasukawa 
Cinematography by
Takanobu Katô 
Hidetaka Ichiyama .... stunts

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What do you get if you take a Sergio Leone-style plot and give it a contemporary Japanese twist? A Spaghetti Eastern, of course!, 13 August 2010
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Director Atsushi Muroga's 'Gun Crazy: Episode 1 - A Woman from Nowhere' is a calculated attempt at cult coolness that admittedly, on paper, sounds rather promising: hot female bounty-hunter Saki ( Ryoko Yonekura), clad in leather and brandishing a pair of over-sized hand cannons, rides into a lawless 'town' in order to settle an old score with evil gang boss Mr. Tojo (Shingo Tsurumi). Styled after the classic spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, the film features a suitably barren landscape, slow motion gun battles, menacing stares in close-up, and even a Morricone inspired score (complete with whistling).

Sadly, Muroga doesn't quite fulfill the potential of his premise thanks to a rather cheap shot-on-video look, the lack of convincing gun-play from his star, and not nearly enough of the insane OTT violence one might reasonably expect from a Japanese film called Gun Crazy. Sure, we get the guns, but there just ain't enough of the 'crazy' on display for my liking (the film's closing minutes offer the most outrageous moment, but it's all a case of 'too little, too late').

If it had been up to me, I'd have given Saki a wider variety of weaponry throughout (and a lot less clothing), made her take at least one unnecessary shower, included a lot more in the way of bloody squib shoot-em-up action, and featured a climactic battle in Mr. Tojo's booby trapped lair against an army of robot ninjas, albino kung fu dwarfs, zombie gimps, and a pair of lesbian conjoined-twin assassins! (okay, okay, that might be going a bit too far, but you get the idea...).

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.

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