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Sumo Vixens (1996)

Hana no onna sumô (original title)
The opening credits roll over a women's sumo contest at the Original Women's Sumo Institute, featuring the champion Wakazakura aka Kimiyo Sakura ('Kyôko Nakamura' (qv)), and Komasa Akagi ('... See full synopsis »







Credited cast:
Arase ...
Catherine Battistone ...
Kimiyo (voice) (as Catherine Luciani)
Domino (voice) (as John Billingslea)
Tracey Brawn ...
Bibari (voice)
Steve Cassling ...
Announcer / Fiance (voice) (as Steve Areno)
Eba ...
Setsuko (voice) (as Melissa Charles)
TV Director (voice) (as Bob Bobson)
Keisuke ...
Tonpachi (as Keesuke)
Aya Koizumi ...
Bibari - Domino's Secretary
Referee / Chief (voice)
Shôko Kudô ...
Komasa Akagi (voice)
Lynn Louise ...
Mari (voice)
Oryu (voice) (as Melissa Williamson)


The opening credits roll over a women's sumo contest at the Original Women's Sumo Institute, featuring the champion Wakazakura aka Kimiyo Sakura ('Kyôko Nakamura' (qv)), and Komasa Akagi ('Kei Mizutani' (qv)). [End of match not shown; characters established in later scenes, only.]

Zenjiro Arakuma ('Arase' (qv)) is released from prison, and given a talk by the Chief Officer, after serving five years for being a yakuza. Tonpachi ('Keisuke (II)' (qv)), his friend and yakuza assistant, has sold their Cadillac for lack of money, and now meets him outside the prison with a new vehicle, «more nature friendly» - a bicycle.

Meanwhile, Kimiyo Sakura ('Kyôko Nakamura' (qv)) is being attended at home by a Doctor; the former champ is ill, always thinking of sumo, but she is still strong enough to punch the Doctor away when she deems his attention to her chest is a bit overdue. Ruriko Sakura ('Eba' (qv)), Kimiyo's niece, is with her at the moment, and she wishes her aunt would teach her to be a star ...

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The Sassiest Sumo You've Ever Seen![USA]


Action | Comedy





Release Date:

10 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sumo Vixens  »

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Ruriko: I want o revive women's sumo. People have dirty thoughts about women's sumo, but I believe there's something more than that. Women want to release stress with physical movement, when they're frustrated.
Tonpachi: Well... Fitness industries are now doing women's boxing, called Boxercise. If we market women's sumo as a form of diet, lots of young girls might come and do it. It can be a good business, Boss!
Szenjirou: What is a diet?
Tonpachi: To lose weight and become skinny.
Szenjirou: Fool! How can sumo make people skinny?
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Does not live up to its concept
23 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Topless female sumo wrestling! Sounds like a surefire concept, doesn't it? Unfortunately, "Sumo Vixens" doesn't have enough vision to do the concept justice. The main problems with this movie are:

a) Too much (annoying) "comic relief" from some supporting characters.

b) Too much "story" - for example, the actual sumo tournament lasts only about 10 minutes, and when it's over the film needlessly goes on for 10 more.

c) Poor fight choreography - they should have either hired a good trainer, or let the girls completely improvise the fights themselves; they seem to have done something in-between, and it doesn't look too good.

It's not a total loss - after all, we ARE talking about topless female sumo wrestling here - and the actress who plays the bad girl nails her role, but it's something of a missed opportunity. (*1/2)

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