I would like to be able to write than if you like the title - "Samurai Chicks" - you'll probably like the movie, but it's not that simple. It begins as a Japanese teenage version of the Hong Kong hit "Naked Weapon", with four girls with outstanding dancing talent selected to be trained in the arts of espionage and killing. The girls must have had some real-life dancing experience, because they're pretty flexible, and the one who plays Yuki in particular (Megumi Shôji) is just incredibly beautiful. I mean it, she is BEAUTIFUL. There are also some clever ideas, like the way the girls communicate with their supervisors. Unfortunately, the film gets too bizarre and ambitious (not to mention depressing) in its second half, bringing supernatural elements, black comedy, and even attempts at political allegory into the mix, the action gets sparse, and the plotting gets weak (how do their enemies always find them so easily?). Not to give too much away, but I expected a lot more "team action" from this movie. (**)
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