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Masayoshi Haneda
Tomomi Miyashita ... Saki
Chiaki Ohta ... Mikkî / Micky
Raf ... Cocoe
Megumi Shôji ... Yuki
Ayano Tachibana ... Aki
Kanji Tsuda ... Abe

Directed by
Mari Asato 
Produced by
Kenzô Horikoshi .... producer
Atsuko Ohno .... producer
Cinematography by
Tsukasa Tanabe 
Film Editing by
Takehiro Ishitani 
Sound Department
Takurô Kôchi .... sound assistant
Masaru Usui .... sound
Other crew
Akihiko Shiota .... series supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Dokuritsu shôjo gurentai" - Japan (original title)
"Girls for Independence" - International (English title) (festival title)
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72 min
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Released as SAMURAI CHICKS - low budget fun, 27 October 2006
Author: LARSONRD from Eureka, CA

Very low-budget film from Japanese indie director Mari Asato, shot on digital video (DV), it has the crisp, unappealing look of video tape (in contract, SALVAGE was also shot on DV but with diffused filters, giving it a more filmic appearance). Never actually identified as Okinawa, the film occurs on Japan's southernmost island as especially talented dancers in a dancing school are recruited as warriors, to keep "The Kingdom" from being absorbed by Japan. The dancers have a special dance-step code that they use to communicate and, when they complete training and are deployed to Tokyo as assassins, to receive orders via a top music video diva. The film is a cute action film, competently directed if not fully professional in tonality and style. The actors who play the Samurai Chicks (which aren't samurai at all, but martial artist dancers) are all very good and appropriately cute. The fight scenes betray the actors' lack of true martial art skills, but Asato directs with gusto, and the film succeeds as an effective entertainment despite its obvious low budget.

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