A ruthless pack of thugs force mild-mannered, caught-in-the-middle-of-something-bigger Nami to murder her fiance's sister, decidedly ruining her pending marriage and landing the poor girl ...
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Based on the movie series of the same name from 1972 and on, the updated film is the story of a betrayed Nami Matsushima, prisoner #701, who is sent to a women's prison for attempted murder... See full summary »
A ruthless pack of thugs force mild-mannered, caught-in-the-middle-of-something-bigger Nami to murder her fiance's sister, decidedly ruining her pending marriage and landing the poor girl in the most brutal women's prison ever seen. Inside the hellblocks, she decides to stop being a victim at all costs, and ends up becoming stronger and even more vicious than the craziest inmates in the pen. She eventually escapes in a most unusual way, gets valuable fight training from a mysterious mountain man and returns to the streets in order to make the thugs who ruined her life pay. By this time, Nami prefers to go by the name of Sasori (translation: Scorpion). Written by
Mitch Davis for Fantasia Film Festival
Not being familiar with the original Sasori character, I sat down to watch this 2008 movie with a clean slate. No prior impressions, no expectations.
The movie turned out to be rather okay. Sort of an odd mix of exploitation, girl-on-girl violence and action movie. But it all worked out well enough.
The story in "Sasori" is fairly simple, Nami is forced to kill someone in front of the one she loves and goes to prison. In prison, it is fight-to-survive, and Nami have to toughen up to survive the ordeal. She plans revenge on those who wronged her, and the hunt is on. The story is fairly a no-brainer, as it is just straight out the violence road from the beginning to the very end, which makes this a very easy movie to watch.
Personally, I found it odd that in a Hong Kong produced movie where they speak Cantonese they had some Japanese people on the cast list. Well, that is not what puzzled me, but the fact that even the Japanese actors/actresses were speaking Cantonese (dubbed or not).
The fight scenes in "Sasori" were actually quite good, though at times they were a bit over-the-top, but that is to be expected from Asian action movies.
I haven't seen a lot of movie in this genre, but I found "Sasori" to be rather entertaining. Simple story that allowed you to disconnect your brain and just go along on the mayhem-ride. Fairly average acting, even though there were some fairly good names on the list, such as Ryo Ishibashi, Miki Mizuno and Sam Lee.
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