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High-Kick Girl! (2009)
"Hai kikku gâru!" (original title)

 |  Action  |  30 May 2009 (Japan)
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Young girl Kei Tsuchiya(played by Rina Takeda)is a very talented karate pupil, trained by her sensei Yoshiaki Matsumura(played by Tatsuya Naka). But Kei Tsuchiya is very arrogant and spends... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rina Takeda ...
Kei Tsuchiya
Tatsuya Naka ...
Yoshiaki Matsumura
Ryûki Takahashi ...
Ryôsuke Nakama
Kyôji Amano ...
Kenga
Masahiro Sudo ...
Ryûsoku (as Masahiro Sudô)
Akihito Yagi ...
Kûken
Kazuma Yamane ...
Tentô
Shinji Suzuki ...
Tenha
Mayu Gamou ...
Hien (as Mayu Gamô)
Kazutoshi Yokoyama ...
Kototsu
Ichirô Sugisawa ...
Tenshô
Hisae Watanabe ...
Shûrei
Misako Nagashima ...
Hishô
Fuyuhiko Nishi ...
Akagi-ken
Aya Sugiyama ...
Chôka
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Young girl Kei Tsuchiya(played by Rina Takeda)is a very talented karate pupil, trained by her sensei Yoshiaki Matsumura(played by Tatsuya Naka). But Kei Tsuchiya is very arrogant and spends her time degrading various other karate students in different karate challenges. One day she is approached by a mysterious organisation called The Destroyers, that wants to recruit her. But too late she realizes that it's not her,rather her sensei Matsumura, they are interested in. Written by curtherzstark

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Laughable, low budget karate
20 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Usually I start reviews with a plot summary, but it is not necessary. The title says it all. It's Japanese, but don't worry about having to keep up with the subtitles. None of the dialogue is worth reading. All of this movie is, is lousy fight scenes and training in between.

Now I could write about the acting, the directing or the production design etc. but I'm not, they are all lousy. Instead I'm going to write about the fighting, because when it comes to a movie like this, that is what is important. The fights are mildly entertaining. They are obviously fake. Very few of the attacks look painful. In a few shots it visible that the punch or kick doesn't make contact, yet the actor still acts like he is in intense pain. All of the fights are rather one sided and feature basic fighting moves. There is nothing amazing in this movie. No dangerous stunts or amazing attacks. Sure there are high kicks, but they are all replayed and disrupt the flow of the scenes.

Now I would like to touch on the camera work. I usual don't notice the camera work in movies, but it was terrible. There are jump cuts, shakiness and odd angle that make the fight scenes even more unpleasing. There also long pause to create drama, but only create yawns.

There is one good thing I can say and that is that the movie is inspirational for teenage girls interested in karate. The main character is someone that girls can relate to. She is also a good role model. At the beginning of the movie she is disobedient. Then over the course of the movie she learns to respect her teacher. It does teach some morals for teenage girls. It also show the amount of discipline need to learn karate.

Over all I give the movie a four out of ten and that is generous.


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