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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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More than just a cute high school girl. She is a master of Karate!

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Absolutely one of the worst movies I've ever seen
23 May 2010 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

After Prachya Pinkaew's awesome Chocolate, I've been hungering for more female-starring martial arts movies. This one supposedly stars a teenage girl named Rina Takeda. Takeda isn't that bad in the martial arts department. In fact, all the martial artists seem pretty good at karate. But whoever choreographed the fight scenes was extraordinarily unimaginative, and the director is downright awful. The titular girl starts some trouble and gets her friend and herself kidnapped. They are being used as bait by a local karate gang to lure in her karate teacher (Tatsuya Naka). Much of the movie is actually Naka fighting, so the High Kick Girl is regulated to second banana status for at least half the movie (honestly, I guess I'm not too bothered about that since she's not that attractive anyway). The sound effects are even worse than those old-fashioned chop socky movies from the '70s. The film moves at a sluggish pace, with characters standing around staring at each other or their defeated victims for minutes at a time. To make it worse, the film hasn't even a hint of a sense of humor after the opening sequence (the only part of the film that's even remotely watchable). Each challenger from the evil gang is named for us via subtitles, yet only one of them can take more than two kicks before falling down, presumably dead since the final sequence takes place in a high school gym (did I mention the horribly unimaginative shooting locations?) and Naka beats up like 50 people (way less fun than that sounds). The first guy had to have been lying their for 20 minutes, and still he shows no signs of life. And, saving the worst offense for last, whenever there's a karate move that's even remotely cool, which, in the director's mind, is approximately 90% of every move the characters do, we get to watch it again. Sometimes it's in slow motion, sometimes not, sometimes from a different angle, sometimes not. Once in a while, the shot will literally play at normal speed twice in a row. I estimate that the editor padded this POS out another 30 minutes, bringing its grand total up to 81. To add insult to injury, the credits sequence ostensibly is meant to show us bloopers, in the grand tradition of Jackie Chan. But only in one of the shots can you even tell there's a screw-up. Most of the time you're watching the same fairly unimaginative karate moves for the third time!


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