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A sexy squad of female ninja assassins is hired by a ruthless magistrate to exterminate his former lovers, who threaten to ruin his reputation. Battles erupt with a hilarious mix of martial arts and magic--all in the line of duty.
Well "Yakuza Hunters: Final Death Ride Battle" is most definitely a movie made by and for a male audience, there is no doubt about that. Just look at the intro scene, it starts out with showing an almost fully naked woman, and that pretty much lays the standard for the rest of the movie.
The story is about a woman named Asami who is tortured and left for dead by a Yakuza group, only they failed to finish her off, and she staggers back from the grave, literally. Bruised and battered, Asami seeks refuge at her old gang until such time she is ready to take on the Yakuza and go face to face with Junko.
"Yakuza Hunters: Final Death Ride Battle" is fun enough to watch, because the story requires very little brain activity in order to follow, basically just switch to auto-mode and lean back in the couch and enjoy the action. But of course, a movie of this caliber and of this genre is not really one that is driven by a solid story. This is all about the action, the fighting, and of course the pretty (and often scantily clad) women.
As for the acting, well don't expect award-winning performances. Most of the performances in the movie were actually staggering and bordering on being painful to watch. However, the movie does manage to stay afloat with the sheer amount of action, women and brutality.
If you are familiar with other Japanese gore movies, such as "The Machine Girl", "Tokyo Gore Police", "Meatball Machine", etc. then don't set your sights up for this movie, because it is nowhere in the same league of grotesqueness and absurdity, nor does it have the same amounts of blood, gore and mayhem. However, I will say that "Yakuza Hunters: Final Death Ride Battle" does have just sufficient of blood, gore, mayhem and the typical Japanese grotesqueness to keep it interesting enough without tipping the scale and going into the absurd.
The fight scenes were working out well enough, though it is not on the level of Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan or any of those trademark Asian martial arts movies. There is a lot of bad choreography and execution on the actresses parts, but it actually works well enough, because it becomes entertaining that it is so bad at times.
To fully appreciate a movie like this, then you have to be a man and have an interest in Japanese action/splatter movies. I was thoroughly entertained by "Yakuza Hunters: Final Death Ride Battle" and will actually sit down to watch part 2 as well. These movies are well suited for watching when you are nurturing a hang-over from a weekend of partying.
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