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XX: Beautiful Prey (1996)

XX: Utsukushiki emono (original title)
| Drama
A policewoman becomes entangled in Japan's S&M underground, while investigating a gruesome murder.


Toshiharu Ikeda


Kip Kaplan (script adaptation), Tamiya Takebashi | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Kei Marimura Kei Marimura ... Yu
Makiko Watanabe ... Noriko
Ren Osugi ... Tagari (as Ren Ôsugi)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Bagnall ... Tagami (voice)
Jessica Calvello ... Noriko (voice)
Kip Kaplan ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Barry Banner)
Prairie Sabino Prairie Sabino ... Nurse (voice) (as Prairie Silva Sabino)
Ami Shukla Ami Shukla ... Yu (voice) (as Marcia May)


A policewoman becomes entangled in Japan's S&M underground, while investigating a gruesome murder.

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More a warning than a review
7 June 2008 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

"Beautiful Prey" is the first DVD in a LONG time that I immediately threw away right after watching it, feeling that it did not need to (dis)grace my collection. Just to prevent the same thing from happening to any of you, I'll just mention that:

  • There is almost no action in the entire movie

  • It is slow, dry and cheap in the style of the "Zero Woman" series, but without its redeeming elements

  • About an hour in, the heroine, a cop, goes alone, in the middle of the night, WITHOUT HER GUN, to catch a sadist that she suspects is responsible for at least 2 murders. She is captured more easily than a civilian would, and doesn't even try to kick her attacker in the balls or something. For the next 10 minutes, she is raped, abused, and tortured. If this sounds "cool" or "challenging" to you, you'll probably love this film. If it sounds sick or disgusting, you'll probably hate it.

To be fair, in its first half "Beautiful Prey" does raise some interesting points, especially about who is the controlling half in a sadomasochistic relationship. However, the moment it switches from the kinky to the sick, its fate (ie. the trash can) was sealed for me. (*)

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