When a kidnapped girl from an elite family is saved by a trio of tavern owners, she slowly realizes they are not what they seem; uncovering their secret training as assassins, she joins ...
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After a fortuneteller tells her that she's going to die soon in 3 days, An runs into a handsome but weird stranger who keeps telling her that he's The Death. His mission is to kill her with... See full summary »
Nguyen Vu is the sole survivor of his family who was executed by the empress of Vietnam. Upon discovering that his family may have been framed for crimes they did not commit, he sets out to bring justice and clear his family name.
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Buu Loc Tran
Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc,
Van Veronica Ngo
Nhat Ha comes to Higashikawa to find her father and accidentally meets Akira. They gradually form an unlikely bond through the language of 35mm film photography. Unfortunately, she does not know that Akira is hiding her a secret.
Cao Thuy Nhi
Phuong Anh Dao,
Cong Ninh Nguyen
France employs local secret agents in Vietnam 1922 to eliminate resistance. The rebel leader's pretty daughter gets captured. Later an agent seems to have fallen in love with her and helps her escape. He flees, too. Lots of martial arts.
Van Veronica Ngo,
When a kidnapped girl from an elite family is saved by a trio of tavern owners, she slowly realizes they are not what they seem; uncovering their secret training as assassins, she joins them as they use their home base to exact treasure and revenge from those who would dare visit.
I hear that this film grossed a pretty penny where it was made. There are different standards there, and different reasons for watching. How does this film look to a picky westerner?
If you remember the old Barbie commercials that used to air (and probably still do) in commercial breaks during the cartoon hours for children, you will probably understand me when I say that this film gave me a "We're into Barbie Assassin!" sort of vibe.
It felt.. not serious the whole way through. What was I expecting? I guess I was expecting the characters to stay in character. But instead they just sort of flip flopped between being stone cold assassins and girlie girls. Kill a man here, put a giggle there, a sword fight here, a discussion about love there. An emotionless killer one minute and your BFF the next.. It's positively dizzying. Is this a movie about assassins and vengeance or is it about relationships? I guess it's a little of both. But it really came off as more of an erotic story with a touch of "girl power" added.
OK, I can deal with girlie drama. What about the sword fighting and choreography? Unfortunately, things get no better in this department either. The sword fighting is ridiculously overdone. The stunts are cheesy and unbelievable. It's a little embarrassing when your awesome assassins are clearly being "helped" by the bad guys. Try as they might, the girlie assassins still move like girls. The male characters move so much faster and cleaner in comparison, it's hard to believe that the women can hold their own. Add to this the horrendous CGI work, and you have yourself a pretty weak series of action sequences. Trust me, it's bad.
To be fair, the girls were primarily picked because they were pretty. And to that I can testify that they certainly were very pretty.
I'm sorry to say that I was pretty bored overall. Personally, it just didn't entertain me. It really felt like it was trying too hard.
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