Director: Kurando Mitsutake
Written by: Kurando Mitsutake
Starring: Asami, Kairi Narita
Run Time: 86 mins
Seeking revenge on the psychopath that murdered his wife, a brilliant doctor (Narita) buys a young woman (Asami) and trains her to be the ultimate assassin. Using advanced surgical skills he implants gun parts in her body that she must later remove, assemble and use to kill her target before she bleeds to death.
I’m going to start this review by admitting that when it comes to this particular sort of cinema I am not that knowledgeable, in fact I’m a complete novice. I’ve heard of a few titles that are similar to Gun Woman such as Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police but I have never actually sat down and watched one until now and I can say outright that I just don’t get it. Look, if you’re a fan of this kind of cinema (and I know people are) you’re probably going to want to stop reading now, as it’s not going to be an entirely positive review.
Gun Woman, generally, isn’t a bad film as far as B-movies go, there are a few decent special effects, some delightfully cheesey costume choices and there is plenty (and I mean plenty) of blood and gore to enjoy. The main problem for me though was some of the themes featured early on. See, I’m no wet blanket, I enjoy trashy, gore-filled and shocking b-movies as much as the next guy, but it seems that violent rape and necrophilia featured in a film that, at least to me, doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously is pretty off-putting. These things are probably staples in these sorts of films but unfortunately they just aren’t really my cup of tea and it kind of left me with a sour taste in my mouth for the rest of the film.
I’m not trying to be a killjoy here but maybe if some of these things were toned down a little or perhaps if they were handled with a little bit more gravitas, I might have enjoyed the film a little more.
Like I said, not everything about the film was entirely bad, as well as the things I previously mentioned, the 80’s inspired soundtrack was a particular highlight for me and it worked especially well when coupled with the action movie montage we get around halfway through. There are a few cheeky references and nods to classic cinema dotted around that also left me with a little smirk on my face.
So would I recommend Gun Woman? Well I’m not sure entirely, if you’re a fan of this kind of cinema then yeah, I guess I would say you’re going to thoroughly enjoy this. But newcomers? I would suggest doing some research first, going back and seeing where these kinds of films originated, it’s something I wish I had done first. That’s probably why I didn’t get it and why some of it’s themes shocked me so much, now excuse me, I think I’m going to go and watch something a little lighter, a Disney film perhaps…