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Seiji Chiba Casts HIGH KICK GIRL Rina Takeda In KUNOICHI

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 Post subject: Seiji Chiba Casts HIGH KICK GIRL Rina Takeda In KUNOICHI
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:05 pm 

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At this point there doesn't seem to be much question about the talent of nineteen year old karate star Rina Takeda. The star of High Kick Girl and Karate Girl has definitely got the physical skills and a good amount of natural charisma. The question is if / when she'll land with a director able to channel those skills.

Enter Alien vs Ninja director Seiji Chiba. AVN is a hysterically fun bit of film making, stylish and fun despite the tight budget and short production cycle. Chiba is a specialist in ninja films, having shot several of varying degrees of seriousness, and he's cast Takeda in the lead of Kunoichi - the story of a female ninja fighting to free a group of women.

Released is scheduled for next month. I still haven't see her first two films, but they're on the list [please note: it's a fricking long list!], even if reviews have been "varied," shall we say - not least the damning one in this forum yesterday from Yāoguài. Guess I'll be adding this one to the list!

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 Post subject: Re: Seiji Chiba Casts HIGH KICK GIRL Rina Takeda In KUNOICHI
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:17 pm 

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Holy crap that's good news! I'm going to put this at the top of my list.

So far Rina Takeda is another female action star who has been better than the movies they made for her. I'll watch High Kick Girl 2 when I can; I noticed she gets to do some jumps in the trailer.

(There's another kunoichi movie on my must-see list; it's called Shin kaidan hissatsu jigoku shoujoken: Kyuuketsu Zombie to youkai kunoichi daisensou. That translates into New Ghost Story Girl's Deadly Hell Blow: Great War of Vampires, Zombies, Yokai, and Ninja-girls.)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:16 pm 

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The official website for KUNOICHI has been updated with a 90-second trailer. The film was directed by Seiji Chiba (Alien vs. Ninja) and stars karate idol turned martial arts actress Rina Takeda.

In the film, Takeda plays a young woman named Kisaragi who is abducted from her Koga ninja village along with three other women (Mayu Onomura, Shiho Fujisawa, and Kotono). The four of them are tied together with a rope and are led through the forest with sacks over their heads. Their captors are Shimotsuki (Mitsuki Koga) and Hizuki (Masanori Mimoto), ninjas from the rival Iga clan who sell the women they capture into prostitution. Suddenly, a mysterious man (Yuichi Sato) appears and releases the four women from their bindings, giving Kisaragi an opportunity to fight back.

KUNOICHI will get a limited late show release at Theater N Shibuya from March 19-April 8.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:17 pm 

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English subbed version now at AsianDVDClub.



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 Post subject: Re: Seiji Chiba Casts HIGH KICK GIRL Rina Takeda In KUNOICHI
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:10 pm 

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Cool, thanks for the heads-up. Just able to slide a review under the wire for September's update!

[Edit] Just a shame it almost completely sucked. There is one decent fight in the film. Oh, well... Some day, she'll get the material she deserves!


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