High Kick Girl – Rina Takeda -2009
is one of those films I have been waiting to see for a while, but the
Japanese import was like £60.00 to buy, so I waited till a US
RELEASE of the film before investing a lot less.
as with all films that you wait for in anticipation, we are often let
down more than Not. But I can rightly say that 'High Kick Girl' was
Takeda a real-life Karate champion stars in this film as Kei a high
school student and Karate Student under Yoshiaki Matsumura. Now Kei
is a Brown Belt and longs for her Black Belt. She does not understand
why her Sensei will not grade her, so she goes around challenging the
Black Belts at local schools and beating them.
Teacher Yoshiaki tries to explain it's not about fighting and beating
people but spirit and patience. He makes her practice forms as her
base but Kei sees it as a punishment, not fully understanding the
essence of Karate.
perturbed she still wants to prove herself to her Sensei. Now
mysteriously Kei gets a phone call from a man asking her to come and
join The Destroyers, who are a group of Martial artists who for a
price will do your dirty work or any other criminal activity.
this is her chance to prove herself she goes along, only to be met by
more young girls who confront and fight her ( it's so much fun
watching these young school girls beat the stuffing out of each other
thing is it's all a ploy to kidnap Kei and get her Sensei to rescue
her. The Destroyers want to kill him and getting to Kei they have
Yoshiaki hears what has happened he acts on impulse going to the
rescue of Kei.
this is the guy from the film 'Black Belt or Kuro
name in real life is Tatsuya Naka and he is one of the guys behind
Japans Karate Association.
though the film starts off with Kei being the star, in the end when
her Sensei has to rescue her. It's Yoshiaki that gets all the
glories. Having already confronted a Destroyer at a riverside, the
two battle within the river amongst the rapids, and what a brilliant
and hard-hitting fight it is, with each blow landing its target with
a resounding force.
here on Yoshiaki must go to the Destroyer's hideout and confront the
gang head-on, all members and the Big Boss are from Yoshiaki's past
and they want revenge. It's Now Yoshiaki must infiltrate the building
and come face to face with the Destroyers all at once.
going down the route of asking for his Student's release and this
failing, he has to fight the Destroyers head-on, and what a battle it
is. The only weird thing is our once-powerful heroine Kei is reduced
to a hopeless young kid who does barely any combat to help her
Sensei, and apart from a couple of Blows it is left to Yoshiaki to
the end, Yoshiaki is triumphant and Rescues Kei. Back in the Dojo Kei
is humbled by her Sensei who fought for her life, even more so when
she realized when fighting in combat how the motions of the forms
transformed into the fighting art that devastates the Destroyers.
Starting afresh from White Belt she must go through her belts again
to gain her Black Belt, but for the right reason and not to fight.
I must say is Do Not listen or take heed of other reviews that hen
pick at the film for having too many slow-mo scenes and repeat views
of combative scenes. These are here to show you the technique and the
power, and it does it to perfection.
short at 80 minutes, the film is a Blast to view and if you liked
Kuro Obi you will love this. Rina Takeda is brilliant as the arrogant
little girl who kicks Butt and each of the blows is so hard-hitting
that they hurt to watch.
then Don't take my word for it 'Check out the Outtakes at the end.
out of Ten = 9
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