Karate Girl (K.G.) (2011)
Karate Girl (K.G.) (2011)
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Osu! Yoshikatsu Kimura gets kicks and punches out of his Karate Girl cast, but not much else.
Simple and straightforward is how the story plays out. A running time under 90 minutes is still long for what transpires in this film. The storytelling is tedious and serves more as a way to tie the karate scenes together.
Excellently choreographed, the fight sequences are a delight to watch. A few slow motion scenes and some repeats from different angles insert themselves throughout, but for the most part, the karate is show in real time; a definite plus. The hits also get that extra kick from sound effects.
Rina Takeda and Hina Tobimatsu are dull as dishwater when it comes to acting; however, the moves they deliver on screen are fluid and easy to see that they know what they are doing.
It's hard to argue with a pretty girl in a schoolgirl outfit kicking butt, but Karate Girl only has enough to be thrown into the average bucket.
One line summary: Absurd fantasy; complete waste of production values. ----------------------- When very young, Ayaka's karate instructor father was killed and her sister kidnapped. As an adult, Ayaka determines to find out what happened. She has her father's black belt, and the bad folks in the film want to take it in some ritualized way. Ayaka decides to fight back. Will Ayaka survive all the hostile attention? Will the two sisters reunite? Will the director get a better adviser about fight sequences? -------Scores-------- Cinematography: 10/10 Excellent, beautiful, professional. Sound: 10/10 Excellent. Acting: 2/10 Rina Takeda was one of the centres of the film, and her performance was not believable: too light, too small, too thin, too unprepared, too little trained, too slow, too inaccurate. Takeda's opponents were too passive and often unmoving; they seldom press their advantage when a decisive blow was available. This sort of PC nonsense is completely the opposite of convincing. The fist, barely moving, of a 100 pound woman stops and repels the flying kick of a 180 pound man? Never has happened, never will happen--outside of a film where the director holds the viewer in utter contempt. Screenplay: 0/10 Should have been billed as fantasy. There is enough material for a 15 minute short; 91 minutes is way too long, especially when the filler consists of insultingly bogus fight sequences.
This movie ended up being much more ridiculous than I expected. Really, you can't take any part of it seriously. It was obviously made on a very limited budget and the only point of it was to have the two girls get into fights. And most of the fights were pretty laughable. Bummer.
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