Film #307: HIGH-KICK GIRL! aka HAI KIKKU GARU!
High-Kick Girl! aka Hai Kikku Garu!
3 out of 5 stars
A martial arts film whose story is pretty much a take on the standard “revenge” narrative. I would have given this film 1 or 2 stars had that been all there was to it, but… What sets this film apart from the hundreds of other martial arts films is that, even though some of the fight choreography seems slow and overly rehearsed, it soon becomes plain that the fighters are making real contact with their kicks and punches. Sure, the hits aren’t full force, but… it’s interesting to see someone react - and I mean REALLY REACT - when they get kicked in the head. Acting is EXACTLY what you’d expect… direction is as well. But still, martial arts film fans will dig this for its conviction and (dare I say it) realism. Silly, but pretty fun.