DVD
Sex & Fury

Starring: Reiko Ike, Christina Lindberg, Akemi Negishi, Ryko Ema and Yko Hori
Fabulous Films / Fremantle Home Entertainment
RRP: 15.99
FHED1989
Certificate: 18
Available 28 May 2007


Young Ocho is psychologically scarred for life when she witnesses, as a child, her father's murder. With only three playing cards as a clue to the killer's identity, Ocho grows to be a woman who will do anything to survive in order to avenge her father's slaying. An expert gambler and swordswoman, Ocho finally closes in on the gang only for things to become complicated when Christine, a British spy, goes after the same gang. In an effort to survive the women use the two best weapons at their disposal, sex and fury...

Sex and Fury (1973) was directed by Norifumi Suzuki and is an unapologetic cult exploitation movie.

For what should have been another poor excuse for scenes of gratuitous sex and violence - and to be honest I have nothing against either of those in the right context - the film is well directed, with good quality sets and costumes. The cinematography does not appear to be that of a cheaply made film and, if it wasn't for the aforementioned gratuitous sex and violence, there is little to distinguish the production from a mainstream movie. Ok, some of the acting is a little on the dodgy side and Christina Lindberg's voice-over is cringe worthy, but overall its not a bad film to look at.

The film stars Reiko Ike, as the adult Ocho. Ike, for a short number of years, became an exceedingly popular actress; not least because her clothes had a way of falling off if she did anything strenuous. The film co-stars Christina Lindberg, as Christina (That's handy). Lindberg was a Swedish actress who became known for her nude, raunchy roles before leaving the industry when it became pornographic and ended up owning and running an aviation magazine.

The fight scenes are often a strange combination of slow-motion action set to cheesy seventies music, a combination that removes all the tension. It might sound odd, but the film's major weakness is its reliance on the nude scenes, which after a while just slow down the plot. There isn't even that much variety in them, which makes the middle portion a little dull.

There is a generous selection of extras considering the film was made to be a throw away product. You get the original cinema trailer and posters, a stills gallery and text on Reiko Ike. Audio is Japanese stereo with optional subtitles and the print is surprisingly good.

I'm not sure that I could agree with the PR blurb, which states that, the film "transcends from iconic pop culture to the realms of genuine art". Well, actually, no it doesn't, it is a superior breasts and blades movie and will undoubtedly appeal to anyone who liked Kill Bill, but to call it art would be asking too much.

Charles Packer

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