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...
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.