High Kick Girl / 2009 / DVDRip / 700 MB
There is an important distinction to be made with
Fuyuhiko Nishi's High Kick
Girl. As a star vehicle for Rina Takeda - the titular high kick
ing girl - it's more than adequate. If the goal is simply to serve notice that Japan has a legitimate female martial arts star on their hands, High Kick
Girl does a perfectly good job. Takeda commands the screen, she has good charisma, and - importantly - she is fearless in equal measure to her considerable martial arts skills. This film will very likely be a coming out party for Takeda and a calling card to further work on the international market, should she so desire. And - hopefully - it should do the same for Tatsuya Naka, who starred previously in Nishi's Black Belt and delivers a very strong turn here as Takeda's martial arts master. So, a better than passing grade on that front. If, however, you care to judge High Kick
Girl on script or technical merits - cinematography, sound design and the like - then the marks come in considerably lower.