Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 26th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2006
Director: Yoshikazu Ishii
Writer: Sato Midori, Yamamoto Norihisa
Cast: Kenichi Endo, Yoko Mitsuya, Mitsuho Otani, Mika Shigeizumi
DVD released: February 17th, 2009
Approximate running time: 73 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
DVD Release: Sentai Filmworks / ADV Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
At the core of Cool Dimension’s plot is a story about a female assassin named Shiori who was abducted as child and trained to be a killer. The latest job that she is sent on sets in motion her desire to leave behind the life she has been forced into. The plot does little to expand on her back story and why she follows orders from a man named Kurokawa.
Content wise the film retreads ground that has been covered in countless other film’s that prominently feature girls with guns. Also the film’s bleak ending is unbelievably predictable. The action sequences are adequate at best with the film’s opening sequence being the best of the lot. The film’s most surprising moment is a scene where a young woman is abducted and suffocated when a plastic bag is put over her head. Her killers’ take off the bag just long enough for her to catch her breath, only to put it back on again. The film even tries to spice things up with a sex scene that feels forced and unnecessary.
While the film’s three leads are all attractive and offer up plenty of eye candy dressed in their tight leather outfits. Performance wise no one in the cast really stands out. The more recognizable names in the cast include Kenichi Endo (Visitor Q) and Yoko Mitsuya (Noriko’s Dinner Table). Ultimately Cool Dimension is an uninspired action film that quickly wears out its welcome.
Cool Dimension is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors look nicely saturated and flesh tones look healthy. Details look crisp and even though the transfer is interlaced, the image remains stable throughout with no problems with excessive blurring or ghosting.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Japanese and removable English subtitles have been provided. The audio sounds clean, dialog is clear and the action sequences sound robust.
Extras for this release are limited to trailers for other titles also available from Sentai Filmworks. This release doesn’t even come with a menu, with the trailers preceding the main feature. Overall Cool Dimension gets a mediocre DVD release.