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Samurai Chicks 
Written by: on November 4th, 2008

Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2004
Director: Mari Asato
Writer: Yoichi Minagawa
Cast: Tomomi Miyashita, Chiaki Ôta, Raf, Megumi Shôji, Ayano Tachibana, Kanji Tsuda

DVD released: September 26th, 2006
Approximate running time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95

Synopsis: An underground organization under the guise of a dance academy trains assassins in their quest to overthrow the government.

Samurai Chicks follows familiar formula and genre cliches with its story that revolves around attractive women with deadly fighting skills. The film’s premise and opening act are the film’s greatest strength. Then it is all downhill after that with the film retreading all too familiar ground without adding anything new into the mix.

The fighting scenes and acting are adequate at best. This is not surprising since the majority of the cast have little or no acting credits before or after appearing in this film. The only standout scene in the film has the four female assassins in costumes before they try to kill a government official. Ultimately Samurai Chicks is a forgettable action film that plods along to a predictable conclusion.

The DVD:

Tokyo Shock presents Samurai Chicks in a letterboxed widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. The transfer looks clean, colorful and detailed. The image remains stable even though it has not been flagged for progressive playback.

This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Japanese and removable English subtitles have been included. The audio is clear and free of any background noise.

Extras for this release include a brief “making of” segment (2:36), footage from the film’s premier (7:24) and a twenty three minute interview with director Mari Asato and supervisor producer Akihiko Shiota. All the extras are presented in Japanese and English subtitles have been included. Also included with this release are trailers for other films also available on DVD from Tokyo Shock. Samurai Chicks is also available as part of Tokyo Shock’s Horror Pack Triple Feature box sets which also includes Cursed and Japanese Hell. Overall Samurai Chicks gets an adequate release from Tokyo Shock which is highlighted by the interview with Mari Asato and Akihiko Shiota.

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