Gun Woman (2014)

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Released 19-Nov-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action / Horror Theatrical Trailer-x 4
Gallery-Photo
Trailer-Monster Films releases x 8
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 2014
Running Time 82:39 (Case: 86)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Kurando Mitsutake
Studio
Distributor
Gryphon Entertainment Starring Asami
Kairi Narita
Noriaki R Kamata
Matthew Miller
Dean F Simone
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Dean Harada


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, extra scene after end credits

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Plot Synopsis

†††† Gun Woman starts with a gunman (Matthew Miller) murdering a woman in her shower. He exits the house and gets into a car with a driver (Dean F Simone) and the two travel across the desert heading for Las Vegas. During the drive they talk about the killing of a Japanese man named Hamazaki (Noriaki R Kamata), a wealthy, crazed serial killer into various kinds of perverted sex. Hamazaki had raped and murdered the wife of a doctor (Kairi Narita) and maimed the doctor before leaving Japan for the US where he was well protected. So the doctor planned a special revenge; he purchased a female sex slave and meth addict named Mayumi (Asami) and prepared her to kill Hamazaki when he was at his most vulnerable, during sex. This involved the Doctor surgically inserted the parts of a gun into Mayumiís body and once near Hamazaki Mayumi had to break the stitches, reassemble the gun and kill Hamazaki before she bled to death. What happened, and the relationship between the two in the car and Hamazaki, is revealed by the end of the film.

†††† Gun Woman features full frontal nudity as Asami, her body covered only with blood, embarks upon her mission. Asami is a well-known face in Japanese gorefest films and has had roles in films such as Machine Girl (2008), RoboGeisha (2009) and Mutant Girls Squad (2010). Those films, while replete with blood, gore and gruesome special effects, were horror / comedies; in contrast Gun Woman has no comedy elements, intentional or otherwise; it receives a justified R rating in Australia and is certainly not for the squeamish as there are scenes of blood and gore, rape, torture, violence towards women and necrophilia that are hard to watch.

†††† Asami is obviously a good sport, going through a lot of the film being doused in water, punished with a grueling training regime or performing stunts naked and covered in blood, and she is certainly a compelling presence. The performance of the others in the cast varies: Kairi Narita is good as the doctor bent on revenge by any means but Noriaki R Kamata is just too crazy for words and the English language actors Matthew Miller and Dean F Simone are hampered by some very clunky dialogue, probably a result of the dialogue originally being written in Japanese by writer / director Kurando Mitsutake.

†††† Gun Woman is only Mitsutakeís second feature, after Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf (2009), in which he also played the lead, and he and cinematographer Toshiyuki Imai throw in a plethora of film school camera tricks including jumpy hand held cameras, lens flare, intentional glare and slow motion that, together with jerky, quick cut editing, gets a bit distracting especially when backed by a loud rock score. Subtle does not form part of this filmís vocabulary!

†††† Gun Woman is a crazy, violent, disturbing, bloody film in the genre of J-gore films such as RoboGeisha but without the humour. However, the film is far enough out there enough to be of interest to fans, Japanese actress Asami is certainly worth watching and the seemingly unrelated stories do merge in the end.

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Transfer Quality

Video

†††† Gun Woman is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, the original ratio, and is 16x9 enhanced.

†††† As noted, this is a film which uses a range of camera tricks that do effect how the print looks. Close-ups are sharp enough and colours generally vivid, with the blood a deep crimson but backgrounds are often soft. Blacks and shadow detail are OK, brightness levels and contrasts deliberately vary. Skin tones however are natural.

†††† Artefacts and marks were not evident.

†††† English subtitles in a pale yellow font appear for the sections of Japanese dialogue, although they can be turned off if people understand both English and Japanese. There are some errors, including ďmaybe itís no? so badĒ at 48:20.

†††† The layer change at 46:17 created a pause in the middle of a scene.

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Audio

†††† The audio is English / Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 at a low 192 Kbps. It is surround encoded.

†††† Both the Japanese and English dialogue was clear. Effects were understandably dull although the gunshots did have some sharpness. A little music and ambient effects were redirected to the rears and the subwoofer did add a bit of depth to the wind and the music.

†††† The score by Dean Harada was loud and sometimes intrusive, which suited the film!

†††† There were no lip synchronisation issues.

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Extras

Trailers

†††† Four trailers for Gun Woman (2:00, 1:04, 1:04, 0:34). They use basically the same footage but different music.

On Set Slideshow (13:19

†††† On set slides of the cast and crew. No music, the slides advance automatically.

More from Monster Pictures

†††† On start-up there is an ad for action figures Champions of Zorb then trailers for ABCs of Death 2, Dark Tourist, Devilís Tower, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla and Throwback that collectively run 9:22 minutes. These trailers can also be selected from the menu plus trailers for The Search for Weng Weng (2:56), Found (2:03) and Ravenís Cabin (1:55).

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

†††† The Region 2 UK release of Gun Woman looks to be the same as ours and there is not currently a Region 1 US release. The Japanese Region A Blu-ray is not English friendly and has no extras listed.

Summary

†††† Gun Woman is not for the squeamish and it lacks the comedy elements of earlier J-gore films but Asami is certainly worth watching and the film is crazy enough to be enjoyed by fans. Not a film to show to your grandmother however.

†††† The video and audio are functional. Extras are trailers and some stills.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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