Seiji Chiba certainly likes Ninjas. As well as this, he’s
also the man responsible for Alien
vs Ninja, Rogue Ninja and Evil
Ninja. I can’t say I’ve seen the latter two
titles, but AvN was certainly good fun. This
production, however, is very much as the budget end of the market
– shot on video, with little evidence of post-production
grading to give it any depth, and clocking in at just 65 minutes,
it feels more like the first episode of a TV series than an actual
Rina Takeda plays a female Ninja who goes undercover as the victim
of a pair of women-traffickers who are kidnapping girls to take
back to their village and act as ‘tools of pleasure’.
The kidnappers have had their genitals removed at birth to stop
them from being tempted by the women they kidnap – it’s
a family firm featuring several generations of kidnappers, though
how having children to follow in your footsteps tallies with castration
is anyone’s guess – but are happy to brutalise the
girls, especially after Takeda and a mystery man help them escape.
While the two kidnappers try to capture their escaped prey, the
mystery man is capturing the women and forcing them to have sex
with a disease-ridden character he keeps chained up, so that they
can then be re-captured and in turn infect the village of the
It’s surprising that, with a plot so frantic and such a
short running time, Ninja Girl is actually quite
slow for the first 45 minutes. Most of the above information is
explained, at length, in large chunks of exposition, and it’s
only towards the end that we get a battle between our heroine
and the lead bad guy. This fight is a mix of high-quality martial
arts and some clunky choreography – close-up facial blows
are pretty unconvincing, while the sword play is pretty good.
Takeda could have a decent action movie career ahead of her, hopefully
in rather better films.
Ninja Girl isn’t dreadful by any means,
but it does feel fairly throwaway. As an example of the really
cheap Japanese video fillers that we don’t usually see over
here, it’s interesting, but as a stand-alone film, it’s
a bit too home-movieish to really work.
IT NOW (UK)