Yo-Yo Girl Cop (2006)
Actors: Riki Takeuchi
Director: Kenta Fukasaku
Format: Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: 99 minutes
this live action version of the anime title of the same name, Aya
Matsuura is Yo-Yo Cop Girl, a special Japanese undercover government
operative who has to infiltrate a school to uncover a terrorist group
responsible for suicide bombings amongst the students.
As you might have guessed, Yo-Yo Cop Girl's gimmick is that she uses a
yo-yo as a deadly weapon, unfortunately not as often as one would have
liked in the movie though. There is some action payoff in the film's
climactic end, but Yo-Yo Cop Girl doesn't get that much opportunity to
do her stuff and the plot is too talky for its own good.
Not a lot in the movie makes much sense either. For
starters, if this movie is to be believed then Japanese high schools are
even more hellish than their counterparts in the West.
are hotbeds of bullying by cliques producing depressed and suicidal
students ready to strap explosives to their waists at a moment's notice.
But plot and character logic isn't what a movie titled Yo-Yo Girl Cop
is supposed to be about, which makes it even more disappointing that the
action quotient is a bit on the low side. The movie could have been a
whole lot more fun that it ultimately is, and one can imagine this
material working much better as an animated movie instead.
THE DISC: Don't be confused by the English
dialogue and Japanese subtitles at the beginning of the movie: your
subtitles and audio are indeed set to Japanese audio and English
subtitles (the best way to view the movie, unless you're Japanese of
course). There is a ?making of? feature, but it unfortunately never
tracks the origins of the character and we never get to see what the
original anime title looked like. Some trailers for other Magnolia Home
Entertainment titles are included of which a horror/comedy called
Severance looks the best despite the thick British accents in it.
WORTH IT? Yo-Yo Girl Cop is okay viewing
even though it represents a bit of a wasted opportunity really.
RECOMMENDATION: Worth a look-see for undemanding