Aroview: A blunt revenge picture souped up as an over-the-top homage to 70s ‘grindhouse’ flicks, this “fourth film by Quentin Tarantino” will provide a rush for action fans, but as a stand-alone feature at least, this is more self-conscious style and less substance than ever before.
Ransacking the best of Asian cinema for this first part of a thinly-sliced two part saga, he joins the dots of his nameless heroine’s quest to get even with those on her hit-list, ascribing a different genre style (anime, blaxploitation, chop-socky) to each blood-spattered action set piece. Thrown into the mix are Tarantino’s trademark (and now overfamiliar) ‘super sounds of the 70s’, casting coups and other nods of iconic ‘cool’, but apparently missing is his ear for great dialogue and nose for the double-whammy surprise.
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3 stars (Good Enough) The epitome of a teenage boy's (Tarantino's) ultimate martial arts action flick homage: a sexy blonde ninja with a score to settle and a million soon-to-bloodied foes in her way. Starring old favourites Gordon Liu, Sonny Chiba, and David Carradine.~Tom H