A woman who has been confined to the apartment of a yazuka boss for four years becomes a police informer, and as a result is discarded by him, to be raped and abused by his gang. She escaped to the bathroom, recovers an automatic from the cistern and is tempted to end it all, but somewhere out there is her mother and her young daughter, so instead she comes out shooting, Even though she wins the first confrontation, can she survive the wave of attacks arranged by her former lover?
The eponymous heroine is forced to take on a variety of attackers using hand guns, machine guns, shot guns and grenades. She is helped a bit by an injured man who is dying on her sofa and communicates with her mum on her mobile. This is an extremely violent movie, taking place in real time (more or less) in a single room, with one or two excusions into the corridor and views on CCTV of the entrance to the building and the stairwell. There is a bit of smoking and drinking and, despite the poster, no actual frontal nudity.
|A View||Due to its limited release this outing received limited reviews and those who did review it mostly did not like it much, but I thought it was pretty watchable. Salma Hayek wears a vest really well and does a good job as the woman who almost accidentally kills a mountain of bad guys. There is a bit of plot but maybe it is one for those who enjoy shoot ‘em ups. I felt it was worth a second viewing when it came up again on my cable channel.|
|Duration||1h 32m||Rating (UK)||18|
|Source of story||An original screenplay|
|Writers/Script||Yale Hannon (story by Joe Lynch and Yale Hannon)|
|Starring||Salma Hayek, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Togo Igawa, Gabriella Wright|
|Additional Info||I enjoyed the fact that one of the characters “The Sadist” is played by Togo Igawa, a UK based Japanese actor who is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and whose recent work includes voice in “Thomas the Tank Engine”.|
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