Title: Sex & Fury

Also known as:
Furyô anego den: Inoshika Ochô (Original japanese title)
Anego den (Japan, short title)
Elder Sister: Ochô Inoshika (English literal title)
Ochô (Japan, short title)

Year: 1973

Genre: Pinku / Martial Arts / Action

Language: Japanese / English

Runtime: 88 min

Director: Norifumi Suzuki

Writer: Tarô Bonten (story) & Masahiro Kakefuda (screenplay)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070085/


Plot:
Ochô Inoshika (played by Reiko Ike) sees his father get brutally murdered when she is a little child. Many years later she's back to her home town Tokyo and while on the mission to rescue a woman who's brother just died, she stumbles upon the people who killed her father. She sets out to get revenge, but a British woman, Christina (played by "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" star Christina Lindberg), is there to complicate everything.

Our thoughts:
Okay, let's face some facts. I'm not a big Asian film junkie at all. I like plenty of odd Asian films (and a few normal ones), but they're usually not films of my choice. What I even more rarely watch is martial arts film from Asia, but there was one single thing about "Sex & Fury" that made me want to see it. You should know the reason already, but in case you're stupid: Christina Lindberg. The star of my favorite exploitation film, "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" and an overall pretty woman was enough of a reason for me to watch this little thing.

A little girl walks next to her father while playing with a ball. When the ball rolls ahead, she runs after it. As she turns around after eventually getting the ball back into her hands, she sees her father being killed by mysterious men. As he lies on the ground covered in blood, the little girl walks up to her father and he is holding three cards in his hands. One depicts a deer, one a swine and the last one a butterfly. As the little girl, Ochô Inoshika, grows up she finds out that the cards he was holding depicted the tattoos worn by the three people behind his death, and her revenge finally begins. That's pretty much the main plot for the film, and you might wonder where Christina comes in? Well, Ochô promises a man before he dies that she'll save his sister from being used for prostitution, and after offering 500 yen to get the woman out of there, she's told she has to win in a game of cards over a professional player from London. That pro is Christina. She does have a little more to do with the story than that, such as a love story that slowly reveals itself, and the fact that she's on the same side as the people who killed Ochô's father. I found the story to be very interesting and it definitely kept me hooked through-out. It was easy to understand while not being just another stupid and simple plot.

There was actually another small reason to why I wanted to see this film, and that is because I heard so much about how Quentin Tarantino used stuff from this (along with "Thriller" of course) for his "Kill Bill" films. Am I a fan of Tarantino and "Kill Bill"? No, not really. The man has made a couple of decent films, but overall he's just ripping stuff off, and I don't mean the good kind of rip-off, like how "House On The Edge Of The Park" ripped off "The Last House On The Left". No, no. He takes millions of ideas from films and puts them together into his own little thing, calls it a homage, and then he's being praised for being so original. Okay, that's enough about that. The reason I wanted to see this film because of that, is to be able to say how much better this one is. "Sex & Fury" has two scenes that was remade in "Kill Bill". The fight in the stairs, and the fight in the snow. Both are very good fights in this film, especially the latter. The first one is rather short, but it does contain a great fight. The one in the snow on the other hand, holy cow that was great. Basicly it has Ochô Inoshika completely naked while killing fighting off a bunch of people while slowly but surely getting soaked in blood. Plenty of boobie bouncing, that's for sure.

That brings me to the next two things. Blood and nudity/sex. This film has plenty of female nudity, and good female nudity on that. We have a fairly long lesbian scene involving Christina Lindberg and another woman, and we have plenty of other sex scenes. We only get to see bare asses and breasts, but that's good enough for me.

Blood-wise this films is alot of fun. It looks way too much like paint to look like real blood, but it somehow fits the film very well because it has an artistic feel to it. The film almost steps into the genre "splatter" at times. But only almost. This part surprised me alot, 'cause most films you hear are supposed to be bloody or gory almost never are.

"Sex & Fury" isn't flawless. Very few films are. But the flaws are few and not important when you're having this much fun. Basicly, the problem I had with the film was that Christina was supposedly from London. She's a Swedish woman, and us Swedes almost always has a Swedish accent, and so does Christina Lindberg. If only they would've said she was from Sweden instead, the typical accent wouldn't have bothered me even a little. Oh well, I guess. Really can't think of anything else worth mentioning here.

What can I say? I really liked the film. It might not be on my top 10 or anything, but it's without a doubt a film I want to recommend. I would personally say that to me, this film is to martial arts cinema, what "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" is to exploitation, and that's not only because of Christina Lindberg. Fun, artistic, exploitive and bloody entertainment.


Positive things:
- Christina Lindberg.
- Splatter!
- Plenty of nudity.
- A simple but good plot.
- Never a borefest.
- My favorite martial arts film.
Negative things:
- Swedish accent on a British woman.

Rating:
Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2/5

We bought this movie from:
SubDVD.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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