Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (1974)
aka Zeroka no onna: Akai wappa
Genre: Pinky Violence | Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
Country: Japan | Director: Yukio Noda
Language: Japanese | Subtitles: English & French
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Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 87mn
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Agent Zero (Miki Sugimoto) is a cop that uses her own methods for dealing with criminals. After she unlawfully kills a rapist in a violent fashion, she is sent to prison and stripped of her badge. But very soon after, a rich politician’s daughter is kidnapped by a ruthless gang. Agent Zero is let out of prison with the mission of going undercover to find the politician’s daughter and return her safely. Using her deadly red handcuffs, she disposes of the criminals one by one. Fast paced and highly entertaining, Zero Woman Red Handcuffs is a 70’s exploitation masterpiece.
A surprise in many ways is this little seen but clearly influential thriller. Extremely violent and explicit with several rapes, beatings and torture scenes as extreme and varied as I have seen. It’s not all blood and guts, there is humour too and wonderful cinematography with fine close-ups and dramatic angles, plus a fine stylised performance from the leading lady in red. A thrill a minute and ever violent this movie still has time for jibes at Japanese culture and politics. ‘You can’t just kill me like this’ screams one of the baddies to a cop whilst his grave is dug, ‘It makes you as bad as us’ Recommended for those with a strong stomach.