Directed by Yukio Noda
Written by Fumio Konami, Hirô Matsuda, and Tooru Shinohara
Cinematography by Yoshio Nakajima
Cast: Miki Sugimoto, Eiji Go, Tetsuro Tamba, Hideo Murota, Yôko Mihara, Ichirô Araki

1974/88 Mins/Color/Mono
2.35:1 anamorphic/Japan/Japanese/NTSC Region 1

Review from Discotek DVD

Zero (the extremely sexy and ravishing Miki Sugimoto) is a badass, take-no shit cop that does not play by the rules; when she has to takedown criminals. She also loves to use her long, deadly, red handcuffs as a weapon to maim her enemies. When, she kills a scumbag diplomat, she is sent to jail. Meanwhile, a pretty girl is gang raped, while her boyfriend (with whom she has a secret relationship with) is brutally killed by a gang of punks. They then kidnap her, and soon discover that she is, in fact, the daughter of an ambassador, and that she is to be married into a marriage of convenience. They hold her for ransom, but the cops and her father know they will more than likely, not let her get out alive. So, they bargain with Zero. They will set her free, so long as she rescues the girl and disposes permanently of the criminals, in any way she pleases.

This piece of “pinky violence” (a Japanese sub-genre named for it’s use of sex and violence) is one hell of an exploitation film! It makes no qualms or pretenses of it’s sleazy nature. Sugimoto is gorgeous and frequently nude, and other Japanese beauties bare their God-given gifts, as well. And, some lesbian teasing is thrown for good measure. The nudity is frequent, as is the graphic violence. The movie is brutally violent with vicious torture scenes and some of the goriest squibs I have ever seen! But, yet the acting is actually pretty good and movie remains to be an always engaging bit of cinema. In the end, this is one bad-ass film!

Discotek capture us with this release of ZERO WOMAN: RED HANDCUFFS. The movie is shown in it’s 2.35:1 anamorphic aspect ratio. The colors are soft and there is some minor grain and artifacting on screen. On long subtitles some of the letters get cut off, but they are still clear enough to read and understand. The Japanese, mono soundtrack is mostly good, with one minor pop or hiss.

Sadly, there are no extras, aside from the movie’s own trailer and a trailer for CUPIN III. But, on the brightside, the disc comes in a red keepcase, with a very cool reversible cover, that offers nudity on of the sides. Inside, there is an inlet card that shows the twenty-five chapters the film is broken into; on the back of it is a reproduction of the Japanese poster.





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Review by Giovanni Deldio. All Right Reserved. 2008. ©

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