This week on the B movie docket is Gun Woman
Hello good people. And welcome to 50 B Movies: The Sequel. It’s bigger, better, and badder. The original 50 b Movies covered a wide range of B Movies. There was everything from Thankskilling 3 to The Void. Some films were funny. Some were unintentionally funny. And some were mainstream with far-out concepts like zombie tigers. All in all, it was a hell of a list.
Why make a sequel? Because narrowing down a list of 50 B Movies To See Before You Die was arduous. With so many movies to watch, one can never really know if the movie is good. Sure sometimes 5 minutes in, you know it is a real stinker. Other times it might take a half an hour before one realizes they will never get that half hour back to their life. Poof. Gone. But all in all there are many great B Movies that didn’t make the original list.
So welcome back if you are a LRM reader and welcome if it’s your first time here. Be forewarned we will be treading deep into the bush to pull these B Movies. We aren’t rehashing anyone’s previous 50 or 100 or 1000 B Movies list. Nope. So, prepare yourself for 50 B Movies To See Before You Die: The Sequel. Bigger. Better. Badder. Oooh yeah.
WEEK 4 – Gun Woman (2014)
Gun Woman is a wild movie. The premise is straightforward. But you are probably not prepared for this level of insanity. It reminds me of an ambitious foreign action film that very much would have been released back in the early 2000s. And for a film like this, that’s not a bad thing either. It has all the vibes of Takashi Miike’s Ichi The Killer plus the standout action of Gareth Evans The Raid.
A doctor bent on revenge buys a young drug addicted woman and trains her to be the ultimate assassin; to get her close to her target, he implants gun parts in her body that she must cut out and use on her target before she bleeds to death.
That sounds pretty insane, right? Some guy wronged by a sadistic madman poisons his own soul in a quest to rid the world of one of what might arguably be one of the vilest villains ever depicted. The film’s villain is like a real-world version of Spawn’s Billy Kincaid. Except he’s of Asian descent. And unlike Kincaid, this dude is known as Hamazaki’s Son. And instead of kids, Hamazaki’s son likes women.
He is a sadistic, degenerate, son of the film’s gangster Mr. Hamazaki. I may be understating things. Because when it comes to sadism there are levels. Did you think The Dark Knight’s Joker was sadistic? I sure happened to think so. But if sadism were an onion, The Joker would be the onion’s outer flaky skin. And Hamazaki’s son is the pulpy core.
There is one scene in Gun Woman that sort of lays out the tragic setup for the film’s protagonists and their quest for vengeance. Hamazaki’s son being the sadist kidnaps an innocent doctor’s wife. Hamazaki’s son enacts all sorts of cruel acts upon her. And for the finale, he has the doctor brought in to watch and say his final goodbyes to his wife. The walloping shock of trauma sends the doctor down the dark rabbit hole of vengeance.
And boy, does it get dark. The doctor acquires a drug-addicted woman. He holds her as a hostage as she goes through her drug withdrawals. Gun Woman has a tad bit of that vibe from Craig Brewer’s Black Snake Moan. Except instead of giving her Jesus, he’s giving her karate lessons and implanting a handgun in her body. Why?
Because Hamazaki’s son has a fetish for corpses. And this doctor has the scheme to get Gun Woman up close and personal with Hamazaki’s son. That way he can have his revenge. His master plan: pose this young woman as a fresh corpse and smuggle her into the corpse brothel. And when they least expect it, just as Hamazaki’s son thinks he’s about to get his swerve on with a corpse. Said corpses eyes should open and then she retrieves the gun from her body.
The doctor is going to some very dark places to get his revenge. And he’s taking us along for the ride.
I love a title that conveys what’s going down in the movie. I am not sure you can get any more on the nose than Gun Woman, the main character. Maybe if it were called, Implant Gun Woman. But that sounds a bit wonky. Best stick to the title, Gun Woman.
This cast is led by B movie alumni Asami Sugiura. She has starred in a variety of overseas produced B Movies such as The Machine Girl, Mutant Girls Squad, and Prison Girl. Ms. Sugiura pulls off some impressive action choreography in Gun Woman. In my entire life, I can recount watching a total of two movies featuring a [email protected]@ fight in the buff. The first movie was Eastern Promises, and the fighter was Viggo Mortensen. And the second film was Gun Woman. You thought John McClane was a [email protected]@ for fighting terrorists without shoes? You ain’t see nothing yet.
Watch it because it is a lot of fun. It may remind you a bit of La Femme Nikita, or at least the sequel we never got. Man, what would I give to see Luc Besson direct an adult Natalie Portman in a revenge quest. But I will not hold my breath for a true direct sequel. In the meantime, Gun Woman is the next best thing.
Watch it where?
Gun Woman is currently available to watch on Tubi TV.
How To Enjoy It
I recommend you track down a copy of Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises. So, make it a themed movie night, and watch Eastern Promises. Watch it. And then watch Gun Woman.