Yo-Yo Girl Cop

Overview

A female delinquent detective discovers an apocalyptic plot by a nefarious underground website in director Kenta Fukasaku's take on the popular serious previously adapted for the screen in film, television, and anime form. Asamiya Aya Matsuura is a tough New York City street kid who doesn't take kindly to authority figures. When Japanese officials discover a cryptic but undoubtedly sincere threat from a website known for offering tips on committing suicide and constructing bombs, they immediately have Asamiya ...
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Overview

A female delinquent detective discovers an apocalyptic plot by a nefarious underground website in director Kenta Fukasaku's take on the popular serious previously adapted for the screen in film, television, and anime form. Asamiya Aya Matsuura is a tough New York City street kid who doesn't take kindly to authority figures. When Japanese officials discover a cryptic but undoubtedly sincere threat from a website known for offering tips on committing suicide and constructing bombs, they immediately have Asamiya whisked back to Tokyo, trained by the police force's special operatives unit, and placed under the care of stern Kazutoshi Kira Riki Takeuchi. With few clues to go by and only 72 hours to spare, Asamiya must venture into Seisen High and wield her deadly yo-yo against a dangerous group who seems all too determined to set the city ablaze.
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Special Features

Making of Yo-Yo Girl Mission; Original Japanese theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Kenta Fukasaku follows up the widely reviled Battle Royale II with this cartoonish adaptation of the popular 1980s television series Sukeban Deka translation -- delinquent girl cop, based on a popular manga which also inspired an anime series. Yo-Yo Girl Cop has its moments, but it should be a lot more fun than it is. After all, it's about a gorgeous young woman who goes undercover as a schoolgirl and uses a yo-yo as a weapon. Featuring a cast of J-pop stars and an amusingly gruff Riki Takeuchi as Kazutoshi Kira, Saki Asamiya's Aya Matsuura boss, the movie gets bogged down in teen angst. Some of this works. Saki's visit to Kira's rundown apartment, for example, strikes just the right mix of humor and pathos. But then there's the overly long expository text-messaging/music-video interaction between shy bullying victim Tae Yui Okada and Saki, and a couple of key plot points severely strain credulity. The filmmakers spend an inordinate amount of time on the relationships between these characters, so it's disappointing when they later behave in totally incomprehensible ways, as is the case with Saki's apparent attraction to the strange sociopath Jiro Kimura Shunsuke Kubozuka, and with Tae's emotional manipulation at the hands of the sinister Jiro and turncoat yo-yo cop Reika Rika Ishikawa. These plot developments certainly detract from the film's "girl power." That said, the action, when it comes, is unconvincing, but fun. The penultimate battle, between leather-clad yo-yo cops, is a hoot, and Matsuura known as "Ayaya" to J-pop fans demonstrates serious star potential as the stone-faced, foul-mouthed heroine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • UPC: 876964000772
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,340

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aya Matsuura Asamiya
Riki Takeuchi Kazutoshi Kira
Rika Ishikawa
Erika Miyoshi
Yuki Saito
Hiroyuki Nagato
Yui Okada
Shunsuke Kubozuka
Technical Credits
Kenta Fukasaku Director
Takashi Komatsu Cinematographer
Mitsuru Kurosawa Producer
Shoichi Maruyama Screenwriter
Chieko Suzaki Editor
Shinji Wada Original Story
Hidemitsu Yamazaki Production Designer
Naoki Yamazaki Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Yo-Yo Girl Cop
1. Opening Credits [10:05]
2. The Perfect Candidate [7:22]
3. High School [8:50]
4. Looking for Clues [6:05]
5. Briefing [6:21]
6. The Hideout [5:52]
7. Back Story [10:19]
8. Introductions [9:10]
9. Mystery Man [5:10]
10. Rally [1:55]
11. Final Battle [12:08]
12. End Credits [12:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Yo-Yo Girl Cop
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      English 5.1
      English 2.0
      Japanese 5.1
      Japanese 2.0
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Making of: Yo-Yo Girl Mission
      Original Japanese Trailer
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