Sukeban Deka 2 – The Kazama Sisters’ Counter Attack- film review

"Sukeban Deka 2: The Kazama Sisters' Counter Attack".
“Sukeban Deka 2: The Kazama Sisters’ Counter Attack”.
Sukeban Deka 2 – The Kazama Sisters’ Counter Attack is set following the Sukeban Deka III television series. An evil mastermind has gained control of a special enforcement bureau of the National Police Agency. The bureau’s main purpose is to brutally enforce the laws, and they pay special attention to juvenile gangs and petty criminals. They have great success, but they often kill or permanently injure the alleged criminals.

Yui Asaka plays Yui Kazama, a member of one of the enforcement squads, but she has some reservations about the methods being used to enforce the law. Eventually, she quits. Little does she know that her former boss is secretly plotting to take over the country by training his forces through the special enforcement bureau. Eventually, Yui and her sisters are targeted because they could potentially interfere with the coup plans.

As with all Sukeban Deka releases, Sukeban Deka 2 – The Kazama Sisters’ Counter Attack is so serious it’s darkly humorous. I like to tell people it’s like Get Smart, but without the jokes and gags. The production values here were higher than in the previous film. They also filmed on more locations, making it feel like a bigger film.

Asaka, along with Yuka Onishi and Yuma Nakamura as her sisters, did a good job as the three Kazama sisters. They worked together very well, creating a solid rapport on the screen. Satomi Fukunaga, of Onyanko Club fame, played Yui’s bodyguard in the film.

The plot was pretty basic, and one often seen in Japanese live films, anime, and manga. There were no surprises in how everything played out in Sukeban Deka 2 – The Kazama Sisters’ Counter Attack, which was both disappointing and gratifying at the same time. One of my favorite things with regard to the whole Sukeban Deka franchise is that I always know exactly what I’m going to get. Some may find this a frustrating part, however.

The music was solid, though I preferred the theme song by Yoko Minamino in the first film more than I did this one. Still, Fukanaga created a solid feel for the film with her “ハートのIgnition” (“Heart’s Ignition”). The incidental music was the same used in the other film and in the television series, which helped tie everything together.

Overall, Sukeban Deka 2 – The Kazama Sisters’ Counter Attack was fun, though lacking in anything which really stood out. It wasn’t quite as good as the first movie in the series, but it was still enjoyable. If you like melodramatic Japanese school girl fighting movies, this is a solid one. Otherwise, it may not be for you. I’ll still enjoy it, however.

Release Date: February 11, 1988 (Japan)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Original Title: スケバン刑事 風間三姉妹の逆襲 (Sukeban Deka Kazama San Shimai no Gyakushū)
Language: Japanese

MySF Rating: Three point zero stars
Family Friendliness: 80%

Content:

Alcohol/Drugs: 1 (brief smoking, brief drinking)
Language: 0
Nudity: 0
Sexuality: 0
Violence: 3 (some brutal violence, some blood, death)

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