An exploitative made-for-video Japanese crime thriller about an undercover female cop searching for stolen stock certificates, ZERO WOMAN is in actuality little more than a showcase for an attractive Japanese centerfold model-cum-starlet.
Zero Woman, a female undercover cop in Tokyo, is assigned to recover an attache case containing stock certificates which was stolen by a trio of young hoodlums from a member of the Diet (Japanese parliament). Her partner is Kyosuke Kishima (Saori Iwama), with whom she has a brief affair. They
track the thieves to a female psychic, Ann, who is the sister of Ken (Kane Kosugi), one of the thieves. Unbeknownst to Zero, Kishima is actually behind the theft of the stocks and plans to sell them to industrialist/crime boss Kosei and use the proceeds to flee the country with Ann, his
Kishima gets the stocks from Ken's partner Ryu and kills Ryu. Kosei has Ann kidnapped to force Kishima to turn over the stocks. Zero and Ken locate the warehouse where Ann is being held and the two of them battle Kosei's men in order to free Ann. As the battle ends and Kosei and his men are
killed, Kishima appears and shoots both Ann and Ken. He reveals to Zero that he's suffering from lung cancer and will soon be dead. A coughing fit enables the policewoman to retrieve a gun and shoot and kill Kishima.
With its emphasis on a slender young woman with a penchant for gunplay, ZERO WOMAN comes across as a deliberate knock-off of LA FEMME NIKITA (1990) and its Hong Kong variation, BLACK CAT (1991), as well as numerous other Hong Kong girls-with-guns thrillers of the early 1990s. While the star of
ZERO WOMAN, Natsuki Ozawa, is arguably more beautiful than some of her predecessors, the film lacks the high-octane action sequences of its HK counterparts (replaced here by greater doses of sex) and suffers from a poorly conceived plot, haphazard editing, and unremarkable visuals (the film is
shot in a video process that boasts a film-like texture). Ozawa, however, poses well, looks great in (and out of) mini-dresses, and has attitude to spare, particularly when she utters her trademark line, "Do you believe in Heaven?" before shooting her victims in the head. (Violence, nudity, sexualsituations.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
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