Kunoichi Ninpo Cho, as you might know, were released in the US as the Female Ninja Magic Chronicles series, and became famous for having women blasting acid milk, fire, and all sorts of weird things out of their breasts and vaginas. The main series got released just in time for the 90s video boom and beginnings of Asian cinema imports. There has been other female ninja series (probably the Ninja Vixens 10-part “series” or the Lady Ninja Kasumi I don’t know how many but at least 7 series are the bigger ones), but the Female Ninja Magic Chronicles series are the queens of the female ninja (Kunoichi) sexploitation world. And now there will be another!
I didn’t know there were 8 of them (I thought there were just five!) but I guess a few of them have non-Female Ninja Magic Chronicles names in their US releases. Of course, there is also a Kunoichi Ninpo from 1964 which is based on the same Futaro Yamada story as the newer series was. It’s all very confusing. Female ninja softcore movies are rather popular, most likely because they do better overseas than the non-genre stuff.
This new Kunoichi Ninpo (entitled simply Kunoichi Ninpo for now) film will reunite Secret Undercover Agent: Honey & Bunny costars Haruna Yabuki and Yuuri Morishita, along with AV star Shou Nishino (sample creepy title – Skeleton Dildo Hyper Digital Mosaic) and softcore queen Kei Mizutani (the Weathergirl films). I am not sure who the final girl is.
Here is a promo reel showing highlights from the previous films. It is probably not safe for work, just copy/pasta below:
And the trailer for the new Kunoichi Ninpo (also probably not safe for work):
The new review is Secret Undercover Agent – Honey and Bunny, the first of the Secret Undercover Agent franchise. Yes, there is a franchise. This one didn’t even rate an imdb page, but the sequel does. Go figure! We got models being secret agents in a world of fashion spy stories. Japanese humor, no subtitles, beautiful cinematography, and chicks in skimpy clothing the entire time (these are gravure models, so no nudity!) Complete with tons of pictures and a clip, read it today!
2007 Directed by Keiichi Kobayashi
Written by Yoshiyuki Morita
From the land of Japan comes the first of the Secret Undercover Agent films, what is basically a showcase for two gravure idols. For those of you who don’t speak Japanophile, gravure idols are models that pose almost naked, but not quite naked. Thus we have no nudity and have to make due with implied nudity. Don’t blame me for the lack of naked chicks, this is purely a Japanese phenomenon. The two gravure idols are Haruna Yabuki and Yuuri Morishita.
The plot of this and the sequel is there is a secret organization whose name I haven’t ever figured out that does James Bond-type work in the fashion industry. So I am guessing Zoolander was also an inspiration. This allows for the girls to wear lots of skimpy outfits, while at the same time there being action and other things happening. What makes the Secret Undercover Agent movies stand out is they are beautifully shot. They seriously have some of the best cinematography I have ever seen in what is essentially an exploitation film. The film was written by Yoshiyuki Morita and directed by Keiichi Kobayashi, so they get the majority of the credit and blame.
The DVDs come lacking English subtitles, so there will be certain things we are guessing at. At TarsTarkas.NET, we don’t need no stinking subtitles! Another guess is at some of the character names, our rudimentary translation skills were put to the test and found lacking (partially because I didn’t want to devote three times the amount of time trying to find out a character’s name than I was spending writing the whole review!)
Now, we must try not to let exploitation films speak for a culture as a whole, though it does speak for a subculture of the main culture. Do you want Japan judging us based solely on The Hills Have Eyes 2? As far as exploitation flicks go this is pretty tame and would barely even qualify, if it wasn’t so blatant on showing off the gravure girls it could even pass itself off as a comedy.
Honey (Haruna Yabuki) – Shoe-throwing tough girl who spends most of the film not trying to care about anyone. I embarrassed by the smallness of her mammaries. Haruna Yabuki is a gravure model so there are a lot of pictures of her in skimpy clothes around the internet. She does not return for the sequel and the role of Honey is recast. But check out this gallery of images!
Bunny (Yuuri Morishita) – The newest agent, simple and sweet, also has a big rack. Said sweetness and big rackness makes Honey treat her with disdain at first. Yuuri Morishita can also be seen in Monster X Strikes Back.
Capp (???) – We call this guy Capp because we aren’t sure of his character’s name, though it might be Kamakita or Hanzai. He is the agent in charge of this little spy ring, and spends most of the film lusting after Honey.
Saki (Minami Otomo) – Reception girl for the spy agency, also specializes as a bartender when doing undercover work in big stings.
Nervous Guy (????) – The other male agent in the spy agency, Nervous Guy is sort of shy but doesn’t really do much except provide someone for Capp to talk to when the girls are undercover. Joins in on big stings like Saki does. I am not sure of his character’s name, but it might be Hacebe.
Shitagi (Fumie Nakajima) – The boss where Bunny interviewing for a job as a bondage gravure model and involved in some sort of illegal shenanigans. Is a fashion dictator, but manages to escape in the end. I am not sure what her name is, but she was involved in launching the Shitagi Collection so we are calling her Shitagi.