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Asian School Girls (Review)

Asian School Girls

Asian School Girls
2014
Written by Tim Culley
Directed by Lawrence Silverstein

Asian School Girls
Four girls are drugged and raped, then set out for revenge in Asylum’s Asian School Girls. Asylum has been becoming a big source of exploitation film that has a more rougher tone. Their film Jailbait was a dark women in prison film complete with all sorts of abuses against the main character. Asian School Girls falls in the rape and revenge category, a genre I don’t watch nor write about that often anymore. Partially because my taste generally runs towards more fun films, and partially because of the of the disturbing things that come with those films. Some of the films seem made by people who are far more interested in the rape part than the revenge part. Luckily, Asian School Girls only dwells slightly with the rape and spends most of the film following the girls as they get revenge. Of course, things don’t go smoothly, and soon bodies are piling up all over, women are caged, and things turn into a bloody mess.

What we do get is some violent fun, with many awful people meeting deserved violent ends. And, yes, if you are a fan of dudes getting stabbed in the junk, you will be happy. A danger in a film like this is it becoming too exploitative, resting its allure to the stars being Asian, there isn’t much of that at all. You could switch them out with four ladies of any race and you’d only have to change the title and like one or two lines. If anything, these women are less like the stereotypical Asian girls, they don’t act submissive and surrender, they fight back and conquer.
Asian School Girls
Asian School Girls‘s weakest link is also its strongest section. The actresses who play the lead girls are relatively new, and the rapid pace of filming on a low-budget film doesn’t accommodate a lot of second takes. So occasionally line reads are a bit wonky. I know Minnie Scarlet was a last minute replacement who originally turned down a role, but she helps bring some energy the the group. Sam Aotaki plays a more laid back character, which makes her spurts of violence and profanity more clashing. Poor Catherine Hyein Kim’s character May gets the short end of the stick development-wise, with the other girls taking up most of the slots, but she does the best with what she’s got. Belle Hensathorn puts in a nice performance as the sheltered Suzy, torn between fun and very strict parents.

The girls will occasionally start bickering with each other as events unfold. This is actually sort of realistic because in extreme situations people will start freaking out and arguing, as some people can handle things better than others. Especially when there are different goals and ideas in mind. Despite their differences, the girls work together when the chips are down and make a good team. The arguing is occasionally tripped up by lines that sound like they look much better written than said aloud.
Asian School Girls

Hannah Takahashi (Sam Aotaki) – Hannah is the default leader in that she’s the more level-headed and reserved. That comes as a disadvantage as she’s not successfully drugged like the other girls were, but it allows her to see the people who did stuff to them. Hannah’s dad is a defense lawyer and says they won’t be believed, as no one believed her when she was molested as a child. The inability of the cops to do anything adds to her hostility towards the police.
Vivian Nguyen (Minnie Scarlet) – Vivian is the resident hacker superstar who is also a wild child. She helps plan their revenge, including knowing how to get access to weapons and how to raise the money needed to procure them. She is eager to slice guys in the junk.
May Lee (Catherine Hyein Kim) – May is the most well-rounded of the three main ladies. She also has the worst luck, but is the most into the workout scenes and is also eager to slice guys in the junk.
Suzy (Belle Hengsathorn) – Suzy is the shy virgin with super-strict parents, and that’s a recipe for a bad end. Her parents go conservative nuclear after she’s raped, and did I mention bad end? Because, bad end.

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - June 6, 2014 at 1:34 pm

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Asian School Girls trailer!


Asian School Girls dropped a trailer and it looks like a fun revenge romp with lots of people getting schooled by the school girls with glorious violence. April 15th is the day this hits the streets!

Asian high schoolers Hannah (Sam Aotaki), Vivian (Minnie Scarlet), and May (Catherine Hyein Kim) are kidnapped by a sex slavery ring, but the girls eventually turn the tables on their kidnappers and get revenge.

Minnie Scarlet not safe for work social media:
Twitter (NSFW) – https://twitter.com/MinnieScarlet
Tumblr (NSFW) – http://minniescarlet.tumblr.com
RebelMayhem (NSFW) – http://rebelmayhem.com/author/minnie-scarlet/

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - April 11, 2014 at 3:37 am

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Asylum’s Asian Schoolgirls gets a poster!

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We mentioned it when casting first popped up, but Asian School Girls is now far enough along Asylum is releasing media for it. Thus this huge poster! Maybe Asylum will get around to releasing a trailer, what with this coming out in less than two weeks. But who wants to have hype so their film does better, right?

Asian high schoolers Hannah (Sam Aotaki), Vivian (Minnie Scarlet), and May (Catherine Hyein Kim) are kidnapped by a sex slavery ring, but the girls eventually turn the tables on their kidnappers and get revenge. Minnie Scarlet put up some behind the scenes pictures at the not safe for work (NSFW) RebelMayhem – http://rebelmayhem.com/asian-school-girls-behind-the-scenes-of-my-first-movie/

But beyond that, there isn’t much info out there still! Crazy. Asian School Girls drops April 15th!

Minnie Scarlet not safe for work social media:
Twitter (NSFW) – https://twitter.com/MinnieScarlet
Tumblr (NSFW) – http://minniescarlet.tumblr.com
RebelMayhem (NSFW) – http://rebelmayhem.com/author/minnie-scarlet/

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - April 3, 2014 at 11:04 pm

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Asylum giving us Asian Schoolgirls!

In what could be really cool or potentially offensive, one of Asylum’s upcoming 2014 films is called Asian Schoolgirls! It practices what it preaches, with schoolgirls of the presumably Asian variety beating up some mobsters that kidnap them.

Kidnapped by a Los Angeles crime syndicate, a group of schoolgirls must fight and seduce their way to vengeance, teaching the criminals a lesson in kicking butt and taking names.

Asian Schoolgirls is directed by Lawrence Silverstein. The listed cast is Minnie Scarlet, Sam Aotaki, Andray Johnson, and Alan Pietruzewski. Just from the brief description and cast list I’m already ready to watch this film, Asylum does things a bit odd at times, but they have a pretty good record of throwing out surprising stories and films (especially recently) and there is a good chance that this will be a fun ride. And maybe it will lead to Asian Schoolgirls vs. Bearanchula! Minnie Scarlet seems well aware of the racial politics of Asian fetishes and does not come off as the type who would sign up for a film that just reinforced them, I am betting more is going on that the exploitative title.

The only other information I could find is a resume from costar William Jones. Granted, this is probably because Asian Schoolgirls is a loaded search term filled with photos of naked chicks.

Speaking of which, it was hard to find images of the two listed actresses, Minnie Scarlet and Sam Aotaki, that I could use in the article (especially Minnie Scarlet!) I just ended up taking images off of their tumblrs so we can see the two stars:

Minnie Scarlet:
Minnie Scarlet

Twitter (NSFW) – https://twitter.com/MinnieScarlet
Tumblr (NSFW) – http://minniescarlet.tumblr.com
RebelMayhem (NSFW) – http://rebelmayhem.com/author/minnie-scarlet/
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - December 27, 2013 at 3:50 am

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