From back cover, "In this exciting martial arts film, a drug investigator encounters nothing but dead-ends in her search for her missing brother. In desperation she asks a martial arts expert fighter to help her.
"This was the first in a series of movies that went under the title of "Onna hissatsu-ken," or "Lethal Fist of the Woman," intended to showcase the talents of Shihomi Etsuko, a female Japanese martial artist trained in Shaolin Kenpo. It is not a Sonny Chiba film, and as other reviewers have pointed out, he only has a small part. That said, the movie is best enjoyed on its own campy terms. It takes itself perfectly seriously, although it's nothing more than a pastiche of elements swiped from contemporary Hong Kong films-- and pretty much every villain tries his level best to imitate Bruce Lee's deadpan fighting style. In true Japan style, however, the fights are over the top, extremely bloody, and sometimes just ridiculous. In short, it's hilarious. The fights get more and more brutal (and laughable) as the day-glo blood pours. This movie is sure to satisfy those looking for surreal, cheesy fun, but certainly won't appeal to people looking for a high-quality martial arts film. I really enjoy watching the star, since she always manages to appear so sincere in her roles and isn't a bad martial artist. Sadly, her talents were squandered in increasingly formulaic and silly movies.Please note that I can't vouch for the quality of this release, since I've only seen the Japanese original."
70s Chop Socky at its GREATEST
Michael Davis | State College, PA United States | 07/06/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Martial arts film is a beautiful genre. Seagal, Van Damme, they've ruined it, made it into the "action movie", which [is bad]. Sister Street Fighter is a VERY good 70s martial arts film, starring Sue Shiomi. It is very stylish, with good cinematography, and well-choreographed fight scenes. This is some of the last and greatest kung-fu filmmaking. Sonny Chiba has about 3 fight scenes (he is not the star), all of which rock. Your basic kidnap/revenge plot... there are FIGHTING AMAZONS...!!!! Not a waste of money, despite what that narcoleptic guy said."
Kazuhiko Yamaguchi's Sister Street Fighter
Charles Tatum | 06/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While bearing little to no resemblance to the three Sonny Chiba/Street Fighter films, this last entry is the best in the series.The simplistic plot is: Shihomi goes to find her missing brother, an undercover agent kidnapped by drug smugglers. She begins to nose around, and incurs the wrath of the main dope fiend and his silly henchmen. They smuggle heroin to the rest of the world in wigs. Her uncle rats her out, thanks to a convenient rape of his daughter, and she is thought dead, but comes back in time to find her brother and defeat the army of villains, with the chauvinist help of Sonny Chiba.I do not think this was an official "Street Fighter" entry because Chiba has a handful of scenes, and his character's name is different from the first three films. The karate school and its instructor, all major forces in the first three films, has been replaced by a different instructor and karate school (which has a swastika as its emblem, I know it was a religious symbol first, but it is still unsettling). Chiba's role is a glorified cameo, and he spends most of his screen time telling various women their place is in the kitchen.Shihomi, who had a tiny part in the third film, and was killed off early, is excellent here. This is not exactly Lady Macbeth, but she is cute and can kick the sushi out of any man around. The film has more fight scenes than the first three films combined, the action is literally non-stop.The silly villains look like they stepped out of an old 1960's "Batman" episode. They have colorful names like Hammerhead, and wear shiny costumes and silly phallic helmets that are more funny than threatening. Another weak scene is the graphic rape scene. While Sue's uncle is forced to watch, his daughter is raped by a giggling fat guy so the uncle will rat out Shihomi. The whole film is very violent, but this little piece of ugliness was completely uncalled for. Also, where is it written that all police and detectives must meet their informants in strip clubs, just so we have to see bare breasts? Just wondering, since even this foreign made film gets into the same routine.This is definitely the best of the series, and I even think it can be watched by anyone who has not seen the first three films in the series, you will no find any closure here. Sister is doing it for herself!Rated (R) for strong physical violence, gun violence, sexual violence, female nudity, some sexual content, and drug references."
Babyfaced Cutie Slaughters Every Goon in Sight
doomsdayer520 | Pennsylvania | 01/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Connoisseurs of old-school karate flicks will be hard pressed to find a female action star who is as much fun to watch as Etsuko "Sue" Shiomi. Of course there are others with better abilities in both martial arts and acting, such as the great Michelle Yeoh, but Shiomi certainly combined seriously chopsocky buttkickin' action skills with heart and adorability. Shiomi was just 19 years old or so when this movie was filmed back in the mid-70s, and not only is she a real cutie, but she can also kill you with her bare hands. This movie has a pretty typical karate flick plot, as main character Tina (Shiomi) infiltrates a gang of drug runners who have imprisoned her brother, and leaves big piles of bleeding goons in her wake. Shiomi isn't a very good actress to be sure ? her dialogue mostly consists of yelling and you could count all of her facial expressions on one hand, though she at least looks like she feels bad after kicking a guy down the stairs or embedding a spike in another guy's skull.
This movie is also worth tracking down for anyone who loves old karate flicks that are just so bad they're good. We get a heaping helping of fight scenes showcasing a variety of martial arts styles and weapons. And it just keeps getting more fun ? with bizarrities like an elite force of fighters who wear baskets on their heads and get beaten by a ballerina, and a troop of Thai kickboxing teenage chicks who for some reason are dressed up like Pebbles Flintstone. (YabbaDabbaDoo!) Not to mention the high-priced gangsters who keep getting whomped by a single young cutie pie. Why doesn't the big boss just fire all these idiots already? And on a historical note, there is evidence that Quentin Tarrantino is hip to this film, and some fans of the genre are speculating that Sue Shiomi was the direct inspiration for Uma Thurman's character in "Kill Bill." You will really like Sue Shiomi as an action star after catching this flick, so track this lost gem down if you can. [~doomsdayer520~]"
Fist and Beauty
G. Ferraris | Philippines | 12/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think the idea of this movie is to mimic Enter The Dragon while showcasing the star Etsuko Shiomi, in that respect it was a success, It helped that Etsuko Shiomi is a real karate fighter in real life, few will remember that she once issued a challenge to a chinese actress who also portrayed tough girl roles, It was suppose to be full contact, needless to say the chinese girl declined, such was the reputation of Shiomi in her heydays, I wonder where she is now. If you like Kill Bill or Azumi, you won't be disappointed in this movie specially as the star here has real fighting talent. I could have rated this 5 stars but the transfer to DVD could have been better."