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Naked Weapon

A Hong Kong martial arts action thriller movie.

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Sexy, Cool and Action Packed "GIRLS WHO KICK BUTT" Asian Film!

  • Sep 22, 2009
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+3



 NAKED WEAPON is another foray into the "girls who kick butt" genre. Maggie Q has been getting a lot of attention in the U.S. for MI-3, Live Free and Die Hard and Balls of Fury; I have quite a collection of her Hong Kong films and this is the film that helped break her into the action genre. Tony Ching Siu Tung (An Empress and The Warriors) directs and choreographs the fight sequences; the film is an entertaining mix of martial arts action with cool set designs. "Naked Weapon" is unrelated to Wong Jing's "Naked Killer". Wong Jing started the film but turned it over to Tony Ching in mid-production; the result is not the expected "exploitation flick" but pure action "junk".

Like a contagious virus, pretty and athletic girls in their teens are disappearing from all over the world. The mastermind behind the abductions if Madame M (Almen Wong), who plans to train the girls into cold merciless killers. After several years of intense training, only Charlene (Maggie Q), Cat (Anya Wu) and Jill (Jewel Lee) survive and become the world's best professional assassins. On a recent mission to assassinate some one in Hong Kong, Charlene crosses paths with her long-lost mother and as a result she comes face to face with a young C.I.A. agent (Daniel Wu), who vows to aid her in cutting her ties with Madame M.

However, the past threatens to catch up with Charlene and Catt....

"Don't believe the hype! This is as undressed as we get!"

It's quite hard to judge "Naked Weapon"; despite the usual wooden acting (mostly by Daniel Wu) and the very stiff dialogue; I did kind of like the film. The film starts off strongly enough but gets lost in the middle with the usual morality lessons and the canned melodrama. Surprisingly, the film is shot in its entirety in English and I saw both the U.S. and the Asian releases; I was amazed how the U.S. cut was differently framed and edited on some scenes, the Asian cut showed more skin and nudity. (Especially in the shower scene with Cat and Charlene; also with the love scene between Jack and Charlene) I suppose the best way to describe the film's weaknesses is that while it contains the all the opportunity for "exploitation" it just uses them to provide wanna-be emotional sequences. Then, it turns around and shows a rape scene that most people may find distasteful; that it is a cheap shot to emulate raw violence against women. Looking at the special features, I rather thought Maggie Q, Jewel Lee and Anya Wu were a bit bothered by the footage. I guess critics may say that avoiding the obvious (if harmless) exploitation scenes but instead add a rape scene leaves a bitter taste in one's mouth. For me, I thought it was rather an attempt to shock and to express the cold, bitter world of the female assassins.

BACK 2 BACK

To the film's credit; Naked Weapon looks incredible. During the action scenes, there are more shots of individual shots than a good perspective view. The action sequences have the usual use of wires and trampolines that may look a bit over-the-top at times but darned if they didn't look sexy and cool. One of the film’s main central action scenes would have to be the ’elimination’ process (ala-wrestling’s “Royal Rumble”) through combat as Charlene draws the # 1 spot. The women are obviously in for the fight of their lives, each one vying for supremacy; Maggie Q. was able to portray the scenes’ emotional significance. Realism is pushed out the window with the kinetic action sequences. The use of slow motion is used occasionally, and while I am not a big fan of slow-motion, Maggie Q sure looks awesome in all the action and mayhem. I enjoyed Charlene’s signature killing technique and I had fun with the stylish final fight. I was a bit disappointed in Anya Wu and Jewel Lee’s limited screen time. However, thankfully, Daniel Wu only have a very brief action sequence (he doesn't do them well). The film has its redeeming qualities: decent martial arts action, scantily clad beautiful women dancing, “bullet ballet“, and limited Daniel Wu screen time.

Naked Weapon has a very strong potential and there is always "guilty pleasure" watching ultra-hot women perform mano-o-mano fights in very "short" shorts and tank tops. The film is a visual feast for the eyes; especially for testosterone-driven males (like me). I rather expected more of Tony Ching but I wasn‘t exactly disappointed. Despite the poor script, the occasional wooden acting and that it fell to the canned melodrama entrapment that falls like a stone in water; the film did redeem itself with the stylish fight sequences reminiscent of "The Matrix". The film starts off strong and ends with the usual climactic final fight; the film's lasting impression would be how cool Maggie Q and Anya looked.
 
I still remember their very sexy posturing...

Recommended To Action Fans; definitely worth a rental. [3+ Stars]

VIDEO/AUDIO: 1.78 Anamorphic Widescreen. The U.S. and Asian release both share the exceptional video transfer with deep contrast, natural colors and strong blacks. The transfer is sharp and clean. What tips the scale in the Asian release's favor is that it has a powerful 5.1 DTS track that magnifies the viewing experience. The Mega Star version is the one to get!


 
U.S. DVD poster 1 on 1 fight BACK 2 BACK anya catt charlene maggie q.

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May 14, 2011
Don't you just love girls who kick but, great job WP.
May 14, 2011
seen SO CLOSE? That was pretty swesome too.
 
September 26, 2009
Such a naughty Woopak.
September 27, 2009
Bwahahaha...
 
September 22, 2009
Almost worth the price of admission based on the cover art alone! Great job pinning down but another title that I would never have discovered on my own. :)
September 23, 2009
No prob, bro. Maggie Q and Anya are hot!!!
 
September 22, 2009
Good review! Is the Mega Star version dubbed in English or does it have sub-titties? Ahem, I meant sub-titles. Where can you get it online?
September 22, 2009
The dialogue is in both Cantonese and English. The subtiltes show up in the scenes with the Chinese language. U.S. release is in full English dialogue. Get it at hkflix.com!

Check out "So Close" also if you like these types of movies....
 
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review by . September 23, 2009
Naked Weapon is a reboot of Wong Jing's Cat. III hit Naked Killer.  This time around the story revolves around young girls who are trained to become professional killers from an early age.  Maggie Q and Anya co-star as two of the girls who become best of friends during their "training".  To describe this movie wouldn't do it justice because like all of Wong Jing's films they have to be seen to be believed.  The action direction by Ching Siu-tung is it's usual high energy …
Quick Tip by . September 23, 2009
I actually really loved the action in this movie...no really that's why I liked it!
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Ching Siu-tung directed the action scenes as well.

Filmed in English.
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Director: Ching Siu-Tung
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Adventure
Release Date: November 15, 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Wong Jing
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Jing's Production
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