Potentially exciting combo of helmer Kenta Fukasaku and schoolgirl-tease action manga "Sukeban deka" generates only intermittent heat in "Yo-Yo Girl Cop." Yarn about a hard-assed teen who's given 72 hours to infiltrate a high school and stop an apocalyptic countdown has only average action. Even at a genre level. Ancillary for Asian film geeks looks to be its outlet in the West.

Potentially exciting combo of helmer Kenta Fukasaku (“Battle Royale II”) and schoolgirl-tease action manga “Sukeban deka” (already adapted into two pics, three TV series and an anime) generates only intermittent heat in “Yo-Yo Girl Cop.” Yarn about a hard-assed teen who’s given 72 hours to infiltrate a high school and stop an apocalyptic countdown has little irony, only average action and an unsmiling perf by singer-idol Aya Matsuura that’s neither sexy nor involving, even at a genre level. Ancillary for Asian film geeks looks to be its outlet in the West.

Matsuura plays Asamiya, a Gotham street delinquent who’s shipped back to the Tokyo police’s specials ops unit, given an alias and put under the care of gruff Kazutoshi Kira (Riki Takeuchi). (Pic’s orginal title means “Female Delinquent Detective: Codename Saki Asamiya.”)

All of this is because Enola Gay, an underground Web site offering tips on suicide and bomb building, is threatening an unknown form of death and destruction in three days, and the key seems to be Seisen High. In short skirt and with a deadly yo-yo, Asamiya goes undercover.

South Korean movie “She’s on Duty” (2005) essayed this mini-genre with far more wit, tease and sexiness.

Yo-Yo Girl Cop

Japan

Production

A Toei Co. release of a Toei Co., Fukasaku-gumi production. (International sales: Toei, Tokyo.) Produced by Tatsuya Kunimatsu. Directed by Kenta Fukasaku. Screenplay, Shoichi Maruyama, Shinji Wada, based on the manga series "Sukeban deka" by Wada.

Crew

Camera (color), Takashi Komatsu; editor, Chieko Suzaki; music, Goro Yasukawa; art director, Hidematsu Yamazaki. Reviewed at Pusan Film Festival (market), Oct. 16, 2006. (Also in Hawaii Film Festival.) Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Aya Matsuura, Riki Takeuchi, Rika Ishikawa, Erika Miyoshi, Yui Okada, Yuki Saito, Hiroyuki Nagato, Shunsuke Kubozuka.
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