Naked Killer

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

After her father was killed, Kitty (Chingmy Yau) chose not to remain silent and instead, to seek out vengeance of her own. As such, she tracks down those responsible and takes aim, then enacts her revenge in a most bloody fashion. But she is also wounded in the operation and now she is a criminal, so she is forced to hide out and even then, she could be found at any given moment. At the same time, a lesbian hitwoman named Princess (Carrie Ng) is making her way through various individuals, taking care of business with powerful guns. Now it seems Princess and Kitty are on a collision course and that could mean serious trouble, especially for anyone caught between them. In this case, that could be Tinam (Simon Yam) and even though he is a police agent, he fell for Kitty’s charms and finds himself in the middle of these two gorgeous, but dangerous women. Can anyone survive within such a lethal triangle?

This movie is one wild ride and there’s no doubt why it has attained a rather large following, as Naked Killer is just balls to the wall great flick. The bases have all been covered with this one, from gorgeous ladies to intense action to romance, so you won’t be bored even for a second, not in the least. A lot of sex and a lot of violence are found in Naked Killer, but then again, you should have known that from the title, I would think. In other words, don’t give this one a spin if you’re easily offended, as Naked Killer is a brisk, harsh ride and will send you to pushing the eject button, to be sure. But if you like these kind of flicks, this is nothing less than a must own title, as it is a true genre classic. Carrie Ng turns in a terrific performance and commands the screen at all times, in one of my favorite female turns of all time. With an overload of action, a brisk pace, and a number of stunning ladies, Naked Killer is a fantastic and very fun motion picture and as such, this release is highly recommended indeed.

The task of portraying a lesbian hitwoman can’t be an easy one, but Carrie Ng seems to nail it here, from start to finish. The character is an offbeat one, but Carrie is always on the mark and in the end, this is one of my personal favorite female turns, to be sure. Of course, she looks fantastic as always, but she really seems to be having fun here, at least it looks as if she is. She brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the role, which enhances the whole picture, since her character is one of the primary leads. I’ve been a fan of hers for some time now, so I’ve seen many of her better works, but I still think this one takes the cake, terrific work indeed. You can also see her in such films as Remains of a Woman, Sex and Zen, City on Fire, Crying Freeman, and Best of the Best. The cast also includes Simon Yam (Hitman, Full Contact), Chingmy Yau (High Risk, City Hunter), and Ken Lo (China Strike Force, Gorgeous).

Video: How does it look?

Naked Killer is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. The print used looks washed out and dated, but this is a better transfer than I’ve seen before, to be sure. The defects remain small and never become too extreme, so I don’t think anyone will be too let down. The colors are bright, but still look a little faded, while contrast is stable, though not as stark as I’d like. I would love to see a restored edition at some time, but until then, this is the best visual treatment on the market.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included Dolby Digital 5.1 option is a good one, but this edition offers only the English dub track, which is a let down. No real complaints on the technical side however, so aside from the lack of a Cantonese option, this is a fine audio presentation. The dialogue is clean and never hard to understand, although the dub is on the laughable side, much like most tracks of this kind. The music and sound effects come through well enough however, so the package is a solid one, aside from the English only dialogue. This disc also includes English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes some talent files, as well as the film’s theatrical trailer.

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