Girls with guns
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Girls with guns is a subgenre of action films and animation—often Asian films and anime—that portray a strong female protagonist who makes use of firearms to defend against or attack a group of antagonists. The genre typically involves gun-play, stunts and martial arts action.
Anime and manga
The "girls-with-guns" genre has also permeated the anime space. Some examples include Canaan (anime), Bubblegum Crisis, Gall Force, Dirty Pair, Gunsmith Cats, Angel Heart, Gunslinger Girl, Noir, Madlax, and El Cazador,. More recent examples of "girls with guns" anime are Masamune Shirow's and Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell and its television adaptation Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Yasuomi Umetsu's works Kite, Mezzo Forte, Mezzo DSA, and Kite: Liberator.
- Andy Sidaris
- Bad girl movies
- Bond girl
- Feminist film theory
- Femme fatale
- Gun fu
- Heroic bloodshed
- Hong Kong action cinema
- List of female action heroes
- Yukari Oshima
- Zero Woman
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Following Noir and Madlax, this El Cazador will be the third installment in a series of what Director Koichi Mashimo has referred to as his girls-with-guns genre trilogy.
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