Yo-Yo Girl Cop
|Yo-Yo Girl Cop|
Japanese theatrical poster
|Directed by||Kenta Fukasaku|
|Produced by||Tatsuya Kunimatsu|
|Written by||Shoichi Maruyama|
|Music by||Goro Yasukawa|
|Edited by||Chieko Suzaki|
|Distributed by||Toei Company|
Yo-Yo Girl Cop, known in Japan as Sukeban Deka: Code Name = Saki Asamiya (Japanese: スケバン刑事 コードネーム=麻宮サキ Hepburn: Sukeban Deka: Kōdo Nēmu = Asamiya Saki) is a 2006 Japanese live-action feature film, the third to be based on the manga Sukeban Deka, directed by Kenta Fukasaku.
The film stars Aya Matsuura in the lead role of Saki Asamiya and Rika Ishikawa as her rival, Reika Akiyama. Yuki Saito, who played the role of Saki in the first live-action television series, appears here as her original character, who is revealed to be Saki's mother. The movie was released on September 30, 2006 in Japan and in the United States on July 17, 2007 by Magnolia Pictures as Yo-Yo Girl Cop.
Twenty years after the events of the original Sukeban Deka, a Japanese girl by the name of "K" (Aya Matsuura) is captured in New York and put on custody after beating 11 policemen. Although held in a straight jacket and a cage, she escapes by dislocating her own shoulder and tries to exit the facility, but a moment of kindness to comfort a lost little girl gets her captured again. K is then informed by Japanese inspector Kazutoshi Kira (Riki Takeuchi) that her mother will be deported to Japan for both brutally beating down a mugger and living in New York with an expired visa, unless K accepts to work for them in the reactivated Sukeban Deka program. After accepting, not without hesitating for being in bad terms with her mother, K is given a hi-tech steel yo-yo weapon and a new name, "Saki Asamiya," and is ordered to infiltrate an elite high school in Japan. The school, named the Seisen Academy, is suspected to be the source of a website called "Enola Gay", which is rallying juvenile suicide bombers across the country. She is also briefed that another Sukeban operative was sent earlier only for her to commit suicide like the juvenile terrorists, and that a counter for 72 hours has just appeared on the website.
Upon arriving the school, Saki learns that the entire school is dominated by a girl named Reika Akiyama (Rika Ishikawa) and her henchwomen, and she immediately saves a bullied student named Taie "Tae" Konno (Yui Okada) from them. Saki looks into the chemistry club, which the former operative was investigating before her death, and is forced to struggle to save two suicide bombers, Amaki and Higashiyama, who try to use Tae as a human shield. Asamiya captures Higashiyama, while Amaki is saved from her bomb by the school janitor Jirou Kimura (Shunsuke Kubozuka), who had become friends with Saki earlier. Kira interrogates Higashiyama and informs Saki that the Enola Gay website is run by a user named Romeo, but Higashiyama is abducted by a gang of thugs, despite Asamiya's efforts to fight them off. Afterwards, Tae tells Saki that she and a fellow bullied schoolgirl named Kotomi Kanda (Erika Miyoshi) used to run together an anti-bullying website until Kanda snapped and tried to commit suicide by bombing, being left catatonic in a hospital and leaving their site to be replaced by the Enola Gay website. Moreover, Reika interrupts them and reveals that Kotomi fell in love with a man who advised her to blow herself up. Going to the hospital, Saki and Tae visit Kotomi, who only says the name of Jirou Kimura. Now revealed to be Romeo, Kimura kidnaps Saki and ties her to a bomb, which she is left to escape from.
Meanwhile, Reika discovers herself as Romeo's lover and hosts an assembly on the school in front of all the students and teachers in order to celebrate his ideology. At the same time, Romeo and his gang are capitalizing on the event to rob a bank in Tokyo. Tae is brought to the room and strapped to another bomb, but after some dramatic exchanges she is saved by the returning Saki. The girl chases Reika, who still has Tae as her hostage and attempts to reunite with Romeo, and ends up facing her in a singles duel. It's then revealed that Reika is a former operative of Tokumei Keiji, a police program similar to Sukeban Deka, and that she has her own armed yo-yo, which sports blades. They have a duel, and although the less experienced Asamiya is initially overpowered when trying to user her weapon, she defeats Reika by burying her under metal pipes. Saki then confronts Romeo and his gang, who have seized Tae, Amaki and Higashiyama as bomb-strapped hostages, and manages to take the villains out thanks to a bulletproof uniform. Eventually Romeo, who wears a bomb strap as well, disables her yo-yo by slicing the string with his katana, but she still knocks him out. Saki takes the artifacts off the hostages but leaves Romeo's to explode, killing him.
Later, Saki calls her mom (Yuki Saito), who is revealed to be the first ever Saki Asamiya. Kira then informs he has got another job for her, and she bids farewell to Tae and Kotomi before leaving the school.
- Aya Matsuura as Saki Asamiya (麻宮 サキ Asamiya Saki)
- Yuki Saito as Saki's Mother
- Hiroyuki Nagato as Dark Inspector (暗闇警視 Kurayami Keishi)
- Shunsuke Kubozuka as Jiro Kimura (騎村 時郎 Kimura Jirō)
- Riki Takeuchi as Kazutoshi Kira (吉良 和俊 Kira Kazutoshi)
- Masai Ōtani, another Hello! Project member makes a cameo appearance in the film.
- Tak Sakaguchi as a member of the Enola Gay gang
Yo-Yo Girl Cop was licensed for UK release by 4Digital Asia, a sublabel of 4Digital Media, formerly ILC Entertainment. The new sub-label was launched in 2008 to fill the gap in the UK for "Asia Extreme" titles created by the demise of label Tartan. It was released on DVD on September 22.
The film is parodied in the softcore V-Cinema release Yo-yo Sexy Girl Cop (スケパン刑事 バージンネーム＝諸見栄サキ Sukepan Deka: Bājin Nēmu = Moromi Saki, literally "See-through Panties Detective: Virgin Name = Saki Moromie"), directed by Daigo Udagawa and starring AV idol Mihiro. In addition to its similar name, the cover artwork is a near-reproduction of Yo-yo Girl Cop's original poster. The DVD was released in Japan in November 2006 and in the United States with English subtitles by Cinema Epoch in November 2008.
References and footnotes
- "Sukeban Deka news" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2006-07-23.
- "Yo-yo Girl Cop". VideoETA.com. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
- Company website located at http://www.4digitalmedia.com/
- DVD release details found here: http://www.4digitalmedia.com/index.php/details/4
- "Yo-Yo Sexy Girl Cop". AllMovie. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- スケパン刑事 バージンネーム＝諸見栄サキ(2006) (in Japanese). AllCinema. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- "Sukepan deka: Bâjin nêmu = Moromie Saki (2006)(V)". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-07-15.