Director – James Bryan (Jungle Trap, Hell Riders)
Starring – Renee Harmon (Frozen Scream, Night of Terror), Jody McCrea (Major Dundee, Bikini Beach), and Trace Carradine
Release Date – 1981
Rating – 3/5
Blu Release – 3.5/5
Tagline – “She makes the good guys happy. She makes the bad guys bleed”
I don’t know if its my age or just my tastes changing but I find myself getting more and more obsessed with exploitation than horror. This is a kick started by Vinegar Syndrome but other companies were around before them. Companies like AGFA and Something Weird.
Sometime ago AGFA start releasing strange exploitation flicks on blu and DVD. I was sent some to review and I was instantly hooked on their weird and sleazy exploitation flicks. Sometime ago I got the AGFA blu for Lady Street Fighter from MVD. I had heard of this one but I never had the opportunity to check it out until now. Thank you MVD for sending this one my way!
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows a European kung-fu beauty who visits LA to hunt the group responsible for murdering her sister. In her hunt she befriends a federal agent who may not be who he claims to be. **Spoiler Alert**
I knew this one was going to be a bad but fun experience and I was right for the most part. The movie hit all the rights notes that I was hoping it would hit but there was some things that just didn’t sit well for me.
I loved the acting in this one. Most of the cast did not give a fuck. Renee Harmon had no idea what she was doing and it was fucking brilliant. Her sexy kung-fu fighting was absolutely laughable but it was still entertaining to watch. She may be a lot of things but coordinated in bellbottom jeans is not one of them. The rest of the cast is the same way. They awkwardly spit out their dialogue and I fucking love it. They give zero fucks at establishing a character and it makes the movie just that much more better.
The story for this one is a bit of a mess but fits the film. The late 70s we saw several vigilante films where we follow a someone avenging the death of a loved one. This started in the early 70s with Death Wish but once we hit 78 we were given hundreds of clones. I’m surprised a film with a similar story was being released in the early 80s especially with a kung-fu feel. I liked the story but there is several scenes that did not fit the story and create confusion.
Finally, This one has a few fight scenes with horrible choreography but doesn’t have blood for you real gorehounds out there. We have a little blood here and there but nothing that really adds up. Overall, Lady Street Fighter is a fucking gem for fans of trashy cinema. I recommend checking this one out with a few friends and a bunch of booze. Its going to be a blast.
New 2K scan from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print!
Commentary track with director James Bryan and the AGFA team!
Street fightin’ trailers from the AGFA vaults!
Bonus movie: REVENGE OF LADY STREET FIGHTER, the unreleased sequel to LADY STREET FIGHTER, scanned in 2K from the original 35mm camera negative!
Liner notes by Annie Choi of Bleeding Skull!