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Blu Review – Lady Street Fighter

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!

Written by Blacktooth

(Staff Writer) Lover of all things horror and metal. Also likes boobs and booze.