A heroine movie as great as Sayuri Blood Chronicles II deserves more than one review, don’t you think? To me, this is probably the best “heroine peril” movie ever produced, even though it’s not perfect. The fight scenes are kind of bizarre, and it’s somewhat difficult to follow the story’s events as they unfold (does the fight occur before or after the torture scenes?). But when all is said and done, this ranks as one of my personal favorite movies of this genre, and there are several reasons for that…
First, Sayuri Blood Chronicles II features, in my opinion, the hottest actress to star in a heroine peril film. Meng Lau was a model who appeared in Maxim, Stuff, and in other venues before signing on with RingDivas as wrestler “Empress Sayuri.” She appeared in several matches, eventually working her way up to the championship and becoming, I believe, the most popular wrestler for RingDivas at the time. When the company announced that it would create a film division, RD Films, it was probably not difficult to find the right actress.
I eagerly anticipated the original Sayuri Blood Chronicles. When it was finally released, I found myself extremely disappointed. Sayuri looked amazing, I loved the outfit, the story was good, the villains were really mean, and the movie features lots of torture scenes. But there was a huge problem: Sayuri cried the entire time.
Now, this is something I’ve complained about before, and to many viewers, this might not be a problem. In fact, some viewers may prefer it. But to me, a heroine film is about a strong, almost unstoppable heroine who gets captured by the bad guys and subjected to torment. There are a lot of producers out there who create films about abducting innocent women and torturing them, and if that’s your thing, there’s nothing wrong with that type of film. But in terms of heroine peril, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Why would a well-trained female assassin/warrior/superhero get dressed up in a sexy outfit, bring lots of weapons (guns, swords, etc.), chose to do battle with deadly opponents, risk her life to achieve her incredibly hazardous goal… and then cry after being slapped?
Why do I ask for logic in these ridiculous movies? Well, I don’t really. Nothing about these films makes any sense, if you really think about it. They’re essentially comic books for an adult crowd. Like any Spider Man or Batman story, they ask us to suspend our disbelief in order to get the maximum enjoyment out of it. But, like other comic book films, they require consistency. If you’re going to require the viewer to believe that the unstoppable heroine character would choose to get involved in this line of work, it’s a bit if a stretch to have her whimpering and crying during torture scenes.
Which is all the more reason why Sayuri II is such an improvement. While I didn’t care for Sayuri’s performance style in the first film, I did appreciate her energy and dedication to the role. This time out, her performance is different. She’s the type of heroine who isn’t going to cry for the bad guys. She wants to show them that they can’t hurt her, even during torture. That psychological aspect is something that makes these films so enjoyable, and RingDivas nailed it with this film.
Sayuri wants to show these bad guys that they can’t defeat her, and yet she has to try not to react to the pain of being punched, slapped, choked, etc. At first, she’s able to do this, and even threatens her torturer by struggling against her restraints and, at one point, trying to bite him. This is all great to me, and makes the scene much more intense.
As the film continues (there are three parts), Sayuri gets weaker as the torture continues. By the time we get to part 3, she’s barely conscious and in a totally weakened and vulnerable state. She’s still not crying, but she’s not able to put up the same level of resistance as the torture continues. Every step of the way, Sayuri’s portrayal is just about perfect.
In addition to that, the costume is very simple and very revealing. It’s basically bra and panties, and that’s about it. It’s much more revealing than the type of outfit you’ll typically find at Zen/Giga, and shows off Sayuri’s perfect body through the video. While I do enjoy the elaborate and occasionally ridiculous costumes of the Zen/Giga films, there’s something to be said for this “less is more” approach.
Sayuri Blood Chronicles II was the last heroine torture film featuring the Sayuri character, which is a real shame. I would have preferred several more installments. While Destiny Dumon is pretty hot and gives a decent performance in Girls of War III, I don’t personally think she’s quite up to Sayuri’s level in terms of hotness or in terms of performance. Sayuri really gives it 100% and sells every part of this film, whereas Dumon doesn’t seem quite as focused or intense. Hopefully, that will improve in future installments.