Briana Blair in Giga’s “Superior Lady”

Giga Superior Lady 4 175x107 Briana Blair in Gigas Superior LadyI’ve never received as many requests for a review as I have for Giga’s Superior Lady starring American adult actress Briana Blair. Finally, Giga has produced a video with an English-speaking superheroine played by an American-born actress. What are the results?  Read on to find out. 

Right from the first scene of Superior Lady, it becomes obvious that Giga has seemingly put more effort and more resources into this production than usual, which is really saying something since virtually all of their productions are top-notch.  The special effects are a little more impressive, the initial fight takes place on what appears to be a new (or never-before-used) set, and there’s an overall sense that this might be an important video for Giga.

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The situation is this: a guy is being chased by a small group of henchmen for no apparent reason.  I’m assuming this reason must be quite apparent to the guy being chased, as well as to the pursuers, but it’s not apparent to the viewer since no context about this situation is provided. However, it’s virtually impossible that a group of guys dressed in red spandex jumpsuits and wearing masks could be up to anything good, so surely it’s safe to assume that these guys are “evil” and the guy clad in business casual attire is “good.”  Superior Lady agrees because she shows up, floating in the air, accompanied by incredibly epic background music.  She easily dispatches the bad guys with her super-breath and a brief show of super strength.  This is followed by an incredibly awkward exchange of dialogue between Superior Lady and the grateful man whose life she just saved.

Man: “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

Superior Lady: “Crow’s organization is very dangerous.  Don’t ever get involved again.  It’s very dangerous.”

Man: “Okay! Okay! Okay! Okay! Okay! Okay! Okay! Okay! Okay! Thank you! Thank you! Bye-bye! Bye-bye!”

With that Mamet-esque exchange, Superior Lady rockets into the air leaving a cloud of dust in her wake, flying off to… do whatever it is Superior Lady does when she’s not saving people from masked, spandex-wearing thugs.  What Superior Lady doesn’t notice, however, is that a guy who looks almost exactly like TV’s Guy Fieri is watching her from afar with a sinister look on his face.  Which, in a Giga movie, can only mean that in the very near future, he’ll be doing all kinds of nasty, unspeakable things to Superior Lady.  Things the actual Guy Fieri could never understand.

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Superior Lady returns to her small apartment to, I guess, hang out and watch TV for a while.  She thinks out loud to herself, “Editor-in-Chief is really going to stop investigating Crow?”  Just as she’s about to complete the formation of that thought, Crow contacts her via some kind of telepathic connection, telling her that he has kidnapped Editor-in-Chief, and that Superior Lady is to meet him in “an abandoned building in the West area.”  Superior Lady foolishly agrees to meet Crow in the abandoned building in the West area.  What is she thinking?  Hasn’t she ever seen a Giga movie before?!

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Superior Lady flies to meet the evil Crow.  When she arrives, she is almost immediately weakened by Kryptonite Krystonite, which is attached to a necklace worn by a henchman.  Crow uses this opportunity to interrogate Superior Lady about her spaceship, which he assumes she must have hidden away somewhere after her arrival on Earth.  Crow wants to use the advanced technology of the spaceship to concoct an evil plan to concur Earth.  After explaining his evil plans to a defiant Superior Lady, Crow presses the piece of Krystonite against her body, causing Superior Lady to cry out in pain.  Crow tortures her for a few minutes and then places the Krystonite necklace around her neck.  With Superior Lady weakened, and being held from behind by a henchman, Crow delivers several stomach punches to Superior Lady, and then gropes her breasts and nether-regions. This goes on for a while until Superior Lady loses consciousness.

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This brings us to about the 14-minute mark of the video.  The remaining 75 or so minutes consist only of Superior Lady being tortured and sexually assaulted in just about every imaginable way.  There’s so much torture in this video that I’m not sure why the producers even bothered to introduce the plot exposition about a spaceship, Superior Lady’s Editor-in-Chief, or anything else.  From this point on, none of that matters.  For the following hour and 15 minutes, Superior Lady is subjected to: electrocution, whipping, humiliation, having painful goo painted onto her body, vibrator torture, being forced to give a hand-job, forced blow job, getting sexually assaulted by Crow (in a variety of ways), more forced blow jobs, more ravaging, more sexual assault, etc.  It goes on for quite a while, but Briana Blair is actually really good at acting all of this out.  I think Giga chose wisely in casting its first (to my knowledge) American actress.  (Also, all joking aside, the guy who resembles Guy Fieri is actually veteran adult actor Barrett Blade, who is very menacing and effective in the villain role).

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Overall, I think this is a very good video from Giga, with excellent production values, really good performances, and a likeable lead actress.  I can’t imagine anyone intrigued by the trailer and images being disappointed with this one.

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So, is this a sign of things to come for Giga?  Will we see more American actresses in English-language productions from Giga?  I don’t know, but somehow I have a hard time imagining that Superior Lady won’t be a successful experiment for Giga.  I suspect that lots of English-speaking viewers have been waiting quite a while for something like this, although I’m curious to know whether this might alienate Japanese-speaking viewers.

Personally, although I enjoyed this video, I would rather see Giga stick with its tried-and-true formula and maintain its Japanese-language approach with Japanese actresses and models.  I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority here, but I really like what Giga does, and I don’t see why it should be “Americanized.”  I actually fear the success of Superior Lady because it might precipitate a shift in Giga’s production strategy, and I really would rather not see more American-oriented videos at the expense of Giga’s usual productions.  In other words, I like my Giga the way it is!

Nevertheless, I can’t deny that this is an excellent video from Giga, and if they can maintain this level of quality even while shifting their focus towards American and English-speaking audiences, then maybe that’s not such a bad thing.  Time will tell.  Until then, I highly recommend Superior Lady both as an interesting experiment and as a terrific video from the masters of the genre.

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  1. Great review!!!
    I picked up the video and greatly enjoyed the peril. Very sexy! Still I did have some issues with the movie.

    The acting was great during the peril, but I had a major problem during Blair’s dialouge delivery in the beginning. When she was talking in the beginning, it was like she wasn’t even trying to act. There was no real build up for the heroine, which made not care for the character at all. I feel the peril is greater and more thrilling when you actually care about the super heroine. Still the movie is pretty darn good and worth checking out since it’s GIGA’s first American super heroine.

  2. Thanks, Jose! I agree with everything you’ve said. I think there’s clearly a language barrier between Briana and the other actors that makes the dialogue exchanges in the early scenes really awkward. And you’re right: there’s very little build-up. Basically just an opening fight scene that lasts a few seconds, and that’s about it. But still, it’s a good video and features a ton of peril/torture for fans of that sort of thing.

  3. I have watched the trailer and seen the pics, she looks amazing and i love kryptonite peril so this was right up my street, unfortunately Giga films don’t work on my pc, gutted!

  4. I thought Giga videos didn’t work on Macs? I’m pretty sad I probably won’t get to see this.

  5. Mantower

    Hi guys,

    I remember a discussion a while back on this website about the difficulty downloading and playing Giga movies. Since a few people have raised these issues in the comments, could you post a quick explanation of what the issues are and how we can get around them? I would hate to pay for the movie then not be able to watch it, especially since I assume the customer support is not too good due to the language barrier. Thanks!

  6. I was tempted to buy this vid when i saw it available, but i was worried it was ALL peril and no story. thanks for the review as it seems my hunch was right.

    i think that is my biggest complaint w/ the GIGA films, they’re TOO long. I want a story that is compact, give me a basic plot, a nice set up, the heroine gets tricked/trapped and then tortured and loses. But 90min is just overkill, even w/ as hot as she is.

    am i the only one who feels this way?

  7. Hi HM,

    Since this movie is almost all peril and torture, how is the heroine’s (I am not familiar with the actress) reaction? i.e. does she maintain some level of defiance/heroine attitude through it, or mostly ended up an adult video with costume?

    Thanks.

  8. MyNameisURL

    Great looking model! Looks interesting, but I never like it when the heroine “gives in” and begins to actively participate as this one seems to do.

  9. Diana Knight Must Lose

    I’ve wanted to see Giga use some more American girls … or at least a more diverse array of girls for a long time now. After a while, as awesome as the videos are, they kind of blur together and it’s hard to remember which one you’re watching.

    But I was a little disappointed with this one because it was more porn and less peril than your average Giga video.

  10. Descartes

    Ximi,

    I will have to disagree with this review and tell you that the actress, Briana Blair, is pretty subpar for a fetish-model-performer in the superheroine arena. She never plays the fear, the arrogance, or the INNOCENCE of a typical superheroine in this video. In short, she plays it like a porn star.

    This is what I prefer about JAV actresses in Giga Superheroine productions: I buy them as innocent, virginal superheroines being seduced and violated for the first time. Brianna starts curling her lips and pouting like any other American porn star right off the bat, and before long, she’s enjoying every minute of what’s happening to her. It’s a critical mistake that a lot of western performers make when doing superheroine fetish films.

    Save your money and get a better Giga title with a quality JAV actress. Probably the very best I’ve ever seen is a wonder woman video starring Rina Fukada, titled TRE-25. Look it up. She’s absolutely breathtaking and the erotic storytelling is top-notch.

  11. deathcake

    I’m in total agreement with darklord. 90 minutes is overkill. When I buy a giga video, I skip to the good bits. Probably a quarter of it is storyline stuff (which is over my head anyway) There’s only so much of the good stuff you can watch at one time. ;)

    Can’t fault the good stuff though!

    Regarding playing GIGA videos. I was under the impression you needed at least windwos media player 9, and you obviously need the giga download the allows you to play the video. I believe it’s some kind of licence plug-in for windows media player. You need to allow it to connect to the internet too. If your firewall blocks it, I believe it doesn’t play.

  12. @Descartes – I am actually in total agreement with your comments. Let me clarify what I said in the review about Briana’s performance. I do think she’s good at what she does, which is to act out all of the usual fetish and peril stuff in the conventional style of an American porn actress. However, what I didn’t really talk about in the review is that I don’t care for this style at all. I prefer the somewhat “realistic” take that most Japanese actresses tend to convey. So I think Briana deserves credit for her performance, because I think she’s good at acting out her scenes in *that* style, even though it doesn’t really do a whole lot for me, personally.

    I would imagine that I’m in the minority here, and that the target audience for this video has probably always wanted to see an American porn actress, with her bag of American porn acting tricks, in a Giga production. Personally, I do not want to see Giga continue to go this route. Just my opinion… But I think you’ve described her performance very accurately.

  13. Thanks Descartes and HM for the clarification. I am of the exactly same taste, so I think I will pass this one. That’s three of us now, HM are you sure we are minority in this genre?:-)))

  14. I thought it was not that great due to the pixilation. Why is it censored though?

  15. John Hash

    I hated this movie it was just porn, if I wanted to see a porn movie I would down load one. I hate it when they have a really good looking actress/model and do nothing really good with them. What a waste of my money!!!!! Us Super heroine peril fans just want to see a good looking actress, a good well designed costume, a good story, arrogance from our heroine and good peril. Do not buy this video unless you like porn and that’s all you want to see.

  16. ranger87

    @Chris

    Japanese law prohibits lady parts or any sort of insertion, orally or otherwise, from being on film, I believe.

    As for the dislikes and “porny” parts of this movie, I believe they are a story choice. I like that the heroine was defiant. And she TOTALLY sold the torture scenes. But they didn’t just skip straight to her liking being screwed. First they used that ooze that was supposed to arouse her, then they vibed, her, then they fucked her. I think with appropriate instruction, Briana could have played this as a more “forced sex” movie. But story wise, that just doesn’t seem to be the direction they were going for, or they wouldn’t have ended it the way they did.

    We’ll see, though. I believe she filmed one more film with them before her retirement. It’s a Wonder Woman type video that has yet to be released. I’ve only seen one pic, but it does prove that it was filmed.

  17. ranger87

    ALSO,

    I don’t think GIGA will “go in this direction”. They will continue to do the same old stuff with their japanese girls. This is just another series they can build upon. American actresses won’t become “their thing” because they have to take all the extra expense to fly them in. And their primary audience is japanese. I would like to see more American actress films from them, but they will most likely happen, but few and far between.

  18. GigaFiend

    Ranger, you have seen a pic of Briana playing WW? Care to post on here?

  19. MyNameisURL

    Also agree with those saying that its not worth it if its “just porn”. I think the idea of a superheroine “surrendering” to the sex is great, but only if she’s obviously fighting it all the way to the point of climax at the very least. Once climaxed, if she then meekly submits, that’s good, but doing things like using the vibrator on herself or “helping” ruins the effect and, again, turns it into just run-of-the-mill porn. I do hope they’ll use the model again, because she is definitely hot!

  20. /agree with everyone who doesn’t like just pr0n. There’s plenty of that going around if that’s all you want. We’re a more sophisticated bunch. :-)

    Re: the difficulty of the Giga videos —— I think it comes down to DRM (digital rights managements I believe that stands for). Unless things have changed the vids only work with a certain version (or certain versions of) windows media player. And back when Windows 7 was released (and I got the 64 bit version) it was a no-go (because the windows media player that shipped with Win7 was not compatible).

    To make things work I have a virtual machine on my Win7-64 box with Vista-32 loaded and a certain version of Windows Media Player on it that I have to boot up in order to watch the vids (downloading them from their site works on any machine).

    In addition because it’s DRM I doubt that the vids will be transferable to a new machine. Because of that I have to hope that I’ll find a good screen-scraping technology or some hack at some point before I get a new machine.

  21. Too little acting, too little action, it just wasn’t a giga film. If the actress wasn’t American this would be one of the worst GIGA movies ever.

  22. MyNameisURL

    Having never purchase a Giga video (not even sure that I can play them yet), what are some titles that have really good superheroine/forced sex/domination type material? Thanks Descartes for the suggestion you’ve already made!

  23. thanks ranger, that is an awesome pic! i agree tho, not gonna get my hopes up that its not just another porn…. but man, thats hot lol

  24. ranger87

    darklord

    I don’t know if you got Superior Lady. I’ll admit the sex itself is pretty…porn-like. But so many other things in the film are fantastic, IMO. The electric torture and whipping are great. Some people like their Giga heroines to be pushovers. But I like that she kept an obstinate attitude throughout the film. From the vibrator scene forward was fairly consentual, but everything before that was gold, in my opinion.

  25. Come on guys – just another porno? Not quite true is it?

    The main problem is the price. For that price you would expect an incredible storyline which is carried throughout – however the vid becomes “just another porno” about halfway through.

    However, I can quite safely say, the first half of the movie is nothing like your run of the mill porno flick.

    Comparing this to other mainstream offerings like Powergirls, it does alot to cater to the fetish auidience – even if there’s not a huge amount of storyline.

    My suggestion is, don’t refuse to buy this movie as it’s “just another porno”. Refuse to buy it because, for the price and the content – it might as well be.

  26. MyNameisURL

    Thanks for the additional pics, Clark! The film does look better after seeing those. It seems like she at least keeps some semblance of resistance to being ravished all the way up to the monster facial anyway.

  27. sugarcoater

    I bought this episode and was totally impressed by the costume, the model, the set, and the action. Granted, there wasn’t a lot of peril, and I hope that GIGA considers adding more fighting and plot to their videos. But that said, the debasement of the heroine was well filmed and the model was fantastic. I am definitely satisfied with my purchase, and I hope GIGA run some more such videos with that actress.
    Incidentally, is there any update as to when the Wonder Woman video might be available for a preview?

  28. Craig Langston

    Does anybody know where I can get a trailer for this. I want to know what I’m buying.

  29. No, sadly it isn’t posted. I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

  30. ranger87

    Yes, Craig, it is. Go to http://www.akiba-web.com. Click on Superior Lady. It should be on the first page, as it’s a new release. Click on sample movie. It’ll ask you to register in order to view sample movies. Register, log in, go back to the Superior Lady page, click sample movie (right below the title picture) and enjoy.

    You have to look, man. Damn near every GIGA movie has a sample movie button.

  31. does anyone know when the wonder woman giga film is out staring Briana?

  32. Guillermo Sanchez

    I don’t think they will change their formula at all; they seem to make
    these movies with ‘foreign’ heroines maybe once or twice a year (it’s been almost
    a year since Star Lady came out, boy time flies). I haven’t watched this
    movie movie, and I don’t think I will, torture scenes that last for more than
    ten minutes really bore, that’s why I mostly watch movies from Zen.
    Looking forward to more of your reviews.

  33. I have bought GIGA videos in the past and have no problem downloading them.

    Bought this one would not download and GIGA’s support is ingoring me.

    I’ve talked to others who have similar problems with GIGA and it seems they too

    have issues with GIGA’s DRM licensing nonsense. GIGA hasn’t responded to me

    and has not refunded my money.

    For my part I will NOT attempt to buy another video from GIGA.

    So be warned, if you buy from them you MAY NOT be able to get the

    video and you will NOT get your money back.

  34. For what it’s worth, DRM removal software does work on the GIGA movies and you can also convert them to other file types such as QuickTime. I don’t believe it is illegal because if it was, there wouldn’t be ‘official’ software you can buy to do it, providing you don’t try and sell the movies on. If you buy enough movies from Zen anf GIGA it’s worth it (approx £20), because I like to edit movies and keep just the bits I like.

  35. PS Although the file must run on your PC okay for the DRM removal to work. If you can’t run it because you’ve copied it to another PC, for example, then the DRM removal software will give you an authorisation error.

  36. The issue with GIGA’s site is that many folks, like me, can’t
    get past the “License Issue” page.
    So we can’t even get to the download.
    What has me frustrated with them is GIGA’s complete lack
    response to the issue.
    After talking to others it seems this is common.
    Point being that you need to be sure that you can, in-fact,
    get past the “License Issue” page.
    (This is the page where GIGA pre-loads the DRM license to
    your computer before you can try to load the video).
    With out this license you can NOT download the video.
    They issue a different license for every single video.
    You may get a license to load for one video,
    but may NOT get it load for another.
    GIGA will take your money either way, and you
    may NOT be able to download the video at all.
    GIGA will not give a refund or support; and those videos are expensive.

  37. If you have paid by Credit Card and cannot download your purchase, can you not get your Credit Card company yo do a chargeback. In my experience, GIGA then have to prove you have received what you puchased.

  38. Yes, I’ve already started the process through my credit-card company to get the charge reversed.
    The other people I’ve talked too, have had to do the same thing with other videos they tried to buy.
    My point was just warn people about this problem.

  39. @Lake – I’d gladly pay for good DRM-removal software. Can you suggest one?

    It’s going to be probably another year before a machine upgrade but when the time comes I’d like to be prepared and not lose all my purchases (those giga movies are expensive!).

  40. deathcake

    Unfortunately, most DRM removal software involves drawing the movie and copying it frame by frame and recompressing and saving. So you lose quality, it takes an age, and sometimes fails part way through. In otherwords, in doesn’t actually remove the DRM, just creates a new copy.

  41. Interesting. Then maybe it could be better time spent looking for good screen capture software then.

  42. Na, don’t use screen capture software – you’re looking for a bog standard video editor. Import and re-encode.

    I think you’re not understanding exactly how the DRM works. Essentially it is encoded directly into the data stream of the movie, the only way to remove it is to re-encode the video totally, It’s not added on top, not like a file header – it’s encoded onto the movie directly.

    Essentially the DRM removal programme converts the video.

    You’d be much better using a programme like AVC Video converter, converting to a format that can be played on ipod. At least then you’d have legal grounds to remove the DRM – at least in the UK an Ireland.

  43. One time you can play the video with the DRM on your pc, the software Tunebite is good for re-encore the video without DRM, with the quality you want.

  44. deathcake

    Will video editors import the video though? I’m sure I tried this with a giga video, importing into Sony Vegas and a few other editors, and it played garbled.

  45. @Eagle

    This is what I used: Aimersoft DRM Media Converter

    About £25 (British Sterling) so work out the $ value for yourself. It takes as long to convert as it does to watch because it plays it for you on screen while converting it. I saw no loss in quality. However, you must have a licensed version of the original movie in the first place otherwise even the DRM removal software does not have the rights to convert it for you. I bought the software for 2 reasons:
    1. I have a new PC and wanted to transfer it to my new PC.
    2.I like to edit movies I buy to keep the good bits and remove the dross.

  46. For re-encode the video, you must to have the DRM licence of your video and you should be able to read the file..
    a small present, Superior Lady Behind the scenes (only members to Akiba Web)
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FL6EDZZB

    I used WM recorder, for record files in streaming, and tunebite for re-encode the file in avi.

  47. @Lake – Can you share your settings? I was not able to use the trial of Aimersoft with default settings to get a suitable version (even close to good quality) of my original.

    @Clark – I’ve tried the trial of WMRecorder and it does seem to do the trick pretty well. Might end up going that route. Wanna give the other softs a fair chance.