It’s been a slow couple of weeks for the heroine peril genre, so I thought I would reach back into the vault for a Zen Pictures release that might have been previously overlooked. I really like Female Bandits Lady Cats Vol. 1 even though I have basically no idea what actually happens in this film. The lead heroines are really sexy, the skin tight camouflage outfits are hot, and action is very well done.
Our story begins with one of our two heroines, played by Ichie Tanaka, being unloaded out of a van with a few other seedy looking characters. So I assume this story has something to do with the classic “hero(ine) forced to work undercover with a gang of detestable thugs in order to bring down a criminal mastermind” plot. Kind of like Point Break, only instead of Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey, it’s beautiful Asian models wearing skin tight outfits. Anyway, the group stands around waiting for something to happen as the lead villainess watches the events on a video monitor. She seems particularly interested in Ichie Tanaka, and I can’t blame her one bit.
The crew stands around talking for a very long time when suddenly a man who looks like a member of a Japanese boy band appears. A fight breaks out with this guy pretty much defeating everyone. He seems to like Tanaka, so I’m thinking that he’s in on her plot to infiltrate the group.
Meanwhile, a scene takes place in which the other lead heroine, played by the lovely Yurika Aoi, takes care of a young boy. He possesses a medallion that seems to be of some significance (if the lingering camera is any indication). I don’t know what this has to do with the Point Break storyline, but I’m sure it will all become clear soon enough.
Back at the office (?), Aoi appears to be hacking into a computer while Tanaka sneaks around in her sexy outfit. The two heroines communicate with each other through earpieces, so apparently this is a plan to steal some secret documents or find some other key piece of information about the bad guys. At this time, a third heroine character appears (or maybe just a female character since I’m not sure which side she’s on. I’m not sure of anything at this point, really).
She pulls out a gun and apparently attempts to rob the place. As her henchmen rob the vault, she walks over to Aoi and forces her to strip down to her underwear. This is exactly what I would have done in this situation. Sure, there’s no practical reason to do this, and it takes away incredibly valuable time allowing the police to get closer and providing witnesses several more minutes to gather key information about the robbers, but who cares? (Aoi has a killer body, by the way.) Just as Aoi is about to remove her bikini top, a male coworker steps in the way, and the lady shoots him! Again, I really like the way she thinks. However, Aoi has used this distraction to make her brief escape before returning in her own matching skin-tight camo outfit. A fight ensues with Aoi dodging the bad guys’ bullets and taking them out in hand-to-hand combat. Tanaka joins her in battle, and the two are apparently captured.
Back at the bad guys’ hideout, the female robber is stripped down to a skimpy two-piece outfit, tied AOH, and whipped. I guess she failed her mission, so this is her punishment. I really wish one of the two lead heroines had been placed in this situation since they’re much more attractive and I like the scenario of the heroines being in peril rather than a villain, but it’s still not a bad scene.
The two heroines are interrogated (verbally) before escaping from their jail cells. Meanwhile, the little boy from the beginning is attacked by some henchmen, but the attack is broken up by Tanaka. The cop lady is still tied up and is now tortured with belly punches by two thugs.
Our two heroines are now wearing bikinis and are splashing each other playfully in a swimming pool. At this point, I have absolutely no idea what has happened to the plot from earlier, but the producers don’t seem to care anymore, either, so I guess it doesn’t really matter. Some cops arrive and attempt to apprehend them but are defeated in a swimming pool fight. The heroines have a nice chat with one of the cops they’ve just defeated, and the movie ends. I have no idea what just happened, but maybe this will all be cleared up in the sequel.
So there you have it. Not exactly the most logically plotted release from Zen Pictures, but the heroines look great in their costumes, the action is well done. As usual, I enjoyed it even though I have no idea what actually took place.