FightGirlz2000′s Repo Girl was a departure from the company’s earlier films. It took a step towards the “heroine peril” genre and featured the heroine losing to a stronger male opponent for much of the film. Repo Girl 2 is similar in that regard, except that the primary antagonist is girl.
The movie opens with Erin, the repo girl, talking on the phone. There is a knock at the door, and we are introduced to Dana, who, unbeknownst to Erin, is the girlfriend of the guy she beat up in the original film. Dana makes her displeasure known, so the girls sit down and talk out their differences. OK, not really. Dana threatens Erin with a severe beat-down if she doesn’t give the boat back. Erin doesn’t take the threat seriously since she already defeated Dana’s much bigger boyfriend. Dana offers Erin the first shot and the stage is set for the fight to begin.
Now, a lot of the bigger producers out there like Rye and Zen Pictures usually pit their heroines against extremely powerful and seemingly invincible opponents. It’s a great move that enhances the perilous feel of the movie. In the case of Repo Girl 2, Dana plays this role. She is not a big girl and is actually a few inches shorter than her opponent Erin. Is Dana still able to pull off playing an invulnerable bad ass? Yeah, and she does it really well.
Erin connects with several punches, and Dana takes them all with barely a flinch. She mocks Erin for her feeble attempts to hurt her and batters Erin around the room. The fight starts out as a one-sided punch-fest, but the producer made sure to take care of the peril and fetish crowd. There are a few chokeholds and armlocks. There is a really well-done throat-lift scene and a great bearhug where Dana lifts her bigger opponent off the ground and holds her in the air with relative ease. As in the original Repo Girl, there is a nice twist on the ending that I don’t want to spoil, so I’ll stop the official story review right here.
As with most videos, the bulk of the responsibility falls on the shoulders of the heroine to carry the film. I’ve become a big fan of Erin Flame, who is a beautiful girl and seemingly gets better with every film she appears in. She’s also a redhead, and you just don’t see that many redheads in these films, so it’s a nice change of pace when she is cast. She plays the damsel in distress well here, and her reactions to the punishment she takes are spot-on. The new girl Dana is just a knockout, and I don’t think the screencaps do her justice. She is physically loaded! John (the producer) mentioned in an email that she was a former gymnast. Well, those days don’t appear to be far behind her because she is built like a current gymnast.
Not everything is perfect. A few of the problems mentioned in the first review are still around in the sequel, but are definitely less prevalent. The camera still shakes too much for my tastes. A simple tripod purchase might fix that issue. The fight choreography, while improving, is still punch-heavy. Mixing more kicks, blocks, dodges and wrestling type holds should help with that. You’ll also notice that the outfits in this film don’t exactly broadcast sex appeal. The last few films they have released actually featured sexier outfits. John explained the lack of them in Repo Girl 2 as the result of a miscommunication. They are in pre-production for Repo Girl 3, and I’m told this will be addressed.
I think FightGirlz2000 is a website to keep an eye on. Repo Girl 2 was a lot of fun, and I think it was their best film to date. In just a couple of months they have shown improvement in just about every aspect of filmmaking, and they have a very real desire to tailor their content to the desires of their audience.