If you like sexily clad Asian girls wearing business casual attire (with thigh-high stockings and high heels) who constantly get into martial arts style battles with bad guys, then Zen Pictures’ Idol Action Battle – Burnout : Dignitary Security Team is your video. The heroines are played by the very attractive Haruka Nagase and Arisa Taki, who meet at the beginning of the film and team up to do battle against the evil villains. The video follows the same formulas as the majority of Zen Pictures releases, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The costumes are different, the actress are different, but everything else is pretty much the same, including the high quality that typifies Zen Pictures’ films.
As a non-Japanese speaker, I’m usually at a loss to provide an accurate description of the plot of Zen Pictures or Giga films. So this time, I’ll let the producers tell the story. Here is a plot description from the Zen Pictures web site:
The story is set in another world, where things are slightly different from reality. Humans have divided this world into two parts: the East and the West. They both held the ideals and developed their own styles of “peace” while fiercely robbing each other. To counterattack the East’s terrorism, the West section formed special teams to guard the country’s important persons. Among them, Team Garuda is the ablest unit of the organization and its members Rio, May and Jin receive orders to escort Dr. Amari, authority of robotics defecting from the East. The three agents find the doctor, but every move of them is actually monitored by the terrorists. These terrorists are in fact full metal cyborgs no bullet can hurt. Rio and Jin fight the cyborg terrorists, but the girls are caught off guard and Jin gets shot and falls trying to protect Rio. In addition to that, a huge cyborg Ghoul appears before Rio. And a man confronts May trying to run away with the doctor.
So, our heroines are up against evil metal cyborg terrorists. They encounter the cyborgs in a series of fights, which are well choreographed, as usual, and are eventually captured by the baddies. First, Haruka Nagase infiltrates the villains’ hideout and finds herself fighting against a giant wrestler (who may also be a cyborg and/or a terrorist.) He’s just too strong for our heroine, so she loses this fight and ends up being tied up and tortured with belly punches and then electric shocks delivered via an electric prod.
Meanwhile, her partner, Arisa Taki, isn’t faring so well herself against a suit-wearing bad guy (also possibly a metal cyborg terrorist). He beats her up and the bad guys bring her to the torture lair. Now Arisa Taki is tied with a chain around her neck and tortured with electric shocks. Eventually, the ladies are placed in a jail cell, where they manage to escape after tricking a couple of the guards. They face off against the main baddie once again and manage to defeat him along with his henchman, the huge wrestling cyborg torturer. Having defeated the bad guys, the ladies make their escape and live happily ever after… until the sequel, “Burnout W Vol.2.”
While there’s nothing spectacular about this Zen Pictures release, I don’t think it will disappoint many viewers. The costumes are sexy, the heroine are lovely, the bad guys are evil, there’s fighting, there’s torture, special effects, humor, and all the other elements of Zen Pictures. It’s not my favorite Zen movie, but I enjoyed it. If the costumes appeal to you (that is, if you like this style of attire more than the typical “superheroine” costume), then this film should definitely appeal to you.