Baby Assassins – Fantastic Fest Review

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Baby Assassins – Fantastic Fest Review
Baby Assassins – Fantastic Fest Review

Chisato and Mahilo are two high school girls who are about to graduate. They also happen to both be highly skilled assassins. When the organization they work for orders them to share a room, the relationship between the pair quickly turns sour. However, when they find themselves targeted by the yakuza, the girls quickly realise that they will have to find a way to work together.

What would happen if you took the charm of Booksmart and made the movie about teenage assassins instead? Well, you’d have Baby Assassins, this smart, funny, buddy cop assassin yakuza action movie that is choreographed so well, when the action gets going you get vibes of Tony Jaa.

Chisato played by Akari Takaishi and Mahiro played by Saori Izawa are two high school girls about to graduate. However, they’re not your average high school girls, they’re assassins, and before graduating they’re told they must make themselves part of society and in doing so they’re required to move in together, as their housing will no longer be provided after graduation. Two completely different people, one an introvert and one an extravert, this only spells disaster. Trying to be mascaraed as part of society while being these masters of murder, is a large feat to ask. While the action sequences are a little sparce throughout Baby Assassins the chemistry shared between Akari Takaishi and Saori Izawa is great.

The side story line kicks off about a third way through the movie, in where a member of the Yakuza gets killed by the assassination school and then there is a battle between our two leads and the yakuza. In such a chaotic turn of events, Chisato and Mahiro must learn to become members of society to blend in and manage to take down the Yakuza and their general assignments.

Baby Assassins delivers on all fronts, the film packs a comedic punch with a lighter dose of action, so while the title alludes to it being a fully action-packed slugfest, there is more story and comedy than action but that is not a downfall. However, the action is truly something to behold, fist to fist combat and weaponry, there is something for fans of all genres here. Whether that be comedy or action, there is so much delivered throughout Baby Assassins.

Everything that occurs in Baby Assassins packs a punch of hilarity and or comedy throughout the runtime.

7.5

Good

My earliest movie memory, outside of my home theatre in my basement, was going to the local Video 99 and wanting to rent ET only to be told by the shop owner it was playing down the street in theatres. My love for cinema has been alive for as long as I can honestly remember. I would frequent the cinema minutes down from my house daily. It was a second home. Movies are an escape from the everyday world, a window into the soul, a distant friend. If I’m not watching a movie, I’m probably watching a tv show, if I’m doing neither I’m asleep.

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