Cutie Honey’s evil sister Jill has used her goon squad, Panther Claw, to kidnap Cutie Honey’s uncle, a renowned scientist — and Cutie Honey’s got to save him! With her heart-shaped armor, Honey Flash choker and stunning blade, she takes down armies of goons and bad guys and, presto, changes her costumer for the next adventure.
Say “Hajimemashite” to your new favorite Japanese superhero — Cutie Honey.
Cutie Honey has perhaps the greatest opening scene in history. The first thing you see is a kitty. The second thing is a beautiful girl in a bubble bath. The next thing you know, she’s running down a busy street in a makeshift dress composed entirely of torn plastic bags while downing rice cakes and tea. Luckily, the rest of the movie holds up to those high standards.
Earlier this year, the largest video store in the United States, Scarecrow Video had a Kickstarter to help fund its survival and conversion to a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of video. Of course, being a film-loving Seattlite, I was just about contractually bound to contribute to the Kickstarter — and one of the perks was being allowed to curate a top 10 list that’d be available for folks to browse in the store. That list is here — though it’s not really a top 10 list, but more of 10 movies that may be a little obscure that are worth checking out. (And I believe a fair number of these I first saw from Scarecrow!) In no particular order, those films are…
Cutie Honey has perhaps the greatest opening scene in history. The first thing you see is a kitty. The second thing is a beautiful girl in a bubble bath. That is AWESOME. Luckily, the rest of the movie holds up to those high standards. The film, a live-action adaptation of the old anime series, was directed by Hideaki Anno; best known for his animation for GAINAX, including Neon Genesis Evangelion and Kare Kano/His & Her Circumstances. This isn’t his first live-action film; it’s his third, after the beautiful Love & Pop and the not-released-in-the-US-yet Ritual, and though it’s a bit of a departure from those two “serious” films, Cutie Honey still fits right in with Anno’s style. Lots of his signature shots as well as his trademark style of exploring character emotions — though admittedly not quite as in depth this time.