Ninja Vixens: Forbidden Paradise (Japan 1999)

Rating: *
Alternate Titles: "Ninja Vixens 6", "Shinobi Kunoichi Garden"
Review Date: 5/5/10

It's trash, but at least it's competently made trash. This appears to be part of a series of "ninja vixens" videos that are essentially a reboot or continuation of the "Kunoichi Ninpocho" series that came out in the late 1980's. It's really just an excuse for ninja naughtiness and softcore porn. Two ninja sisters, Myst and Bell, rescue an injured ronin and take him back to their home with the intention of having sex with him and killing him. They're the last of their clan and must continue their bloodline, but they can't let the impure father live. Luckily for him, both girls fall in love with him and after getting a taste of his manhood they can't bring themselves to kill him. That, and their secret Christian faith also gets in the way. In the end, they all decide to throw away their silly political feuds and embrace love and free will instead. The bizarre ending certainly makes a curious pop art statement, although I couldn't make any sense of it.

Surprisingly, despite the complete lack of content, the costumes, sets, lighting, cinematography, editing, music, and acting are all fairly decent for a low budget production (although Maria's awful pink wig is definitely worthy of ridicule). However, it really suffers in the action department, and the complete lack of blood is disappointing. The "softcore porn for the art crowd" approach is handled tastefully, but the sex scenes are neither erotic or necessary for the plot. Of course, the sex scenes are also the core of the film, so without them you pretty much have nothing. Not surprisingly, the end result is an uninteresting waste of time.