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Cutie Honey: Tears

Live Action Manga

7th August 2017

Kiyoshi Nagai, also known as Go Nagai, will be familiar to some and a complete mystery to others. He is the Japanese manga artist and author of, amongst others, Cutie Honey. Tears is the third attempt at a live-action version of this popular manga series.

A bit of background: Cutie Honey first appeared in 1973. She is an android girl named, Honey Kisaragi who, when she presses a red heart on her collar, transforms into Cutie Honey and fights villains.

There’s some NSFW information available too. If I tell you that one previous live-action version starred ‘Japan’s number one swimwear model’, you’ll get the gist of things.

It appears that Cutie Honey: Tears is an attempt to veer away from that version of things though.

Tears stars, Mariya Nishiuchi as the title character with Takahiro Miura as a reporter. We are in the future, a world where the have’s live high above the have-nots.

Whilst above things are peachy and clean, below the smog is intolerable, pollution kills many and food is scarce. It’s not a million miles from a Doctor Who episode; Gridlock from 2007.

In fact, Cutie Honey: Tears has a distinct Doctor Who feel about it. There’s an android in charge of the city, played by Nicole Ishida. Honey’s father/creator is a doctor, played by Kouichi Iwaki, and Ishida’s ‘henchmen’ are androids, something like a cross between a Cyberman and Dalek.

When he is young and living in the below, Miura sees Honey fall from a tower as her father tries to get her away from Ishida. Miura thinks she’s an angel and spends the rest of his time trying to find her.

When he does, he wants her to help him and his gang of eco-warriors destroy the AI that is controlling the city. The AI they believe to be Ishida.

This rag-tag bunch, and an android, mount their attack in an attempt to stop the smog. They must do this before 3pm or an almighty belch of death-smog will be released.

Cutie Honey: Tears seems the best of the live action and cartoon attempts at Cutie Honey I’ve seen. Not that I’m a huge fan or well versed on it, but a quick Google will show you the previous attempts.

Having said that, and as already mentioned, it feels as if they haven’t removed themselves enough from the history. I feel that Cutie Honey: Tears is an opportunity missed.

A female android with regenerative powers, a woman as the master of the city with android henchmen at her beck and call…why does that sound familiar?

Had they made the film a tad darker, made the story something more powerful than smog, or ramped up the tension, this could have been great.

As it is it’s an hour and a half of film that obviously hasn’t had huge budgets, but wasn’t made on a shoestring either. It’s not the usual Japanese craziness, but not quite serious enough.

And not once does she cry “Honey Flash!” But that’s probably a good thing.

DETAILS

  

DIRECTED BY
Takeshi Asai

WRITTEN BY
Go Nagai

Running Time:
1h 32min

THE QUICK SELL
Kiyoshi Nagai, also known as Go Nagai, will be familiar to some and a complete mystery to others. He is the Japanese manga artist and author of, amongst others, Cutie Honey. Tears is the third attempt at a live-action version of this popular manga series.

CAST & CREW
Go Nagai, Kiyoshi Nagai, Kouichi Iwaki, Mariya Nishiuchi, Nicole Ishida, Takahiro Miura, Takeshi Asai

DETAILS

  

DIRECTED BY
Takeshi Asai

WRITTEN BY
Go Nagai

Running Time:
1h 32min

THE QUICK SELL
Kiyoshi Nagai, also known as Go Nagai, will be familiar to some and a complete mystery to others. He is the Japanese manga artist and author of, amongst others, Cutie Honey. Tears is the third attempt at a live-action version of this popular manga series.

CAST & CREW
Go Nagai, Kiyoshi Nagai, Kouichi Iwaki, Mariya Nishiuchi, Nicole Ishida, Takahiro Miura, Takeshi Asai

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