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People who added this item 159  Average listal rating (98 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
1. So Close (2002)
Karen Mok, Shu Qi, Zhao Wei




Star's real voices in Mandarin audio track only.

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Fanmade Trailers:





Similar: Noir, Naked Killer
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People who added this item 43  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.1 
2. Naked Killer (1992)
Chingmy Yau, Carrie Ng




-Avoid the release that has only English audio.
-Sometimes confused with Naked Weapon. (My rating of that: 2/10)

Similar: So Close
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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 6.6 
3. A Serious Shock, Yes Madam! (1992)
Cynthia Khan

Moon Lee


Similar: The Avenging Quartet
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People who added this item 39  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 5.3  IMDB Rating 5.3 
4. Yo-Yo Girl Cop (2006)
Aya Matsuura


Trailer:


Blu-ray released by BitWel is an upscale.
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People who added this item 23  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 5.8 
5. The White Dragon (2004)
Cecilia Cheung


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Trailer 2:
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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 6.1 
6. Bullets of Love (2001)
Asaka Seto




Trailer:
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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 6.5 
7. Pyrokinesis (2000)
Akiko Yada



Psychic-power-centric.

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Similar: Witch Hunter Robin
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People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.3 
8. House of Fury (2005)
Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung


Trailer (1080p):


Blu-ray
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People who added this item 2821  Average listal rating (1840 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.9 
9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh




Trailer (fan-made):


Blu-ray
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People who added this item 213  Average listal rating (120 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
10. Chocolate (2008)
Jeeja Yanin




UK Blu-ray and DVD have more subtitled extras than US versions.

Music Videos:

http://youtu.be/1GKzAj3w4ho?t=1m6s





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZApOV_86wiE&t=1m12s

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People who added this item 224  Average listal rating (133 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
11. Supercop (1992)
Michelle Yeoh


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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.4 
12. The Avenging Quartet (1992)
Moon Lee, Cynthia Khan, Yukari Oshima, Michiko Nishiwaki




Similar: Angel
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People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
13. Iron Angels (1987)


Moon Lee, Elaine Lui

Yukari Oshima


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Similar: The Avenging Quartet
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People who added this item 94  Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
14. Noir (2001)
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People who added this item 51  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
15. My-HiME (2004)

Magical-power-centric.

Followed by: Mai otome
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People who added this item 21  Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 6.8 
16. Grenadier: Hohoemi no senshi (2004)


AMV


Fun. I recommend the subtitled seiyuu commentaries on the R1 DVDs as well.
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People who added this item 172  Average listal rating (88 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
17. Witch Hunter Robin (2002)


Melancholy. Magical-power-centric.

Similar: Pyrokinesis (2000)
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People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.4 
18. Ikki Tousen (2003)


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People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 6.9 
19. Mezzo Forte (1998)
Followed by: Mezzo
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 6.9 
20. Mezzo (2003)
Preceded by: Mezzo forte
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People who added this item 660  Average listal rating (409 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
21. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)
Summer Glau, Shirley Manson


Cool but excessively gloomy.
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People who added this item 13  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
22. Najica: Blitz Tactics (2001)


James Bond parody. Ludicrous amounts of fanservice--sort of a fanservice parody as well.

My review

Similar: Agent Aika
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People who added this item 38  Average listal rating (23 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.3 
23. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (2003)




Cute. I was expecting this to be saccharine and annoying, but its actually really good. Good acting and lots of laughs.

Short promo:


Pretty Girl [MV]:
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People who added this item 53  Average listal rating (31 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.4 
24. Painted Skin (2008)


Betty Sun

Zhou Xun


Trailer:


More mystery and drama than action, but good.

Blu-ray
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People who added this item 26  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.5 
25. Mai otome (2005)
Preceded by: My-HiME
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People who added this item 77  Average listal rating (43 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.9 
26. Burst Angel (2004)
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People who added this item 47  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
27. My Wife Is a Gangster 3 (2006)
Shu Qi




No need to have seen parts 1 (My rating: 2/10) and 2 (My rating: 5/10).

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Blu-ray
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People who added this item 234  Average listal rating (155 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
28. La Femme Nikita (1997)
Peta Wilson


Sharp, dark series but becomes very tired and empty at some point after the second season, with only shock tactics and poorly set up surprise twists to rely on; I can't remember exactly when--read the reviews. Not optimistic about the fall 2010 reboot after seeing the preview.
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People who added this item 56  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.9 
29. The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
Eva Huang


Charlene Choi


Trailer
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People who added this item 672  Average listal rating (406 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
30. Dollhouse (2009)
Eliza Dushku, Dichen Lachman


Uneven series. Has its moments but has really lost its luster by the end, falling into the typical trap of big out-of-nowhere reversals and twists that cease to have any impact and cheapen everything that went before.

MV (1080p):
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People who added this item 518  Average listal rating (334 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
31. The Brave One (2007)
Jodie Foster

Grim
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People who added this item 4528  Average listal rating (3202 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
32. The Fifth Element (1997)
Milla Jovovich
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People who added this item 2956  Average listal rating (2020 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 8.2 
33. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
First 2 seasons were good and had Drusilla (Juliet Landau):
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People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 6.9 
34. Beyond Hypothermia (1996)


Chien-lien Wu




R1 release is English audio only. There's a custom DVD with Cantonese audio and English subs added.
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People who added this item 62  Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.6 
35. Shadowless Sword (2005)


So-yi Yoon
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 5.7 
36. My Kung Fu Sweetheart (2006)
Cecilia Cheung


Mostly of comedic value, though there's a fair amount of action.
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People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 6.1 
37. Madam City Hunter (1993)


Cynthia Khan


HKMDB review by CaptainAmerica

The R1 DVD by Image Entertainment only has a Mandarin dub. There's a custom with Cantonese.
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 6.9 
38. Royal Warriors (1986)
Michelle Yeoh
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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 6.4 
39. Burn-Up W (1996)
Preceded by: Burn Up!
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 6.7 
40. Burn Up! (1991)
Followed by: Burn Up W
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People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 5.3 
41. Silver Hawk (2004)
Michelle Yeoh, Bingbing Li
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People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.6 
42. Deadful Melody (1994)
Brigitte Lin
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People who added this item 41  Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.2 
43. Kiddy Grade (2002)


Series that's good in bursts, but there's a lot of characters and its convoluted and hard to follow, so it loses some of the punch it otherwise might've had. Apparently they condensed the series into a trio of movies in an attempt to do that.

Followed by: Kiddy Girl-and (Not on IMDb yet and haven't seen it.)
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People who added this item 33  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.5 
44. Madlax (2004)


My review

AMV:


Similar: Noir
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People who added this item 128  Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
45. Gunslinger Girl (2003)


Dark.
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
46. Agent Aika (1997)


Fanservice. Najica: Blitz Tactics is the same but with a better story.
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People who added this item 51  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.5 
47. Cutie Honey (2004)
Eriko Sato


Cheesy.
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People who added this item 1710  Average listal rating (1107 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
48. Serenity (2005)
Summer Glau
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People who added this item 3774  Average listal rating (2467 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.5 
49. Charlie's Angels (2000)
Nothing special, but I included it because I recall finding it modestly entertaining when I saw it 10 years ago.
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People who added this item 2521  Average listal rating (1597 ratings) 5.1  IMDB Rating 4.8 
50. Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
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AKA: Girls With Guns, Skirts Of Fury, Battling Babes, Butt-Kicking Babes, Ass-Kicking Chicks, Action Chicks, Action Heroines, Female Assassin, Female Killer, Female Warrior, Female Martial Artist, Girl Fighter, Chick Fight, Female-Female Fight, Female-Male Fight, Femmes Fatales

This list is for the movies, TV, and anime I recommend that have females fighting (not exclusively females fighting each other) as a central theme. I'm including series with fights using magical or psychic powers but will try to note the ones that are exclusively that. There's a fairly wide range (except for extreme horror/gore like Elfen Lied, The Machine Girl, etc., which I avoid).

Most of my favorites are subtitled Asian movies and anime. With each, rather than put "I prefer turning on the subtitles over the dub," I'll just put it once here because I haven't found any exceptions yet. Most, if I had to listen to the dub, I wouldn't care to watch the movie/series at all, and I often don't even bother checking the dub.

Entries sorted by my rating (those toward the bottom of the list are borderline and could be skipped without missing much). Anything below 3 stars or that don't have very much action I moved to a separate Females Fighting [the 'Non-Favorite' ones] list, so you can subscribe to the RSS feed of this list and not get a bunch of those as updates. There's also a Females Fighting [the 'Not Interested' ones]. And a Females Fighting [the 'Want to watch' ones] list that I'll transfer to this list or the other one as I see them.

Open to suggestions.

Resources:
Alex-in-Wonderland
GIRLSWITHGUNS.ORG

My lists of ratings of movies of some of the actresses on this list:

Shu Qi

Zhao Wei

Karen Mok

Moon Lee

Cecilia Cheung

Charlene Choi

Ziyi Zhang

Chingmy Yau

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 26 15:01
I concur with the above statement
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 26 15:01
I concur with the above statement
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 26 22:52
So Close really was highly entertaining! I love the surprise twist near the end of the flick! [without giving away too big a spoiler] No Character Shields!!! ;D
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 11 23:36
Great list. I love movies where girls get to kick butt. I haven't seen most of these so I have a lot to check out. Good job!
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Jul 5 7:10
Maybe I'm a Chinese immigrant? Or lived in China for a time? Or have Chinese relatives? Actually, none of the above. :) I just saw the movie "So Close," to try something different, loved it, wanted to find others like it, and in searching for them found many movies unlike any I'd seen in the US. I don't have a preference for Chinese--there's just as many Japanese movies (and even more TV shows) I like and a few from Thailand, Taiwan, and Korea as well (though I've had the least luck with Korean movies). I used to stick to American movies because dubs were laughable and the idea of reading subtitles seemed tedious and that I wouldn't get as much out of the movie because I couldn't relate or things would be lost in translation. I still watch US movies but usually get a "been there, done that" feeling and go back to Asian stuff, where even if a movie isn't the greatest, it seems interesting and new. Perhaps, you, if you're from China, have an interest in other country's movies due to already having seen so many Chinese ones.

But I also feel that many of the actors have either a more genuine or upbeat quality (as opposed to a tired, cynical, crude, standoffish, or depressed quality) that isn't valued in US movies, probably because it would seem fake/saccharine/mocking if done by the kinds of actors who are generally popular.
Edit: 4 years, 4 months ago
Posted: 4 years ago at Nov 11 3:19
Air master an anime all about a heroine fighting guys, usually.
Posted: 4 years ago at Nov 11 3:53
Thanks, added to my 'Want to watch' list.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jan 5 13:01
Very nice list. I agree with most of the films you've listed here especially So Close and Chocolate. Btw, there's one more Jeeja Yanin starrer, it's called Raging Phoenix. You might want to include that in your list. Although, IMO, Chocolate is a lot better. You've given me quite a few movies to check out like House of Fury and Painted Skin, so thanks. :) I see you've included animes as well... Noir totally rocks! :)
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jan 6 15:59
Thanks. I've got the Raging Phoenix Blu-ray and will certainly watch it, for the action, at least; its just not high on my list since I saw so many bad reviews for it. Moon Lee movies are what I'm most into at the moment.

If you liked Noir, I'll surely be adding Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (2009) to the list, which is by the same director. (Madlax I'd recommend as well, though less enthusiastically, and I'd pass on El Cazador de la bruja) I'm down to the last 2 episodes, and it gets more Noir-like at the end. There's a Blu-ray release this year, so you might wait for that, in case there are any good extras.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Aug 31 12:00
Thanks, I like your image choices. I am adding some at Rock em Sock em Babes.

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