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Girls with guns

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Girls with guns is a subgenre of action films and animation—often Asian films and anime—that portray a female protagonist who makes use of firearms to defend against or attack a group of antagonists.[citation needed] The genre typically involves gun-play, stunts and martial arts action.[1]

Films

The 1985 Hong Kong film Yes, Madam, directed by Corey Yuen and starring Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock, has been described as the first "girls with guns" film.[2] Other films of the subgenre were produced until 1994, featuring the likes of Yukari Oshima and Moon Lee. In the early 2000s, films part of what has been called a "girls with guns revival" cycle were produced. They included Martial Angels (2001), The Wesley's Mysterious File (2002) and So Close (2002).[3]

Anime and manga

The "girls-with-guns" subgenre has also permeated the anime space. Some examples include Bubblegum Crisis,[4] Dirty Pair,[5][6] Gunsmith Cats,[5] Gunslinger Girl,[5] Noir, Madlax,[7] and El Cazador.[8][9] Other examples of "girls with guns" anime are Masamune Shirow's and Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell and its television adaptation Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex as well as Yasuomi Umetsu's works Kite, Mezzo Forte, Mezzo DSA, and Kite: Liberator.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Movie Bad Girls". Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  2. ^ Funnell, Lisa (2013). "Fighting for a Hong Kong/Chinese Female Identity: Michelle Yeoh, Body Performance, and Globalized Action Cinema". In Lent, John; Fitzsimmons, Lorna (eds.). Asian Popular Culture in Transition. London: Routledge. p. 172. ISBN 9781136300974.
  3. ^ Funnell, Lisa (21 May 2014). Warrior Women: Gender, Race, and the Transnational Chinese Action Star. SUNY Press. pp. 70, 172. ISBN 9781438452500.
  4. ^ "Bubblegum Crisis Collection VHS". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  5. ^ a b c "How Many Girls with Guns Anime are There?". AnimeNation. 2003-10-23. Archived from the original on 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  6. ^ "Dirty Pair Sub.DVD Boxset 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  7. ^ Wong, A. (March 2005). "Inside Bee Train". Newtype USA: 8–15.
  8. ^ "January 3–10 News". Anime News Service. 2007-01-06. Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2007-01-19. Following Noir and Madlax, this El Cazador will be the third installment in a series of what Director Koichi Mashimo has referred to as his girls-with-guns genre trilogy.
  9. ^ Yegulalp, Serdar Yegulalp Serdar Yegulalp is a seasoned technology journalist who has covered anime for nearly a decade our editorial process Serdar. "All of the Best Studio Ghibli Movies From Nausica to Marnie". LiveAbout. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  10. ^ "Justin Sevakis's Review on Kite Liberator". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
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