Plot: After another wild night at the club, a group of strippers rebels over payment issues and walk out together. While the cash might have been short again, the girls did wind up with an interesting tip from an affluent client, an invitation to an exclusive wine tasting event at a plush estate. Once at the event, the girls meet their benefactors and partake of the expensive wine, letting loose and blowing off steam, until they pass out from all the alcohol and madness. As soon as they wake up however, it becomes clear this was no simple party, as the girls have been taken prisoner and will be used as test subjects for an experimental serum. The formula controls their mind and awakens deep primal instincts for survival and aggression. Their host plans to sell the serum to the military, but first they need a demonstration and the strippers are the guinea pigs. Now the girls are forced to fight each other in an arena, sometimes to the death, but can anyone survive and end the host’s sadistic plot?
Entertainment Value: Kiss Kiss is a fun ride, an action packed, visually dynamic movie, though it does suffer from a sparse narrative and at times, feels a little drawn out when the martial arts aren’t around. So no, this one won’t dazzle in terms of character arcs or general story depth, but it does bring the heat when it comes to style and that helps this one remain memorable. The movie opens with a slick, stylish scene at a strip club and that aesthetic remains intact throughout Kiss Kiss, even pumping the action scenes full of glitz and visual polish. A case of style over substance for sure, but there is a light level of narrative here and while it is mostly just to allow for the girl on girl fights to go down, that’s often enough. Or at least it is when the arena battles are underway, but when focus shifts to the characters between fights, Kiss Kiss slows down a lot and more story would have been welcome. The cast is fine and the women here are beyond gorgeous, which adds a unique element to the martial arts sequence, amplified by the slow motion and visual design touches. But performances are basic when it comes to the thespian skills, which again contributes to the lull when the action slows.
This movie is loaded with beautiful woman engaged in stylish martial arts battles, which prove to be the highlight of the picture. The fights aren’t complex or all that well staged by traditional action standards, but they’re a sight to behold and given a brutal edge, which gives the battles an extra kick. You can tell the filmmakers love slow motion, as it pops up often and the fights seem to be choreographed to emphasize style over technical merit, which works well enough here. If there’s a loss in impact because of the martial arts abilities of the performers, it is more than balanced out by how enthusiastic the girls are and how well designed the visual aspect is here. The violence is amped up as well, so we have splashes of blood, brutal finishes, and as the narrative suggests, an animalistic element to the clashes. I do wish the rest of the movie was up to that level, but the non action scenes drop off more than a little. This could be because what little story is present comes off as heavy handed and almost preachy, but the overly serious tone also has a hand in that. In the end though, more works here than doesn’t, so fans of stylish action flicks should give Kiss Kiss a peek.
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