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Furies 2023 Movie Review
There have been many action flicks with kick-ass females at the center. On the wholesome glitzy side, Charlie’s Angels. Andy Sedaris cluttered the 80s landscape with a slew of soft-core pornish outings for Dona Speir and a bevy of hunks and silicone-enhanced babes as super government agents. (James Bondage, anyone?) Others from here and abroad – especially several East Asian countries – have ranged from the serious to moderately sexy to outright spoofs. This one lands at the grittiest end of the spectrum, and does so with an above-average plot and cast.
A Saigon woman rescues three young women and trains them to take down Saigon’s biggest psycho gang leader, who deals drugs, runs casinos and clubs, and – worst of all – abuses and traffics young women. The trio have their own traumas and find both sisterhood and purpose in their mission.
The three are quite attractive and often shown in skimpy, yet still PG-13ish, outfits. But they’re at their peak in the training and fighting sequences. No idea if any of them are real martial artists, but they look very convincing in combat.
Nothing gets soft-pedaled here. There’s no nudity, and most of the sex is forced, not romantic. It’s also as gory as any contemporary male-dominated productions.
Veronica Ngo stars, directs and co-wrote. Her real co-star is fight choreographer Kefi Abrikh. He’d done the same with Ngo as the star of 2019’s Furie, for which this is a prequel. No need to have seen that to enjoy this one. When you’re looking for this type of guilty-pleasure flick, Furies delivers on all counts.