Yo-Yo Girl Cop is a live-action feature film that pays homage to the manga which it is based on, Sukeban Deka (1976-1982). The franchise also fostered into a TV drama series (3 seasons), mini-anime series (2-50 minute episodes) and 2 other live-action films from the 80’s. Yuki Saito, from the TV series’ first season even makes a cameo. Yo-Yo Girl Cop even gained a parody movie, Yo-Yo Sexy Girl Cop.
The film is a delinquent / high school fantasy cult favourite. The story is action-based, crime-oriented and entertaining throughout. Aya Matsuura plays Saki Asamiya, who goes undercover to a to solve a schoolgirl suicide / terrorism plot. Average viewers that can get over yo-yo as a weapon may find some enjoyment. In other words, if you can embrace the genre, the production-value will make sense and not be a concern to your “experience”.
“The series follows a delinquent schoolgirl who is taken in by the government and forced to fight crime to redeem herself. She is given the codename “Saki Asamiya” and a metal yo-yo that doubled as a badge and made to infiltrate high schools around Japan to investigate and stop criminal activities” (Wiki)
Directed by: Kenta Fukasaku
Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes
aparoo’s words: manga, live-action, action, crime, undercover, terrorism, fantasy
aparoo says 4/5, I wouldn’t mess with her yo-yo
Stream: My Soju