I am pretty happy to see Salvage Mice on Netflix. The US gets far too great a share of Japanese horror and gore and far too few of these fun little flix with a bit of comedy and heart. Granted, it’s still a “girls in high school uniforms fighting” kind of show, but it uses its Hiroshima location to great effect, and doesn’t fail to give some fun banter, some hints at a love story, and lots of the aforementioned fighting girls and guys.
The main character is a thief played by 23 year old veteran actress Mitsuki Tanimura, and Julia Nagano who is not only from Hiroshima but has been practicing karate for over 11 years according to her blog (which has not been updated in nearly a year.)
Here’s a video of Nagano showing her karate/action star skills:
In the beginning, some of the cheap looking production values may have movie watchers thinking of other films in their queue, but it’s definitely worth watching, especially if you are a fan of this kind of film. Tanimura and Nagano have a nice chemistry and there are a few other characters in there that deliver.
If you are still on the fence then, here’s the Japanese trailer: