Cat's Eye (1997)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Catwoman meets Mission Impossible in this ultrastylish crime thriller directed by Kaizo Hayashi. Based on a popular manga series that appeared during the 1980s, Cat's Eye recounts the exploits of a trio of sisters who sport slinky skintight catsuits and steal expensive high-priced paintings from Japan's finest institutions. Using cunning, gravity-defying agility and high-tech equipment that includes lipsticks that shoot rockets and dispense plastic explosives, the three are so confident in abilities to bemuse and bewilder the police -- particularly a clumsy, if cute, detective (Kenta Uchida) -- that they publicize in advance the what, when, and where of their next heist. Of course, in spite of impossibly tight security, this trio always manages to get what they're after. The sisters are Rui (Norika Fujiwara), who, being the oldest, is the gang's leader, Hitomi (Izumi Inamori), the glamorous middle sister who is an ace at disguises, and Ai (played by teen icon Yuki Uchida), the youngest, who is high-tech wiz. The trio's motives prove to be not entirely commercially minded: all of the paintings stolen were the work of their father, who was kidnapped under mysterious circumstances. Complicating their goal of reclaiming all of their father's paintings are the sisters' various romantic entanglements: the detective falls for Hitomi, who works as a waitress when not thieving, while a rakish foreign student moons after Ai, who works at a tech lab. At the same time, a rancorous band of Chinese triads, lead by a shadowy mobster known only as The Emperor, is intent on muscling in on the sisters' turf and making life more than a little tricky for the trio.