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Baby Assassins 2       review by Bobby Blakey

In 2021 director Hugo Sakamoto unleashed the duo of Akari Takaishi and Saori Izawa in the action film Baby Assassins. Now they are all teaming up once again for the next chapter aptly titled Baby Assassins 2 co-starring Atomu Mizuishi, Tomo Nakai, Tsubasa Tobinaga, Tetsu Watanabe, Joey Tee and Tatsuomi Hamada. The film features fight choreography by Kensuke Sonomura and looks to step things up from the first film. Could this be another fun energetic film like its predecessor, or will it deserve its suspension?

Baby Assassins 2 follows two highly skilled teenage assassins who are forced to get “real” jobs to make ends meet after being suspended from their agency due to a rules violation. While the elite duo is forbidden from executing targets or enemies under any circumstances, two aspiring rival hitmen decide to eliminate the competition while they’re vulnerable—leading to a lightning-fast showdown between trained killers.

If you haven’t seen Baby Assassins, it is a Japanese action comedy that focuses on these same two girls in this film. It is a bit quirky and strange, mostly due to their weird psychotic behavior.  It’s a blend of their day to day lives and high energy action that somehow just works in all its weirdness. It’s a film that doesn’t need a sequel nor does it really lead anything into this one other than these girls’ lives, but it is great fun to hang out with them again.

This film takes us a few years later in their lives and hits a lot of the same beats as the first time around hanging out with them eating, silly banter and getting in trouble in between doing hits. We are also introduced to a new duo of assassins that are out to make a name for themselves which means we know it

will lead to another crazy showdown and it does just that. It is wacky and fun following a lot of the same tropes of the first film, but with a little more cohesive story this time around.

There isn’t a ton of action in either film, but once it gets to those moments they are fast paced and well-executed. The fighting style is fun to watch and blends some moments of humor as well as the hard edged intense frantic bloody showdown. This entry took the girls in some fun new directions in their lives while still letting them do what they do best and that is be cute, crazy and badass all at once. They will no doubt annoy some people, but I love watching the insanity of these two and hope we get to see more of them in the future. If not, we at least have two great fun female led action flicks worth checking out.

Grab your copy of Baby Assassins 2 when it hits Blu-ray and digital on April 2nd and then streaming exclusively on Hi-Yah! on July 2nd from Well Go USA.

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