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Iron Ladies II


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Film: C



Though we have not seen the first hit film, it is obvious that the cross-dressing members of the volleyball team that carry over to Iron Ladies II were popular enough in the first film to justify a revisit to the producers.  By default, these types of sequels still have sequelitis, even if much (if any) of the previous film is repeated.


When the unique members of the last film helped their team win a championship, based on a real-life story, where else could the story go?  Well, the usual highs and lows after such a peak, but with an eccentrically gay twist.  Having explicitly gay male characters in health training and as sports figures in itself would seem somewhat subversive, but this film is more concerned about being a harmless, safe comedy than anything else.  It adds the formula of a character or two uncertain of their identity, but if they turn out to be gay, does that mean they will have to be predictably funny the rest of their life?  Obviously, this is not a great film and not a film for everyone.  Perhaps it would have worked better had I seen the previous entry, but Iron Ladies II is not horrible, so it could be a passable part of a double feature with the first film.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image may have some smearing when movement occurs on screen, but the color consistency makes up for that.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is from the theatrical Dolby Digital 6.1 EX sound and has healthy Pro Logic surrounds as a result.  Why no 5.1 is a mystery, but many imports sadly do not retain their original soundtracks.  Oh, well.  The only extras are trailers for both films in the franchise and four other Strand DVD titles.  The writer/director known as Thongkongtoon has some clout.  Now what to do with it next.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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