THE MACHINE GIRL
Directed and written by Noboru Iguchi
Cinematography by Yasutaka Nakamura
Music by Kohn Nakagawa
Cast: Minase Yashio, Asami, Kentaro Shimazu, Homoka, and Taro Suwa
2008/96 mins/Color/Dolby Digital Surround
1.78:1 anamorphic/Japan/Japanese/NTSC Region 1
Review from Tokyo Shock DVD
A very pretty high school student named Ami (Asami) has her whole world turned to shit, when her younger brother and his friend are killed by a group of bullies. Said bullies are led by the son of a yakuza boss. When, she goes off to try to kill him and avenge her brother’s death, the yakuza hold her captive, torture her, and, eventually, amputate her arm. She escapes and finds help in Miki, the mother of the other deceased boy, who ultimately joins her. Her husband makes a machinegun torrent arm for Ami. Both of the girl must now battle ninjas, super assassins, and the yakuza for their revenge.
This is a really fun, awesome little film! The amount of gore in this movie is ridiculous! The FX are not always convincing, but because of that, they do add to the charm of the film. In fact, I will say that this film is the goriest movie I have seen since Germany’s PERMUTO’S LORD OF THE LIVING DEAD. But, this film is much better than that one (which is not to say PERMUTOS is crap, but...). The gore of MACHINE GIRL includes: drilled tits, head and body bisections, chainsaw mayhem, decapitations, impalings, head-shots, gory squibs, electrocutions, etc. There is an over-abundant amount of spraying, splashing, and splattering blood. In all, it is a gorehound’s wet dream come true!
The movie moves at fast pace and is so over-the-top, that it is pretty fucked, in fact aside from the aforementioned mayhem; attempted rape and even off-camera necrophilia are thrown for good measure! Lead actress Asami handles the exciting action scenes quite well and is so cute, too boot! Even hotter is the girl who plays the yakuza wife. She is delicious, and her drill-bra is a sight to behold! In all this is one of the best films thus far, of the year 2008.
THE MACHINE GIRL shoots its way to DVD courtesy of Tokyo Shock from Media Blasters. The movie is shown in anamorphic widescreen in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The color is a bit soft, but it still looks good, with rich and thick blacks. The Dolby Digital Surround sound can be heard in Japanese or the horribly dubbed English version. The sound is aggressive and ass kicking all the way. Both languages can also be heard in stereo sound.
It does lack in the extras department, though. All it has is a behind-the-scenes featurette, which while being fun and having a few short, little interviews, is way too short. The only other extra is the cool trailer, as well as trailers for: HEROES TWO, DEATH TRANCE, LONE WOLF AND CUB TV SERIES, and ZEBRAMAN.
The single disc comes in keep case with a rather cool cover. The twenty chapters, in which the film is broken up into, can be accessed through the static menu. No inlet is included.
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Review by Giovanni Deldio. All Right Reserved. 2008. ©
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