During the Japanator coverage of A-kon trip in Dallas I managed to pick up an early copy of Tokyo Shock’s original new feature, Machine Girl. Our regular readers on Japanator may have seen an earlier post with a trailer about this movie.
The Machine Girl was written and directed by Noboru Iguchi, and stars gravure model Minase Yashiro as the title character in her debut role. This movie might remind you of another movie, Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror, where the heroine replaces a missing limb with a firearm. Even all the effects here are similar to that style of Grindhouse Exploitation films. From the cheesy dialogue to the over the top violence, blood spraying everywhere, and even huge amounts of fake gore. And it’s even got an awesome 60’s/70’s style intro title sequence. This movie also made with a small budget like those Exploitation films and the style suits it very well.
I also watched this for the promise of some pantsu---- and it delivers!
This movie does have tons of gore, dismemberment and blood, but isn’t graphically realistic like “torture porn” movies (see Hostel). The fight scenes in the movie border on the ridiculous side to the point that those desensitized to violence would just laugh at the over-the-top effects. The movie takes itself seriously enough that you may find yourself laughing from the sheer absurdity of the situations in it. Once you get to the tempura scene, you’ll understand just how ridiculous this movie will get later on. The movie’s pacing is almost never sluggish for something that is from Japan. The “talking” parts between the fights were short and interesting enough that it didn’t slow the movie down at all. It’s perfect for those with short attention spans as the movie instantly smacks you in the face with some blood and guts right from the start.
There's also an awesome deal on Amazon for this DVD for $12.99!.
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