I clearly saved the best for last (of the Japanese exploits that I currently have anyway). Machine Girl is crazy fun. And it even has backstory to spare that isn’t needed (unless it’s expanded on in the spin-off short).
This is basically a gore revenge flick with extra lots of blood and gore, used in that charmingly “extreme” way (as opposed to say the ‘brutally exteme’ way of something like horribly draining Marytrs, which I may never watch again unless someone else really gives me a reason).
The British tagline for this movie is “A film so incredibly outrageous it couldn’t possibly exist”. Way better than “It’s Payback Time!”.
Ami Hyuga (Minase Yashiro) has been raised to believe that violence doesn’t solve problems. That all changes when nothing but it comes at her when she tries to find out who killed her brother. Her brother’s friend was also killed and Ami finds a sidekick in Miki (Asami), who is quite-a-bit-too-young-to-be-the-mother-of-a-teenager (but is probably the most watchable actor of the bunch). They need each other, because it just so happens that a gang run by the son of the local yakuza boss is responsible.
I was disappointed with OneChanbara (see below), but this one pulls out all the stops. This isn’t just an off-the-cuff J-Vid splatter film. Even though it blantantly steals some ideas from Grindhouse and The Evil Dead (which are and have been ripped off completely anyway), the (minimal) plot and pacing actually keep you in the story as the body count piles up. This probably has something to do with the fact that writer-director Noburo Iguchi displays some obvious filmmaking talent. I’ll have to check out some of his other films (if I can get my hands on them), especially his next feature: RoboGeisha. Yoshihiro Nishamura (director of Tokyo Gore Police) is doing the effects for this one, and for his own next feature: Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl. A must see for the title alone!
I was trying to find a suitable blood-drenched still to post, but there are too many to choose from. The anticipation of this one will have to do: