Monday, June 09, 2008

BRIEF THOUGHTS: The Machine Girl

Director: Noboru Iguchi
Starring: Asami, Minase Yashiro
Synopsis: After a gang of bullies kill her brother and chop off her arm, a high school girl goes on a rampage of revenge with a machine gun as a replacement appendage.
Thoughts: A Japanese movie that's out on DVD in the USA before hitting theaters in Japan? What? It's a weird distribution deal, but we're lucky to have it, because this is one fun movie. Think Kill Bill meets Monty Python. This is B-movie making at its finest - the acting is sometimes laughable, the CG effects are cheesy, and the blood gushes like a sprinkler from even the smallest of wounds. Just when you think the plot or the action can't get any more ridiculous, it does, and that's a true testament to the strength of the writing - even though it relies on some conventional plot elements, it somehow comes off as refreshingly original. This is the kind of movie you watch with a bunch of friends after a stressful day at work, and spend the whole time talking back to. If you're in the mood for a cheesy plot and buckets of red corn syrup, it doesn't get much better than this. I mean, come on, it's a Japanese schoolgirl with a machine gun arm fighting ninjas and yakuza! Don't question, just enjoy the ride!