I sometimes wonder if I have a bit of an Asian fetish. Since around 2000, the majority of films I've been watching and digging come from one Asian country or another. I recently made a list of my favourite films of the 2000s thus far, and the majority are Asian. Heck, my wife is Asian. So, the question is, do I have an Asian fetish? The answer; if they keep making films like this I'll be more than happy to have one if that's what they want. Fuck, they make some kickass movies that really stand apart from the crowd.
Most "crazy" cinema tries to get the audience to accept the lunacy that is happening onscreen (eg: Planet Terror, Slither, etc) whereas a lot of the successful ones just seem crazy whether the audience likes it or not. Sure there are a couple winks to camera, but Machine Girl is plain loopy fun. Moments of extreme violence fused with ninjas and over sentimentality with a dash of vengeance of course. This film played in a theater here in Toronto a little while back and I regret missing it; this is the type of flick that would have been great to see with an audience. The story is reminiscent of many flicks, but the filmmakers have so much fun with it, it becomes nitpicking to complain. This film is about the blood, dismemberments and fun, the entertaining story is just icing on the cake.
With this film, Meatball Machine and the upcoming Tokyo Gore Police I wonder how long it's going to take the internet whiners to start realizing they have more than just ghost stories to complain about coming out of Japan (though I did read a "coming soon" DVD room from a horror website that complained about too many vengeful Japanese schoolgirl films. Though I doubt he could quickly name 5 on the spot, the internet crowd will always prevail when it comes to finding something to bitch about... much like I will probably always loathe (and complain about) most internet reviewers).