Samurai purinsesu: Gedô-hime (Samurai Princess) (2009)
Movie InfoA beautiful woman is actually an instrument of violent revenge in this blood-spattered action story from Japan. In ancient Japan, people live side-by-side with mechanical human replicas, created by rogue inventors, which have suddenly and dangerously gone mad, leaving a remarkable trail of carnage in their wake. Desperate to avenge the killings and restore order, one of the inventors creates an especially powerful robot from the remains of a beautiful princess, who was murdered along with her friends by one of the androids. The mechanically enhanced princess (Aino Kishi) is equipped with eleven deadly weapons, and she's sent out to do battle alongside a human warrior who has a musical instrument so loud it can be used to destroy his enemies. Samurai Purinsesu: Gedo-hime (aka Samurai Princess) was the first theatrical feature for director and screenwriter Kengo Kaji; the cast includes two leading stars of the Japanese adult video industry, Aino Kishi and Mihiro Taniguchi. The film received its North American premiere at the 2009 New York Asian Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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I'm unashamedly fond of this genre of over-the-top, ultra-gory, and often hilarious Japanese movies. When done right, they're endlessly entertaining. Samurai Princess is not one of the finer examples that I've seen.
The story is a revenge tale about a girl who becomes a Mecha (super-powered humans modified with the body parts and souls of the dead). She's searching for a group of men and two other Mechas who are responsible for the assault and dismemberment of a group of her friends. The plot is not presented in such a straightforward way, though, and there's a revolving door of random characters that pop up spout some back-story, get in a fight or two, and then die or disappear.
The action scenes are weak, the attempts at humor come off as just weird, and not much of anything really makes sense. Samurai Princess is definitely a low-budget affair, with most of the money seemingly going renting the various warehouses it was filmed in.
The only real entertainment to be found is from wondering what inexplicable thing is going to happen next. Watch if for that, or don't bother with it, at all.
9/10 on the WTF scale, 4/10 as a movie.
And please don't ask what the title has to do with the actual movie, because I've yet to figure that out.
A woman takes on the souls of eleven raped girls and becomes a cyborg to avenge them. Played in a magical, mythical forest, the setting raises some potentially interesting fantasy ideas, but they're trampled over in a rush to get to the crazy (and badly done) gore scenes. The version I saw was dubbed, which made it even worse. Formulaic splatterpunk with low ambitions.More
Plot: Samurai Princess takes place sometime, somewhere in an alternate universe version of feudal Japan, where people live together with highly developed mechanical dolls. However, excessively developed mechanical dolls start causing harm to the human society, leading to ghastly bloodshed. A mad scientist creates a female ninja "mecha" infused with the souls of eleven of her fallen sisters and she uses their combined power to take down those responsible for their deaths.
If you enjoyed other mechagore films like Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police then odds are you'll like this one too since it comes from the same writer as TGP and features the same gonzo gore and bizarre weaponry in Machine Girl. (i.e- Chainsaw leg, scissor foot and even breast grenades.)
Once again this one is flimsy on plot but who really watches these for a intriguing storyline anyway.
Samurai Princess is another film that is part of the Japanese gore genre. Kengo Kaji has already done similar writing with Tokyo Gore Police, but this film is a let down.At a brief 82 minutes, this picture lacks the entertainment factor. A good portion of the middle is bland with very little in the way of violence and gore. There is even an unnecessary sex scene, which is passable for one in a soft-core porn. There are scenes with the Mikazuki and Mangetsu characters that are mildly entertaining, albeit quite ridiculous like everything else in this picture.The extremely over the top violence and gore lives up to expectations, thanks to Yoshihiro Nishimura. Breast grenades and a tricked out guitar are just some of the weapons to witness with the fountains of blood. The action itself isn't that great. Everything is quick, with the exception of the final fight that employs an interesting sequence at one point.Most of the overacting is annoying and this is mostly because the characters are uninteresting. The lead, Aino Kishi is mediocre at best. Still, the acting does have a few bright spots. The aforementioned Mikazuki and Mangetsu characters, played by Mao Shiina and Miki Hirase respectively, are more than tolerable.Samurai Princess looks and feels like a Japanese gore flick; however, there are other gore films that are better than this.More
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