Kataude mashin gāru (The Machine Girl) Reviews
However, the emotional content, especially at the begining actually made me cry - as despite the overblown nature of events the idea is still familiar from reality. This is possibly the ultimate revenge fantasy for anyone who'd dreamed of paying back those who bullied them.
All in all, an utterly fun and thoroughly disgusting time. It realizes its power doesn't lie anywhere near plot, acting, or even basic decency. Surprisingly, the power it does have, as an utterly gross low-budget gore-fest, actually manages to quite effectively compensate.
Bring popcorn. Bring friends. Yell loudly at the screen. Have fun.
This is a boring revenge flick that plays off comedic/cartoonish stylings as seen in Evil Dead. None of the gore is inventive - and gore action is the only thing this movie is about. Some of the fight scenes look like practice choreography instead of the filmed version.
This movie wasn't terrible, and if you want action gore it may satisfy, but I didn't find anything unique or memorable in this one. Well, except the drill boobs.
This film is an insane gorefest and can be likened to the rather brutal revenge/exploitation films of the 70's as well as some FPS games (the style of the shoot-outs). The violence is gratuitous and ludicrous, the characters are caricatures, and nearly everyone under 30 is really pretty (at least one of women is a porn star).
Personally, I love melodrama. That's basically what a 3rd of this film is, straight up melodrama, done, almost over the top, but not quite. Hence that's not where the comedy lays. All the jokes and gags are in the hardcore violence and gore. That's where this film goes over the top, and as a result becomes an extremely effective modern grindhouse-type flick. This really seems like the filmmaker, Noboru Iguchi, said, "Fuck it, this is what I wanna make and I don't care what becomes of it." Because of this, some of the effects aren't great, and you can totally tell sometimes that the main characters' real arm is tucked in her super loose shirt (this is after she uses it), but this is all forgiveable because of the great kick-ass b-movie-ness of it.
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).