Chanbara Beauty (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chanbara Beauty (2008)





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The dead have risen to feast on the flesh of the living, and just when it seems that all hope for humanity has been lost, bikini girls with machine guns take one last shot at saving mankind from certain extinction. In the near future, a deranged scientist named Sugita has conducted a series of experiments intended to reanimate the dead. Unfortunately for the entire population of the planet, these experiments were a resounding success. Now, as a massive, shambling army of the undead launches a bloody war against their living counterparts, wandering beauties Aya (Eri Otoguro) and Reiko (Manami Hashimoto) team up to destroy every last zombie in sight. Unfortunately, Aya's sword-wielding schoolgirl sister Saki (Chise Nakamura) is in league with the nefarious Sugita. When Aya discovers that Saki has killed their father, she vows to take brutal revenge against her murderous younger sibling. Meanwhile, the zombie population is growing at an alarming rate.

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There is no Samurai Bikini Squad, people! Just one rather ordinary-looking woman who occasionally strips down to a bikini during a sword fight. There's also not much of a story, lousy acting, cliche after cliche, HORRIBLY cheezy CG (including CG blood, which is always a dead giveaway of a crummy flick) and no internal consistency. Characters suddenly exhibit supernatural powers when it might make the constant action more interesting, and other times they don't have those magical abilities. Bikini squad? Heck, no. There's more screen-time for a grossly obese, bleached-blond comic-relief guy than there are bikinis in this video game flick. Even the zombies are inconsistent. How can a Japanese zombie action flick wind up being so lame? Skip this one, even if you're a fan of Japanese exploitation flicks.

Brian Seitzman
Brian Seitzman

Too stupid and dull for me to get past the first half hour. With this premise, you'd think it'd be entertaining on some level but it somehow manages to take itself too seriously and isn't artful enough to be enjoyably cheesy. This film is crippled by it's lack of irony.

Bob Pelletier
Bob Pelletier

I realize that video game-to-movie adaptations are never very good, but how do you make a film about a cowboy hat wearing, bikini clad warrior who chops up zombies with a sword... and making it utterly boring? Just a string of missed opportunities for titillation or wit or squalid gory glee, the whole thing just falls flat from the first shot. It didn't even excel in gratuity.

Steve K
Steve K

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