Oneechanbara: The Movie (Chanbara Beauty)

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Critic Reviews for Oneechanbara: The Movie (Chanbara Beauty)

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  • ...it's a mixed bag that doesn't do anything right, meaning it's an occasionally entertaining but unsatisfactory product. [Full review in Spanish]

    January 30, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Oneechanbara: The Movie (Chanbara Beauty)

  • Oct 26, 2011
    Zombie-slaying actioner from Japan with lashings of cheap CGI blood 'n' gore but nicely choreographed action sequences to keep the entertainment levels reasonably high. The story is basic and the characters cliched but I still had fun with this. The main heroine in this is seriously cute too!
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2010
    The film action-horror adapted on the Japanese video game is very much like the game action and therefore lots of fun. The fight scenes are the highlights and really shine. The pathos and drama are pretty standard but necessary. There is only one hot Japanese girl in bikini and a cowboy hat fighting zombies with a samurai sword. Copious amounts of blood and gore. The CGI effects are low but they managed to entertain the audience rather walking out or talking about the effects in the movie. The actors are good, the acting was passable and the zombies.
    Dean M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2008
    I don't know how practical wearing a bikini, feather boa and cowboy hat is when slaying zombies. Quite frankly I don't wanna know. What I do know is that it is damn sexy. If this wasn't enough we are also treated to a tight leather wearing shotgun wielding slayer and a bad ass samurai chick who wears a school uniform. The girls sure are pretty in this. It's all very camp, it's all very cheap but it is all very bloody entertaining. Plenty of back story is crammed in and what could have been a simple zombie survival film turns into a bitter rivalry between two sisters. Each loves the other, though each wishes to be the most powerful in order to gain father's respect. The cheap effects just compliment the video game nature, with blood splashing the camera and swords that begin to glow. The final fight is one that builds and builds, with slow motion running and emotional flashbacks inserted to keep the ante upped. Haven't had this much fun since Yo-Yo Girl Cop and Ninja Cheerleaders. What yer say we go and kick some zombie ass? I say "YES"
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2008
    Yohei Fukuda makes his directorial debut with <i>OneChanbara</i>, which is a live action movie stemming from the The Onee Chanbara video game series out of Japan. A high budget masterpiece this is not, but d*** is this flick enjoyable.<p>This movie feels like a combination of 2 films that I love. They are Kitamura's <i>Versus</i> and Iguchi's <i>The Machine Girl</i>. So naturally, I love this movie as well.</p><p>The budget is low and there isn't much to the story, but how can a man argue when you have beautiful women in sexy outfits kicking butt. There is a ton of CG in this picture and some of it is cheap looking. It is mostly when zombies explode or get cut up. Yet, it is tolerable. The rest of the CG is fantastic and it is all in the swordplay.</p><p>Speaking of swordplay, there is a lot of it. That and mini double barrel shotgun fun. People may complain about the shotgun not needing reloading, but look at the cover. This is not a movie to take seriously. As far as the choreography goes, it is better than you expect. The swordplay is fast and furious and so is the shotgun.</p><p>The run time is only 80 minutes. The first 10 minutes is one long action sequence and the last 10 minutes is the spectacular final fight. That leaves 60 minutes in the middle for a repeating cycle of zombie carnage and slow parts for the story buildup.</p><p>It is a little hard to rate the acting of the lead, Eri Oguto, since she doesn't talk much. She does a nice job at looking good and swinging the sword though. The same goes for female lead # 2, Chise Nakamura. Female lead #3 is Manami Hashimoto and she does most of the acting and talking of the three. All three are passable. I won't say anything about the male lead, Tomohiro Waki, since he is nothing special.</p><p><i>OneChanbara</i> is a perfect film to just sit back and relax to. It will also only take up 80 minutes of your time. Try it if you like over the top Japanese action films.
    JY S Super Reviewer

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