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The Machine Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled & Dubbed) (Japan Version)
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Extreme Asian Cinema makes a splashy return with The Machine Girl, director Iguchi Noboru's gloriously gory splatter film about a schoolgirl with a rather destructive limb. North American video company Tokyo Shock co-funded this knowing exploitation film, which has earned notoriety for the unbelievable and entertaining manner in which it pushes the boundaries of good taste.

Typical teenager Ami (Yashiro Minase) enters revenge mode when everything she loves is taken from her. Already orphaned after her parents took their own lives, she loses her younger brother Yu when he and his friend Takahashi are killed by arrogant Yakuza offspring Sho (Shimazu Kentaro). Enranged, she confronts Sho, only to be tortured by Sho and his drill-bra wearing mother (A/V star Honoka), leaving her with an amputated left arm. However, she's nursed back to health by Takashi's parents (Ishikawa Yuya and A/V star Asami), who teach her the art of street-fighting and outfit her with a mechanical machine gun arm. Now armed and exceptionally dangerous, Ami takes the fight back to Sho, his mother, and even some mechanically-enhanced demon warriors. Mayhem, madness, and over-the-top bloodletting ensue.

Quickly earning a cult following based on Internet buzz, Machine Girl received its North American video release before its corresponding Japanese theatrical and video debuts. Still, the Japanese DVD release eclipses the North American release, thanks to the inclusion of some exclusive extras. Besides a behind-the-scenes documentary, trailers, and a photo gallery, the release includes a trailer for the second Tokyo Shock-funded project, Tokyo Gore Police, as well as the "Machine Girl spinoff". Also directed by Iguchi Noboru, the 20-minute short film Hajirai Machine Girl features a different "Machine Girl" played by Kijima Noriko. However, instead of a firearm attached to her arm, she has one attached to her, uh, butt...

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Product Title: The Machine Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled & Dubbed) (Japan Version) 機關槍少女 (DVD) (日、英語字幕 / 配音) (日本版) 机关枪少女 (DVD) (日、英语字幕 / 配音) (日本版) 片腕マシンガール The Machine Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled & Dubbed) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Yashiro Minase | Asami | Honoka | Shimazu Kentaro | Nishimura Yoshihiro | Suwa Taro | Nishihara Nobuhiro Yashiro Minase | 亞紗美 | 穗花 | 島津健太郎 | 西村喜廣 | 諏訪太朗 | 西原信裕 Yashiro Minase | 亚纱美 | 穗花 | 岛津健太郎 | 西村喜广 | 诹访太朗 | 西原信裕 八代みなせ | 亜紗美 | 穂花 | 島津健太郎 | 西村喜廣 | 諏訪太朗 | 西原信裕 Yashiro Minase | Asami | Honoka | Shimazu Kentaro | Nishimura Yoshihiro | Suwa Taro | Nishihara Nobuhiro
Director: Iguchi Noboru 井口昇 井口升 井口昇 Iguchi Noboru
Release Date: 2009-01-23
Publisher Product Code: IFD-105
Language: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: 2DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1012209048

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Professional Review of "The Machine Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled & Dubbed) (Japan Version)"

October 6, 2010

This professional review refers to The Machine Girl (DVD) (US Version)
The Story

College girl Ami lives alone with her younger brother Yu after their parents killed themselves from shame over false murder accusations. Vowing never to lose any more loved ones because of violence, Ami and Yu try to settle any argument they encounter in a civil, peaceful way which gets very difficult to do when Yu and his friend Takeshi are targeted by a vicious gang of bullies, led by the son of a Yakuza-clan leader. The gang's indifferent brutality leads to Yu and Takeshi being killed, and when Ami tries to investigate what happened she gets viciously assaulted by the gang members' parents. Ami snaps, forgoes her peaceful ways and becomes a killing machine out for justice. Killing the Yakuza clan turns out to be quite difficult though, because they are members of the Hattori Hanzo ninja dynasty!

When a fight with these ninjas has Ami losing an arm, she gets nursed back to health by Takeshi's parents who own a garage. Before you can say "A-Team" they make a wicked new arm for Ami: an eight-barreled machine gun. Vengeance is nigh!

The Movie

Now Noboru Iguchi's latest work is not for everyone. His earlier film Sukeban Boy already showed that he's not afraid to stretch a concept beyond it's ripping point if it means he can get an extra laugh or a gasp (or both!) out of his audience, and in The Machine Girl he goes nuts. This film falls happily into the "mega-gore" category. Everyone who gets wounded in this film starts spraying gallons of fake blood around, interspersed with some smoke from the pneumatic systems used to propel all these fluids. Knives, chainsaws, katanas, shuriken, a flying guillotine, a drillbra, the aforementioned super machine gun ... all feeble excuses to show as many outrageously bloody effects as possible.

All this of course is shown in the film without taking itself the least bit seriously, and the end result is a comedy. Even the tragic deaths of the innocents are played for laughs here, either by their outrageous nature or by the cartoonish evilness of the murderers. When a schoolfriend gets killed by Ami's enemies, the leader of the group tells his underlings to rape the corpse, saying the opportunity to have sex with a college girl doesn't come by every day (upon which command the goons start disrobing enthusiastically). In bad taste? Sure!But it's so over the top silly that you cannot take it seriously, therefore, the overall tone remains light as a feather. And seeing these evildoers get their due punishment later on is all the more fun because of it.

Acting is indeterminable in a movie as purposely bad as this one. It tells the story and never are you supposed to expect a realistic reflection on human nature. Hamming things up in this film is not a risk, it's a requirement!

Asami and Honoka, the female leads playing Ami and Takeshi's mother, are incredibly easy on the eyes. Especially since they are always doing fun things like hammering nails through yakuza thugs or sawing them in half while giggling to each other. No matter how cruel or unusual they punish their enemies, you keep rooting for them.

Surprisingly, even with the director of Sukeban Boy and a cast pulled largely from pinku and real porn movies, the exploitation is all in the violence. Those who want to see some nudity will need to look elsewhere. This film only goes for the slightest bits of titillation, all based around -you guessed it- what happens with a schoolgirl uniform once you start fighting in one.


So is this a masterpiece? Sadly, no. It sure as hell is fun, but almost all of the choice bits can actually be seen in that glorious trailer. The rest is basically filler, but it could be worse: at least it's not boring filler. Noboru Iguchi is several notches too smart to let his film get stalled by unnecessary exposition or "character development", and what little he has put in is such a caricature that it is still entertaining. Just not on the level of, say, Peter Jackson's Braindead to name a title (and not quite THAT gory either). But should you have an audience at hand willing to go along with the joke, few films will be more fun to watch than this one.

Highly recommended, provided you can get into the mindset necessary!

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Customer Review of "The Machine Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled & Dubbed) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.3 out of 10 (3)

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August 17, 2009

What´t this.... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
After you watch this movie you will say this for sure. It´s a hardcore fx movie with lots of gore...For all the Fangorian guys out there, you will love this movie !!!
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April 11, 2009

Gory fun Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
An excellent movie. One of my favorites.
There are a lot of funny and creative effects throughout the movie.
It has a nice, simple storyline that is enough to drive the main character to get revenge.
Lots of over-the-top violence to keep you laughing. Great performances by all of the actors.
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November 27, 2008

1 people found this review helpful

.... Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
seen this movie at a slumber party..
nice storyline but..
the effects are just sooo unreal!!!
we laughed at the effects throughout the whole story..
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