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The Machine Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Reduced Price Edition) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

Suwa Taro | Iguchi Noboru (Director) | Honoka | Asami
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The Machine Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Reduced Price Edition) (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.

This edition includes a behind-the-scenes documentary, trailers, a photo gallery, and a trailer for the second Tokyo Shock-funded project, Tokyo Gore Police.

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Product Title: The Machine Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Reduced Price Edition) (Japan Version) 機關槍少女 (DVD) (英文字幕) (廉價版) (日本版) 机关枪少女 (DVD) (英文字幕) (廉价版) (日本版) 片腕マシンガール スマイルBEST The Machine Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Reduced Price Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Suwa Taro | Honoka | Asami | Shimazu Kentaro | Yashiro Minase | Nishihara Nobuhiro | Nishimura Yoshihiro 諏訪太朗 | 穗花 | 亞紗美 | 島津健太郎 | Yashiro Minase | 西原信裕 | 西村喜廣 诹访太朗 | 穗花 | 亚纱美 | 岛津健太郎 | Yashiro Minase | 西原信裕 | 西村喜广 諏訪太朗 | 穂花 | 亜紗美 | 島津健太郎 | 八代みなせ | 西原信裕 | 西村喜廣 Suwa Taro | Honoka | Asami | Shimazu Kentaro | Yashiro Minase | Nishihara Nobuhiro | Nishimura Yoshihiro
Director: Iguchi Noboru 井口昇 井口升 井口昇 Iguchi Noboru
Release Date: 2011-06-02
Publisher Product Code: TBBBN-5001
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Country 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: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024066327

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タイトル:片腕マシンガール: スマイルBEST

『デスカッパ』DVD発売記念! 日米で物議を醸した東京SHOCKシリーズ第1弾、初の廉価化!!

女子高生アミは唯一家族である弟ユウと、慎ましくも幸せな日々を送っていた。そんなある日、容赦ないイジメを受けた弟が突然帰らぬ人となってしまう。「ユウが死ぬわけないわ…誰かが殺したのよ!」そんなときユウの部屋からノートが見つかる。不審が確信に変わったアミは、服部半蔵の末裔であるヤクザの息子が犯人であることを突き止め、家まで乗り込む。そこで残酷な拷問を受けたアミは片腕を失うことに…。何とか脱出に成功し、同じく息子を失ったミキのもとを訪ねるアミ。二人は衝突しながらも大切な存在を失った者同士、共に復讐することを誓う。かくして、再び復讐を果たすべく、アミの猛特訓が始まった!!

R−15

テクニカル・インフォメーション
:カラー
画面:Vista-16:9LB
言語/音声:日本語:ドルビーデジタル5.1chサラウンド

その他の情報
製作年:2007
備考:1枚組
映像特典収録/音声特典収録
日本小売価格:¥2267

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Professional Review of "The Machine Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Reduced Price Edition) (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.

Conclusion

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!

by Aardvark - Twitchfilm.net

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

Simon
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August 17, 2009

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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

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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

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.... 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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