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quietearth [Film Festival 06.07.08] movie review horror comedy

Year: 2007
Director: Noboru Iguchi
Writers: Noboru Iguchi
IMDB: link
Trailer: link
Review by: quietearth
Rating: 6 out of 10

Ah, the piesta de resistance and the last film I watched at the fest. What can I say new about it as it was released on DVD this past Tuesday? It went over incredibly well to a packed house, so packed in fact I had to get up half way through because the guy on my left was so big he was taking up half my seat too. While I watched the last part standing up, it was still decent.

Yes, Machine Girl is action packed, it starts out with a bang and doesn't stop till the credits roll. In the trailer you've probably already seen the finger sushi, the chain attached device which seperates heads from their bodies, and plenty of samurai action, but really, there's a more tender, softer side to the film. Haha, just kidding.

Really though, there's a love between brother and sister (with a little implied incest), but unfortunately he gets killed. THIN SETUP! Revenge is the name of the game, and in pursuing this, poor Machine Girl gets her arm chopped off by a yakuza boss which helps bring about her designation. Bloody, spraying stumps abound and the way I would describe the flick is as a modern, campy, Shogun Assassin.

Part of the revenge tale involves the yakuza's son, a smug sadistic boy who walks around in a furry coat the whole film. Him and his crew were responsible for her brothers death. The boys yakuza parents are very protective, and at one point the father goes so far as to slit his wrist open so the boy can drink his blood. The whole movie follows this over the top style, it's an homage to everything Americans love from Japanese cult film.

This brother/sister pair had no parents as they commited suicide after being accused of murder. While odd, this was only part of the very thin storyline. The movie is basically a vehicle for action, gore, and comedy, but more like a hemi cuda, not a pinto. It has a couple of specialty ninja groups, one comprised entirely of parents seeking revenge themselves. They're called the "SUPER MOURNER GANG!" and their introduction almost brought down the house. Yes, The Machine Girl seems to have it all including the kitchen sink, and it's just as much fun as it was designed to be. Watch it with friends, and enjoy!

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Sunny Joy (12 years ago) Reply

HA! I was wondering where you went.


quietearth (12 years ago) Reply

I'm back now baby! woohoo!

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