The Machine Girl

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The Machine Girl Review


The Machine Girl is one of those movies that is successful only because it tries to be bad. (Remember Snakes on a Plane?) Of course, that doesn't make it good. Ninjas, flying guillotines, drill bras, a girl with a machine gun for an arm -- how could you not want to watch this movie after viewing the trailer? Unfortunately, Girl is also one of those movies with a trailer that shows all the best parts, rendering everything in between underwhelming by comparison.

Want to have a good time? Don't watch the trailer, gather a bunch of friends, and sneak some forties into this movie. The trailer spoiled all the best parts for me, but I can certainly imagine how outrageous this movie would've been had I walked into it blindly. The conundrum here is that most people probably would have no interest in watching this movie without seeing the trailer. And if you have seen the trailer, well, I guess the movie is still worth watching, but I'd either try to sneak in through the fire exit or wait for it to come out on DVD.

Whew. With that said and done, Girl is a Japanese revenge fantasy that revolves around Ami Hyuga (Asami), whose brother is brutally murdered by bullies for lunch money. In a Kill Bill-like fashion, Hyuga starts hunting down his killers one by one. But when she confronts the ninja/Yakuza family responsible for her brother's death, she's outnumbered and captured. Rather than killing her, the family chooses to torture her, first slicing off her fingers and then her left arm. She manages to escape and seeks refuge with a friend who engineers a machine-gun arm for her to aid her in her revenge quest.

You'll get everything you want out of a movie with this premise. It's a 90-minute splatterfest with enough blood spraying to fill a swimming pool. The bad guys are so bad they're not just senseless killers; they're also necrophiliacs. It's always fun to see how far the Japanese will go with the bizarre and the grotesque, and clearly in this movie there's no limit line.

Director Noboru Iguchi made a wise decision by not taking the movie seriously. The over-the-top visuals and cheesy lines like "What would Mom and Dad say, before they killed themselves over murder allegations?" make it clear this movie is a big joke aimed to amuse in the cheapest ways possible. Takashi Miike made the mistake of trying to make a serious movie out of Ichi the Killer, which was about a sexually repressed man who fights with blades that come out of his shoes. That movie is as repugnant as Girl but is lacking the laughs, which makes it feel more like you're watching a snuff film. Awkward.

Aka Kataude mashin gâru.

Reviewed at the 2008 Hole in the Head Film Festival.



The Machine Girl

Facts and Figures

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Friday 23rd May 2008

Distributed by: Media Blasters

Production compaines: Fever Dreams

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 6.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Noboru Iguchi

Producer: , Satoshi Nakamura

Starring: Minase Yashiro as Ami Hyuga, Asami as Miki Sugihara, Yûya Ishikawa as Suguru Sugihara, Kentarô Shimazu as Ryûji Kimura, Honoka as Violet Kimura, Noriko Kijima as Yoshie, Ryôsuke Kawamura as Yu Hyuga, Nobuhiro Nishihara as Sho Kimura, Nahana as Masako Fujii, Kentaro Kishi as Yôsuke Fujii, Demo Tanaka as Kaneko / Kimura gang member, Tarô Suwa as Kimura gang member

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