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Full-throttle splatter-ific Japanese cyberpunk science fiction/horror at its most aggressive, this mind-blower about alien parasites that turn their human hosts into slave "Necroborgs" will leave you dizzy and drained - in a good way. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Issei Takahashi ... Yôji
Aoba Kawai ... Sachiko
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenichi Kawasaki ... Tanaka
Shôichirô Masumoto
Shôjirô Suzuki
Toru Tezuka (as Tôru Tezuka)
Ayano Yamamoto

Directed by
Yudai Yamaguchi 
Jun'ichi Yamamoto 
 
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Jun'ya Katô  screenplay (as Jun'ya Katô)
Yudai Yamaguchi  story
Yukihiko Yamaguchi  story
Jun'ichi Yamamoto  idea

Produced by
Yukihiko Yamaguchi .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Shinji Kugimiya 
Shu G. Momose  (as Shuji Momose)
 
Makeup Department
Taiga Ishino .... special makeup effects artist
Maki Mizui .... special makeup effects assistant (as Sayako Nakoshi)
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... special makeup effects supervisor
 
Art Department
Keita Amemiya .... character designer
 
Special Effects by
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... moldmaker
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... special effects
 
Other crew
Rosemary Dean .... english subtitles
Isao Karasawa .... action director
Tak Sakaguchi .... action director (as Taku Sakaguchi)
Tetsuro Shimauchi .... english subtitles
 

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Also Known As:
"Fundoshi Corps 1" - International (English title) (series title)
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Meatball Machine became the international breakthrough movie of Yoshihiro Nishimura's career, as a result of the extensive coverage his special make-up effects work on it received from then-independent movie news website Twitch, beginning over a month before its premiere at the now-defunct Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival.See more »
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plot keywords: intestines, stabbed in the chest, 29 January 2013

Despite being made just a couple years before The Machine Girl, Tokyo Gore Police, etc, and having the same special effects guy, Meatball Machine's a whole 'nother ballpark than that sorta hyperactive/campy/fun entrail splatter--it's a gory horror film, but its angle is more sparse and psychological, even a bit depressing. The symbolism of this alien symbiote thing drilling blinders into its victims' eyes is obvious: it's all about alienation and difficulty relating to others, presumably things you're familiar with if you're watching Meatball Machine, ho ho. Maybe it's all just an excuse for giant cyborg mutant fight scenes. When the action picks up, it feels a little like Ultraman via Akira or Tetsuo: The Iron Man or something, a body horror Godzilla film, Power Rangers directed by Cronenberg. You get the idea.

The gore? Superb. The rest of the effects are a mixed bag. You can't really be too picky with movies like this, but for the most part artistic design triumphs over the low (no?) budget and it looks pretty great, with costumes giving the convincing impression of twisted flesh wrapping itself around the nonsensical protrusions of malignant cybernetics. On the other hand, the less shown, the better, in many cases. There must be dozens of very long shots of this rather pathetic looking little hairy, wet alien puppet that nobody really needs to see for more than five seconds, I reckon. They must have been really proud of it for some reason.

The plot is occasionally somewhat coherent. Cough. Yeah, this didn't need to be more than 20, maybe 30 minutes, but it's interesting in terms of gutter curio, a neat little gore-soaked morality play.

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