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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 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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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90 min
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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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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The visceral pleasure of watching cyborgs tear each other apart, 22 September 2007
Author: K_Todorov from Bulgaria

Directed by the duo Yudai Yamaguchi (Battlefield Baseball) and Jun'ichi Yamamoto "Meatball Machine" is apparently a remake of Yamamoto's 1999 movie with the same name. I doubt I'll ever get a chance to see the original so I'll just stick commenting on this one. First of what is "Meatball Machine" ? A simple in noway pretentious low budget industrial splatter flick packed with great make up effects and gore. It's not something you'll end up writing books about but it's nevertheless entertaining if you dig this type of cinema.

"Meatball Machine" follows the well known plot. Boy loves girl but is too afraid to ask her on a date. Boy finally meets girl. Girl gets infected by a parasitic alien creature that turns her into a homicidal cyborg. Boy, in turn does also transform into said thing, and goes on a quest to save his love. Will he succeed? Who gives a damn, as long as there is carnage and death I'm satisfied.

The plot is simple, relatively clichéd but it does it's job well enough setting the movie's course straight forward into a bloody confrontation between the two leading characters. There is a subplot focusing on how the parasite that infected the girl came into to their lives. And yes it too luckily shows more violence. I'm happy. Acting is what you would expect from a no budget splatter film. It's not exactly painful for the ears but it's not exactly good either.

The movie's main attraction besides the violence and gore (like I haven't mentioned that enough already) are the cyborg designs. Done by Keita Amemiya who's work in creating outlandish creatures and costumes for both movies and video-games is well known. The necroborgs as they are called in "Meatball Machine" look stunningly detailed. Without the usage of CGI Amemiya's designs are a breathtaking fusion of flesh and metal, painfully awesome in their appearance. Able to transforms various parts of the body into cool weaponry such as saws, rocket launchers, blood-firing shotguns and so on and so on. Though you can easily recognize the cheapness of the film, necroborgs are A-movie class.

"Meatball Machine" is "Tetsuo The Iron Man" mixed up with "Alien" all done in low budget and extra ketchup mode. It's an immensely entertaining film that disregards modern special effects and proves that the splatter genre is still alive and kicking.

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