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The Machine Girl (2008)
"Kataude mashin gâru" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Thriller  -  23 May 2008 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minase Yashiro ...
Ami Hyuga
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Miki
Kentarô Shimazu ...
Ryûji Kimura / Kimura gang boss
Honoka ...
Violet Kimura
Nobuhiro Nishihara ...
Sho Kimura
Yûya Ishikawa ...
Suguru Sugihara
Ryôsuke Kawamura ...
Yu Hyuga
Demo Tanaka ...
Kaneko / Kimura gang member
Nahana ...
Masako Fujii
Tarô Suwa ...
Kimura gang member
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Ami Hyuga (voice)
Dan Green ...
Yusume (voice)
Jason Griffith ...
Ryota / Additional voices (voice)
Erica Schroeder ...
Masako (voice)
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Sushi Chef (voice) (as Herb Lawerence)
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Ami is a typical college girl. She's bright, friendly, popular and athletic, with nothing to set her apart from other girls her age other than the fact that she is an orphan, left to care for her younger brother after her father committed suicide after being falsely accused of murder. But while there is tragedy in their past, the siblings' future looks good, except for one thing. Ami's brother has racked up a considerable debt to another boy at school, and that boy just happens to be the heir to a clan of vicious ninja-yakuza. Ami's brother can't pay, violence breaks out and in the course of trying to avenge her brother, Ami is captured by the clan. They torture her and hack her arm right off. Ami escapes, barely alive, and is taken in by the owners of a machine shop who build her a customized, bullet-spewing arm. From that point, the quest for revenge is on in earnest. Written by Todd Brown for Fantasia Film Festival

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The Machine Girl - One Armed Ballistic Assault Heroine


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The family kami (god) of the killers is Hanzo Hattori. Hatori Hanzo was a famous ninja and is often referenced in various fiction and entertainment. See more »

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At the showdown, the scene starts with Sho hiding behind three students who are tied together. When his mother is electrified, he then steps through the three, one of them visibly stepping apart from the other two. See more »

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Amazing
31 May 2008 | by (IN) – See all my reviews

Well, I just watched this, and I'm still trying to collect my thoughts. As cliché as it sounds, this was mindblowing! A random $12 purchase of a new movie at Wal-Mart (!) of all places usually equals a really sucky film. But why not take a chance when it's the always-reliable Tokyoshock involved? And lo and behold, this particular film (which may be the only Tokyoshock film I've even seen sold there) which was stupidly placed in the "Espanol" section of the DVD's went above and beyond the call of duty. Everything I'd ever want in a movie and more is contained within this particular film! First of all, it should be said that Tokyoshock MADE this film -- they usually just distribute (usually great) films. And I too was wary of "film fans making a film". That usually leads to pure crap or something that is just too smug and self-referential for its own good....

However, what Tokyshock did with this film was take everything that makes these "Japanese gore revenge epics" good -- and they trimmed all the fat and removed everything that usually bugs these things down (long scenes where nothing happens, unintentionally poor acting, etc). Every scene here is amazing! The film is hilarious, surreal, jaw-dropping, and ridiculous (in the best way possible). Just a good time for everyone involved. It's actually shockingly offensive, too -- in a hilarious way. Not trying to beat you over the head here, but just as you think the film might stop being entertaining, it goes in a completely new direction. However, it isn't some "wacky" Japanese film throwing random scenes and stupid gags at you for no apparent reason; this isn't Snot Rocket and Super Detective! This is made with a shocking amount of class -- good acting, a functional story, and no scene feels out of place. Crazy what a minor bit of production will do to a low budget film.

You get hilarious child murders, crazy families, insane kung fu, 3D ninja stars, and the most gore to ever be on screen since Riki-Oh, Dead Alive, and Premutos -- in fact, there is gore that is even more effective than those three films combined! To sum it up: Gory as hell, full of comedy and insane over-the-top action. Seems to hit on every Japanese film cliché but goes completely over the top. Completely extreme on every level and hilarious. Offensive, gross, ridiculous. Probably the best NEW film I've seen in a long, long time. Recommended for gore lovers, lovers of cheese, lovers of good acting, lovers of great film! Pretty much perfect. No reason to be long-winded about it: You HAVE TO see this film.

What else to say? Instant classic. See it instead of Indiana Jones or other Hollywood garbage.


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