Oneechanbara: The Movie (2008)

 |  Action, Horror  |  20 June 2008 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Eri Otoguro ...
Tomohiro Waki ...
Tarô Suwa ...
Dr. Sugita
Manami Hashimoto ...
Chise Nakamura ...
Ai Hazuki ...
Satoshi Hakuzen
Hiroaki Kawatsure
Sari Kurauchi ...
Tomoya Nagai
Tetsu Watanabe
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Masahiro Okamoto


In the year 20XX a mysterious scientist discovers a way to bring back the dead . . . only it turns one town into a zombie-infested hellhole. But when the world falls into ruin, only one woman, her trusty katana and sexy bikini can save them. And as she takes down one zombie after another, she also pursues the younger sister she wants to take to task for killing her father. Written by Doodle210

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Onechanbara - Zombie Bikini Squad  »

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When she places the sword on her sister's grave, Aya still has the bloody cut on her face that she received during the final sword battle. A few seconds later, the cut is gone and remains gone for the rest of the scene. See more »


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A bikini samurai squad fighting zombies. How does this not have an Oscar?
19 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"So, feel like killing some zombies?"

Zombies doing karate. Hot girls in bikinis (and cowboy hats) fighting school girls with samurai swords. Copious amounts of blood and gore. Yep, this must be Japanese.

Onechanbara is another entry into the quite popular ultra-gory, shock-action genre of Japanese movies. It's over-the-top in a thousand different ways, and more akin to a video game (which it's based on) than most movies. All the violence is stylized and not the least bit realistic, which fits the tone of the movie perfectly. There's lots of random slow-mo and guns that never need to be reloaded, and even the emotional moments and special effects are handled in a thoroughly cheesy way. There's lots of fighting and enough of a plot to string it all together. What more do you need?   

As for the story, there's an evil scientist with a weird eye, something about a search for a couple of sisters, and (more importantly) loads o' zombies. I have no idea how closely the plot adheres to that of the games, and I'm pretty sure that the people who made the movie probably don't, either. If you're curious about why Aya wears a bikini and has a sword that appears to be magic, or why Reiko's shotgun never runs out of ammo...well, you're watching the wrong movie. This nothing more than absurd action entertainment, and it ended up being better than I thought it would be.  If you're a fan of movies like Machine Girl, you'll be right at home, here.

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