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Maidroid (2008)
"Rôjin to rabudôru: Watashi ga shochô ni natta toki..." (original title)

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Mr. Ueno, retired, lives alone; he talks to Maria, a maid-droid his parents brought from their factory decades ago. Maria became Ueno's companion after his parents' deaths, and now her ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hiroshi Fujita
Hiroyuki Kaneko
Masayoshi Nogami
Yôko Satomi
Anri Suzuki ...
Inspector Akagi
Mari Yamaguchi
Akiho Yoshizawa ...
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Mr. Ueno, retired, lives alone; he talks to Maria, a maid-droid his parents brought from their factory decades ago. Maria became Ueno's companion after his parents' deaths, and now her battery is run down; there are no replacement parts. Meanwhile, Inspector Akagi and her police squad are looking for a serial rapist that may not be human; however, if it's a robot, in harming people it would be disobeying Asimov's rules of robotics. Akagi's inquiry takes her to a droid factory run by Mr. X; he helps by explaining why host-droids, the male equivalent of a maid-droid, don't sell. What will Ueno and Akagi learn about love and the nature of men and women? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Two Good Ideas, One Bad Movie
31 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This seemed like the director didn't know which movie he was filming - a soft-core sci-fi porn about a robot serial rapist or a really sweet movie about a boy who grows up loving his maid robot. As it stands, either would be okay in it's own genre (soft-core vs sci-fi fantasy), but this movie just comes across as confused. There are several scenes that are hilarious if you're not easily offended by nudity and mimed sexual acts.

The plot which the movie is named after is about a man, Ueno (possibly Hiroshi Fujita?), who gradually falls in love with his prototype maid-bot, Maria (played by the adorable Akiho Yoshizawa). She coaxes him to at least attempt to fall in love with a real woman and get married, but he can't stand how greedy and mean real women are in comparison to his submissive and ever-willing-to-please maid-bot. He spends almost his entire life with her even when her battery dies.

In stark contrast from their love, we get to see an Otaku, a Japanese Fanboy, get berated by two single women on television for playing with dolls instead of cultivating real relationships. He finally has enough of their taunts and mean-spirited jabs and beats them up, claiming that real women want rich, handsome men and have no time for him so why should he bother trying to impress them when he can find comfort with a doll. We see him later in a hilarious scene where he tries out the newer version of maid-bot. Whereas Ueno loves Maria, the Otaku substitutes a real relationship for sex with the doll.

While the Otaku samples Maid-Bot, the female detective tracking the serial rapist robot is in the next room talking to a ghost-in-the-shell puppet man who explains the difference between what men want in a partner versus what women want. The puppet also explains the drive to preserve one's life and how it applies to the rapist. The detective gets her answer and is able to solve the case.

I gave this a four out of ten simply because it didn't seem like a really coherent story when meshed together. Sure, the two messages are opposite sides of the same coin, but the movie suffered from having to show both sides. I might have scored it higher if it had just focused on the old man trying to buy a new battery for his Maria.


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