Yoshie, the younger and ill-treated sister of a renowned Geisha, is discovered to have natural strength and fighting ability. She's recruited into an army of Geisha assassins by the rich ...
See full summary »
On her sixteenth birthday, Rin (Yumi Sugimoto), a bullied, timid schoolgirl witnesses her parents killed by fearful, anti-mutant humans. Rins dormant mutant abilities are awakened and she ... See full summary »
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 ... See full summary »
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.
Keiko, the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, runs away from home when his Karate-style regimen becomes too severe. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is ridiculed by the eccentric staff and guests.
Transfer student Monami has a secret and a past that has caught up with Mizushima. Deceiving Mizushima into eating a token gift of chocolate, laced with her blood, he is then catapulted ... See full summary »
Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan. After accidentally causing the death of his father with a super-powered, ... See full summary »
Her beloved mother murdered by a vicious gang of assassins, young Yuki (2007 Best Buttocks Award-winner Akiyama) transforms herself into a gothic lolita killing machine, wielding a lethal ... See full summary »
Wracked with guilt over the suicide of her bullied sister, young karate student Megumi accompanies four older friends on a trip into the woods: smart girl Aya, her druggie boyfriend Také, ... See full summary »
Set in a future-world vision of Tokyo where the police have been privatized and bitter self-mutilation is so casual that advertising is often specially geared to the "cutter" demographic, ... See full summary »
A raucous teen boy with a feminine face is teased everywhere, so his odd biker father dresses him as a girl and sends him to an all-girl school. The lad introduces himself as Sukeban, and a... See full summary »
Yoshie, the younger and ill-treated sister of a renowned Geisha, is discovered to have natural strength and fighting ability. She's recruited into an army of Geisha assassins by the rich and powerful owner of a steel-works, Kageno. During training large (and interesting) parts of their bodies are altered into weaponry directly linked to their brains. Yoshie soon realizes that Kagenos real plan is to have his robotic castle throw a new and very powerful nuclear bomb into the centre of Fuji-san, effectively destroying Japan entirely. With the help of other 'Kageno defectors', she sets out to stop him and his Tengu warriors. Written by
The "WTF Japan" subgenre sure jumped the shark fast
They had a good run, really. The Machine Girl had heart; Tokyo Gore Police had a bit of a blacker heart, but took the psychosexual splatter thing to its logical conclusion; Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (lol) is, as far as I know, the only GORE ROMANTIC COMEDY. (Maybe Dead Alive/Braindead also counts.) Anyway, all great stuff. Now, this. By this point they found their audience--the 20-something irony/niche/internet meme/Adult Swim crowd--and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but I dunno, this is lazy--it seems more about tossing that audience some self-aware jeer-fodder than unapologetically making a good trash film. Diminishing returns are felt: the scatological excess and "weirdness" is suddenly all rather contrived, and over-reliance on CGI makes it all feel toothless. CG was used for quick embellishments in the previous films, but practical effects were emphasized; here, corn syrup and exploding prosthetics are almost entirely replaced with digital red spray. What's a gore movie without actual gore effects? It's like a porn where coitus is replaced with vulgar crayon drawings. Actually, that doesn't sound so bad, but this is.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?