The Machine Girl (2008)
Director: Noboro Iguchi
Seemingly custom-made for Japanese horror/splatter fan boys this movie actually seems to be a remake of the earlier Korean movie “Teenage Hooker Became Killing Machine in Daekaroh”, although no one would know that as that movie was awful and people walked out of the screening I saw it at. From what I remember that movie has the gattling gun mounted in the main character’s vagina and even that wasn’t enough to make the movie worth seeing.
The basic plot is the standard revenge fare as Ami (Minase Yashiro) seeks out the child of a local Yakuza gang who killed her brother Yu (Ryosuke Kawamura).
After a strange sequence with the parents of one of the boys that killed her brother, where she ends up with her arm looking like tempura, she renounces her peaceful ways and turns violent. Predictably she ends up being captured by the Yakuza and tortured. She does escape, minus an arm and ends up in the garage owned by the parents of the friend of her brother who was killed by the Yakuza brat.
Miki (Asami), the boy’s mother is reluctant to help her at first, but works it out after an arm wrestle and they help her out by making a gattling gun to replace her lost arm. They soon come under attack by ninja assassins, leading to tragedy and Ami getting to try out her new arm.
Miki swears revenge and vows to fight to the death alongside Ami to kill all the Yakuza. The last part of the film is pretty much all splatter so it will be more fun to see it yourself.
This movie is well aware of the type of audience it wants, so most of the reviews will be fan boys having a huge toss over it, quite pointless really as the movie is what is and doesn’t really need to be explained.
It is very violent, but is in the comedy splatter category with the carnage being so over the top that it is very comic book and not the nasty Takashi Miike type violence.
If you have seen the trailer you would have already decided to buy the movie based on what you thought so I can’t really say anything to change your mind. It’s not the worst thing I have seen and it is doing very well on DVD (it had sold out on Amazon last time I checked) so I am sure lots of people will get to see it.