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Japan 1989
produced by
Yoshishige Shimatani, Tetsuhisa Yamada, Tomoyuki Tanaka (executive), Eiji Yamaura (executive) for Toho, Sunrise Inc, Bandai Visual, Kadokawa Shoten, Imagica
directed by Masato Harada
starring Masahiro Takashima, Brenda Brakke, James Brewster Thompson, Aya Enyoji, Yujin Harada, Kaori Mizushima, Doll Nguyen, Jay Kabira, Randy Reyes, Mickey Curtis, Yosuke Saito
written by Jim Bannon, Masato Harada, music by Toshiyuki Honda, special effects by Koichi Kawakita

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It's somewhen in the mid-21st century, the Robot Wars are long history, & now a gang of smugglers has thought it a clever idea to go to the deserted island/industrial complex Kyron, where the Robot Wars had their origins, to salvage whatever's left from the company's glory days - especially very valuable computer chips & a vial containing Texmexium, the power source of Kyron - & sell it to the highest bidder on the black market.

Not too bad an idea, wouldn't the defensive systems of Kyron still be switched on, & now Kyron is throwing everything imaginable at our smugglers, from flying landmines to biodroids, & pretty soon all our smugglers are taken out, except for Brooklyn (Masahiro Takashima), who tries to go through with it on his own.

He soon & unexpectedly meets a Texas Ranger, Nim (Brenda Brakke) who has crashed on Kyron in an attempt to get the Texmexium, if for other reasons, & the 2 become unlikely allies, & soon really get their hands on the Texmexium in a concerted effort ... but soon, after they have found 2 native kids, 7 (Yujin Harada) & 11 (Kaori Mizushima), who help them get about on Kyron, Brooklyn's & Nim's partnership breaks up again, & while Nim takes off on foot with the Texmexium - which she soon loses - Brooklyn finds a damaged Gunhed unit - which basically is a giant robot - repairs it & tries to get off of Kyron with it, but has to fight many dangers, including other giant robots, doing so. & as if that wasn't enough, the Texmexium is put bacfk into its place on Kyron, which will in a few hours cause Kyron to turn into a giant reactor.

In the end however, Brooklyn & Gunhed have fought Kyron with all they've got, & Brooklyn can not only get the Texmexium but also save Nim - with whom he eventually becomes a couple -, 7 & 11 & take them off the island, just before it blows up ...

 

In case you are wondering: Yes the actual plot of the movie is every bit as silly as my synopsis makes it sound, but somehow this still is an entertaining film. Somehow director Harada manages to not take its story too seriously without making outright fun of it, instead he  enjoys playing with his wonderfully ploastic special effects & over the top robot designs - an enjoyment that clearly translates onto the screen & makes this a fun sci-ci-actioner.

However, if you can't grasp the concept of giant robots fighting, don't even bother to watch.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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