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The Machine Girl
The One-Armed Machine Girl

Japan 2008
produced by
Yoshinori Chiba, Yoko Hayama, Satoshi Nakamura, John Sirabella (executive) for Fever Dreams, Nikkatsu
directed by Noboru Iguchi
starring Minase Yashiro, Asami, Kentaro Shimazu, Honoka, Nobuhiro Nichihara, Yuya Ishikawa, Ryosuke Kawamura, Demo Tanaka, Nahana, Taro Suwa, Noriko Kijima, Kentaro Kishi, Ryoji Okamoto, Erika Terajima, Hiroko Yashiki
written by Noboru Iguchi, music by Takashi Nakagawa, special effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura, visual effects by Tsuyoshi Kazuno

Machine Girls

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Schoolgirl Ami's (Minase Yashiro) kid brother Yu (Ryosuke Kawamura) has been killed by a gang of bullies led by teenage Yakuza-heir Sho Kamura (Nobuhiro Nishihara) - and now she wants revenge. But her trail for revenge only leads to her being brutally tortured by Sho's mum (Honoka) and dad (Kentaro Shimazu) and her left arm being stir fried and cut off.

Somehow though, Ami escapes the Kamuras' torture dungeon and makes it to the home of Miki (Asami) and Suguru (Yuya Ishikawa), whose son has also been killed by Sho and gang, and who agree to help her get revenge, Suguru by building her a machinegun to attach where her arm was, and Miki by fighting along her side.

First, Ami and Miki have to fight their way through a gang of teenage ninjas who even manage to kill Suguru, then they have to face the fact that the Kamura clan has gone into hiding (where the parents of the killed ninja kids are trained to get their revenge on Ami and Miki).

Finally though, after torturing a Kamura-henchman by driving nails through his head until hegives away the hideout, it's an all-out battle against the Kimuras, a battle during which Miki loses her leg but substitutes it with a chainsaw to soon die a hero's death, during which Mrs Kamura reveals her drill bra and destroys Ami's breasts, during which pretty much all Kamura henchmen plus Mr Kamura die extremely bloody deaths, and during which Sho hides himself behind three innocent highschool kids he knows Ami can't kill, as it would be like killing her brother all over again.

Ultiamtely though, Ami, who has run out of ammo, has substituted her machine gun with Miki's chainsaw and catches both Sho and his mother at the same time to saw their heads in two ... ouch.


If you think Machine Girl uses excessive violence to tell its story ... you are of  course abolutely right, but at the same time, you're only seeing half the picture, since Machine Girl shows its excessive violence in such grotesque, over-the-top ways, it never actually seems brutal as such but rather exhilarating (though I have to state at this point, all the gore-scenes are explicit as can be).

So this of course poses two questions: a) Is it ok to be entertained by excessive on-screen violence, and b) does this film promote violence?

Answer a): In the case of Machine Girl, yes it is ok to find this kind of outlandish brutality entertaining, since it has almost no connection to real life violence.

Answer b): Hell no, this is not a film that carries any pro-violence, pro-vigilante message, it merely shows violent scenes that are so out-of-this world that no one in his right mind would try this at home right after watching the film. I mean, people are not stupid ... right?

So this leaves one question open: Was Machine Girl a good film?

Hell, yeah, in its own, grotesque way, and taken as a laugh-inducing gorefest rather than a message movie, the film was quite simply brilliant, showing an amazing number of wholly inventive (if totally unrealistic) ways to torture and kill people, all done comicbook style and with the maximum amount of gore splattering. Now true, there have been more intelligent movies, and on a story level, Machine Girl is less than original (and possibly intentionally so), but quite probably, it's the ultimate party movie and also quite probably the ultimate gore comedy around.




review © by Mike Haberfelner


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