The Machine Girl (aka: Kataude mashin gâru) by Noboru Iguchi

The Machine Girl

The Machine Girl

Look at that poster! How can you NOT love it?! It has a chick, dressed as a school girl with a fuckin’ great gatling gun for a forearm!

The story is a simple revenge plot. A school girl’s brother, and his friend, are bullied to death (literally!) by a gang of Yakuza youths. Our school girl heroine wants deadly revenge for her dead brother and sets about killing the youths responsible. Along the way she gets captured, and tortured, by them. Missing her left forearm, she manages to escape and is helped by the grieving parents of her brothers friend. They help her get well again and equip her with a gun for an arm. Needless to say, a massacre ensues…

If ever there was a live action anime, The Machine Girl is it. It has the school girl who excels at sports and is practically a ninja in her own right with a friend who idolises her. The weak school boy who’s getting bullied, as is his chubby bespectacled friend. Whenever someone is shot, it is never just a few bullets, it’s bloody carnage! Bloody sprays everywhere, and in one scene the flesh is shot off one person revealing most of their skull! The mother of the bespectacled boy just happens to be a mechanic, the Yakuza father takes things to extreme father/son relations and the mother of the Yakuza kid just happens to be a sadistic bitch with a rather odd, mechanical, bra.

No dribbles of blood in this film, it sprays everywhere!
No dribbles of blood in this film, it sprays everywhere!

Although it has to be said: the acting is pretty woeful. But then, in their defence, the story is hardly believable, nor serious. The effects are pretty good and range from the bog standard hose of blood through to some, what looked to me like, CGI.

She literally shoots the flesh of his bones!
She literally shoots the flesh of his bones!

As long as you can suspend all shades of belief, this is a good, fun, film to watch. There’s no real serious moments in it, and even if there are it’s overshadowed by some bad acting. Basically, if you can watch a cheesy anime (or read a cheesy manga) then you’ll love this film.

This is the schools professional mourners club (no seriously).
This is the schools professional mourners club (no seriously, it is).

The writer/directors next movie, Tokyo Gore Police, is due out early 2009. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it as it looks even more disturbing than Machine Girl!

Rating: ★★★★½

[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1050160/]

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