The Machine Girl – Review May 27, 2009Posted by Cello in Movie Reviews.
Machine Girl is pretty straight forward. A hot schoolgirl in a sailor outfit tries to look out for her wayward brother. She goes mad with rage when her brother is killed for upsetting the local Yakusa brat. She tries to get revenge but instead ends up getting her arm hacked off. But as Rose McGowan in Planet Terror once showed us, even though you are an amputee, you can still have some fun. Fountains of blood everywhere, people getting cut in two, decapitations, drillbra mayhem… it’s all in there… This really is a perfect midnight movie; it’s simple, fast paced, funny and gory as hell. Basically Machine Girl is a revenge flick, pure and simple.
The Machine Girl was written and directed by Noboru Iguchi, and stars gravure model Minase Yashiro as the title character in her debut role. The movie’s pacing is almost never sluggish for something that is from Japan. The “talking” parts between the fights were short and interesting enough that it didn’t slow the movie down at all. It’s perfect for those with short attention spans as the movie instantly smacks you in the face with some blood and guts right from the start.
As the youtube clip I have provided below would suggest, the violence starts with a bang and the ending is so over the top, you can’t help but cheer. I’ve seen better movies in this genre, Tokyo Gore Police comes to mind, but it doesn’t really matter because it’s got a hot schoolgirl amputee, a kickass evil Yakuza boss and more blood and guts than a slaughterhouse. Her most entertaining opponent would have to be the woman wearing a drill bra. She embraces you and your breasts are turned into pulp. This was a fine exploitation scene that captures all that is good in B-movie insanity.
If all that seems like overkill, it is. Clocking in at 97 minutes, the repetitive scenes of severed limbs and arterial spray did eventually start to grow tiresome. There’s no false advertising with this one though. The Machine Girl is an absolute bloodbath from start to finish and never pretends to be anything else but that. All this of course is shown in the film without taking itself the least bit seriously, and the end result is a comedy. Even the tragic deaths of the innocents are played for laughs here, either by their outrageous nature or by the cartoonish evilness of the murderers. I recommend this movie, however, only provided you can get into the proper mindset.