Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Machine Girl

Last year, when I read about this film in the catalogue of Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival, I first thought it was a joke. Now that I watched this, I still think that this film is a joke. Nonetheless, in some way, The Machine Girl is, without any doubt, an entertaining film that wouldn't have any difficulty to find its audience among us, North Americans. In fact, to be amazed by this film, all you have to do is to forget how this film doesn't take itself too seriously as an action film. By the way, if you have a weak stomach, skip this film for obvious reasons.


We begin through this film by following an ordinary Japanese High school girl, Ami Huyga (Minase Yashiro), who lives with her younger brother Yu (Ryôsuke Kawamura). Besides, she takes care of him ever since their parents committed suicide after allegations of murder. One day, Yu and his friend Takashi are bullied by Sho Kimura's (Nobuhiro Nishihara) gang, who happens to be the son of a yakuza leader. When Yu and Takashi die, Ami tries to avenge her brother's death, but has one of her forearms cut by the yakuza's leader. Later, the couple who lost their son, Takashi, helps Ami by making a machine gun that she can stick to her arm.

Always bear in mind that this film is just made for entertainment. Nothing less. Nothing more. With its very simplistic storyline (speaking about the structure) you'll be brought to the action scenes very quickly. In other words, the story itself is a sort of no-brainer that doesn't take itself too seriously if you think about its cartoon-like extreme violence. In addition to that, the story is little bit predictable and the cast's performance, which is awesomely ridiculous, would simultaneously reminds you of what you saw in the French Canadian TV series Le coeur a ses raisons and, to another extent, Kung Pow.

Although I put a rating for myself, rest assured that I'm viscerally convinced that The Machine Girl will entertain you for some obvious reasons. You like action films? Go for it. Ever thought about watching another film that is as gory as Kill Bill with its depiction of blood geysers when a limb or a head is cut? Go for it.

Rating: 2/5


The Machine Girl
Japan/USA (2008)
Length: 97 minutes
Genre: Action
Screenplay: Noburu Iguchi
Director: Noburu Iguchi
Starring: Minase Yashiro, Ryôsuke Kawamura, Nobuhiro Nishihara and Kentaro Shimazu


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