The Machine Girl (2008) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Machine Girl (2008)

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  • Release Date:  2008
  • Genre:  Comedy, Splatter
  • Director:  Noboru Iguchi
  • Screenwriter:  Noboru Iguchi
  • Cast & Crew: Minase Yashiro, Asami, Nobuhiro Nishihara, Kentarô Shimazu, Ryôsuke, Kawamura, Yûya Ishikawa, Noriko Kijima, Tsutomu Uchigasaki, Hiroko Yashiki, Tarô Suwa, Hiroyuki Yoshida, Demo Tanaka, Naohiro Kawamoto, Masaki Inatome,
    and Hitoshi Fukushima.

The Machine Girl (2008)Rating:

  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.9/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes =6.2/10.

The Machine Girl (2008) Synopsis:

A girl takes revenge on a gang of bullies who caused the death of her little brother.

The Machine Girl (2008) Review:

The Machine Girl is one of the first, and probably the most reputable, horror movie from the master of Japanese splatter Noboru Iguchi (RoboGeisha, Dead Sushi, Zombie Ass). Historically, this movie is also important because it is pretty much the one that started, by its success, the recent trend in Japan for ultra-gore splatter/comedy movies, for which Iguchi is the uncontested king.

As usual in this genre, The Machine Girl is filled with over-exaggerated fight scenes. Some of them really violent, all of them are really bloody. The movie always conserves this light comedy aspect that makes it lots of fun to watch nevertheless – kind of like the Japanese version of Peter Jackson’s Braindead!

The scenario is a classic revenge story one, with yakuza and kid bullying added to it. But the story is really not the focus of that movie…it is all about the gore and the ultra-violent fights. The machine gun arm is a really cool feature, sort of a Japanese version of our Planet Terror “Girl with the riffle leg”.

In conclusion, The Machine Girl is a great movie and an important one to see if you’re a fan of the Japanese splatter/comedy genre. I, however, found it a little bit too heavy on the shitty story to be above the 7/10 mark. Also, he doesn’t have the crazy fights from Robogeisha or the deviant humor from Dead Sushi or Zombie Ass… but it is a classic for sure.

Although this film is not for everyone, we strongly recommend it to those who frequent otaku and anime websites just to read/watch Tokusatsu and other Jap-live films.

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