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(aka 'Kataude mashin gāru' or 'The Machine Girl' or 'The One-Armed Machine Girl')

Directed by Noboru Iguchi
Japan / USA
2008

 

Ami (Minase Yashiro, in her film debut) is a tough but otherwise average high school girl, trying to lead a normal life. Her world comes crashing down when her brother and his friend are killed by ruthless bullies. As Ami tracks down the ringleader, she is surprised to discover the bullies' association with a sinister ninja yakuza family. When she goes after her revenge, she soon finds herself in over her head and minus her left arm. Barely surviving, Ami escapes and seeks out shelter from two kindly garage mechanics. They take pity on her, fitting her with a high-powered machine gun where her arm used to be. She then teams up with the chainsaw-wielding mother (Asami) of her brother's slain friend and together they unleash an unholy, non-stop, over-the-top kill fest against the equally creative machinery (drill bra, flying guillotine) of their relentless ninja enemies. When the very idea of THE MACHINE GIRL was introduced to the world, an internet phenomenon was launched. Many believed a film so outrageous couldn't possibly exist. But here it is, in all its uncut, gory glory from the creators of DEATH TRANCE, MEATBALL MACHINE and SUKEBAN BOY.

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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. When a schoolfriend gets killed by Ami’s enemies, the leader of the group tells his underlings to rape the corpse, saying the opportunity to have sex with a college girl doesn’t come by every day (upon which command the goons start disrobing enthusiastically).
In bad taste?
Sure!


But it’s so over the top silly that you cannot take it serious, therefore the overall tone remains light as a feather. And seeing these evildoers get their due punishment later on is all the more fun because of it.

Excerpt from Twitch located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: February 8th, 2008 - European Film Market

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Distribution Tokyo Shock - Region 1 - NTSC Tokyo Shock - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:37:03  1:36:10.765
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.46 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

Disc Size: 24,957,878,656 bytes

Feature Size: 23,644,618,752 bytes

Average Bitrate: 25.01 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), (Dolby Digital 2.0),  DUBs English (Dolby Digital 5.1), (Dolby Digital 2.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 1856 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1856 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 896 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 1807 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1807 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 896 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 929 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 929 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 968 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 968 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Tokyo Shock

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette: Behind the Scenes of Machine Girl (10:02)
• Original Trailer

DVD Release Date: June 3rd, 200
8
Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Tokyo Shock

Disc Size: 24,957,878,656 bytes

Feature Size: 23,644,618,752 bytes

Average Bitrate: 25.01 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

Edition Details:

• Featurette: Behind the Scenes of Machine Girl (10:02)
• Original Trailer

• Machine Girl Light (22:21)

Blu-ray Release Date: April 26th, 2011
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12
 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Tokyo Shock Region 'A' Blu-ray: April 2011: Not much to say - the single-layered Blu-ray is more brownish than the greener DVD transfer - and I'll have to assume that this is more accurate... and intentional. There is still plenty of noise - the image may be a bit lighter - no chroma and it is progressive. Tracks of all flavors (original and English DUBs of both 5.1 and 2.0 stereo) in lossless DTS-HD Master sound fairly robust - compared to the SD disc but those with more sensitive ears and discerning equipment will notice more. There are optional subtitles.

Same extras as the DVD (Behind the Scenes and trailer) but they add the 'Machine Girl Lite' 22-minute take-off piece.

The film didn't improve upon re-visitation and the kitschy appeal has, kind of, evaporated. Perhaps I wasn't in the mood - but certainly no upgrade is recommended but first timers may as well get the Blu-ray as, at the writing of this review, it is even cheaper than the DVD. It's good for a one time laugh and the price certainly isn't gouging (no pun intended). 

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ON THE DVD: Obviously utilizing some of the kitsch surround Rodriquez' Planet Terror with Rose McGown frequently sporting a prosthetic weapon, this Japanese wannabe film has the conceptual idea but incorporates some excessive, although cartoonish, violence for this reviewer (I may avoid Sushi for a while). I can, however, see many getting a lot of entertainment value from The Machine Girl.

In regards to the image quality - perhaps it was intentional but the low-level contrast exposes some unhealthy noise and a bit of chroma. The disc is dual-layered, progressive and anamorphic with an excessive bitrate (if we can trust it). The film itself may have been going for a certain style but I don't find it transfers well to SD-DVD. It was easily watchable and the occasional weaknesses could be considered giving it a kind of 'grindhouse' effect. I didn't see theatrically so I can't be sure. Good news is that I don't see excessive manipulation and the image is fairly clean.

The audio comes in flavors of original Japanese (5.1 and 2.0) and two similar English DUBs (which the 5.1 English appears to be the default setting). The English subtitles don't match the DUB that's for sure - although both export the, usually unimportant, scripted dialogue well enough to know what's going on (not rocket-science here folks).

Supplements include a 10 minute, interlaced, 4:3, 'Behind the Scenes' with input from the cast as they go through their paces post or pre-scenes. The length is about right as it doesn't have much in-depth information to express. There is also an original trailer and some previews.

Well, I imagine all interested parties will know what they are in for and... not to dissuade - but it might 'look' more entertaining than it turns out although I'm no expert on this sub-sub genre and don't have much to compare it with. I did get a kick out of Planet Terror and this only has a minority of that film's 'camp' appeal. I admit I was chuckling through much and that has to be worth something in itself. Certainly the price is right for this Tokyo Shock DVD. Japanese schoolgirl revenge appears to be on the rise - cinematically speaking. With the fervor surrounding this - I expect more forthcoming. Beware evil-doers!    

Gary W. Tooze

 


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