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Assault Girls (2009)

Rinko Kikuchi , Yoshikazu Fujiki , Mamoru Oshii  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rinko Kikuchi, Yoshikazu Fujiki, Meisa Kuroki, Hinako Saeki
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V5OO9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,736 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a video-game company creates an immersive gaming environment where players wage war against gigantic sand-dwelling monsters, three gorgeous gals armed to the teeth (Meisa Kuroki, Hinako Saeki and Rinko Kikuchi) accept the challenge and jump into the virtual desert. But as they blaze their way into the game's higher levels, they face ever-more ferocious foes. Yoshikazu Fujiki also stars in this sci-fi action flick from director Mamoru Oshii.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow with entertaining bits October 24, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The movie is classic Oshii but with out much of a plot. Long moments of slow scenic scenes punctuated by bits of action. When I say long and slow, I mean it. One potion of the move involves a sort of montage of the four characters walking through the desert and dealing with a snail... for 15 minutes.

The action is hokey and done more for imagery then the action itself. Its fun to see the girls pose as they fire guns or spells.

The CG is obvious but sufficient for getting the point across. This is not a big Hollywood blockbuster so don't expect King Kong or Avatar level effects, this is only a step above TV shows like Sanctuary..

The characters are only hinted at. There really isn't any development and they have little dialog. (one has nothing but a few squawks) They are simply defined by mannerisms and costume.

The story is bare one. Its only about the four putting aside their name calling for five minutes to defeat the end boss. That is it. The story could have been done in thirty minutes (or 15) but its Oshii and he loves to draw out scenes of the characters cooking, or watching the sunset or spontaneously dancing. It would have been much better if it had cut down on the sunsets and you could actually see how Grey convinced the other two to join the party.

This isn't a bad flick. Its just not a good one either. Everything is interesting over exciting or dramatic and the philosophical bit are out of place. It has fun moments too, like the duel. All in all, I didn't hate it, but it'll be a rare occurrence when I pull it off the shelf to watch it again.

One thing I want to add. If you have ever played an MMO you will appreciate some of the strangeness of the movie if you catch it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Assault Grrrls! January 17, 2011
Format:DVD
Though I'm a fan of Oshii's movies, I'm always conflicted about recommending his movies to those who have made a diet of traditional Hollywood films. Many of his films integrate Hollywood style sequences with his preferred style of pacing; which is typically very deliberate and slow. "Assault Girls" is no different, although he does shake things up a bit with the movie's structure. Those who have familiarized themselves with Oshii's work know that extended takes and long monologues are signature of his films. With "Assault Girls" he modulates these elements into chapters. The pre-chapter introduction opens up with a 10 minute monologue that provides a basis for the story, the creation of the game Avalon, as well as giving Oshii a chance to make statements about "Pax Technologica" in a globalized society. The voice over is a bit mumbled and subtitles, which are disabled at this point in the film, would have helped in penetrating the dense editorial text of this narrative. However, after rewinding a few times for clarification, I found the lengthy introduction to be thought-provoking and my favorite segment of the film.

Following the introduction we get five chapters that take us through a sort of mini-plot that finds four competing characters having no choice but to put aside their quarrels in order to battle the big boss of the game Avalon, who otherwise could not be defeated alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but I liked it January 7, 2012
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Clearly, this movie isn't for everyone, based on the reviews, but I like strange flicks, and I enjoyed this one.

Still, I see how other folks might not like it. The tempo is languid if you're being pleasant about it, painfully slow to many though. There isn't a lot of action, but what there is, is good. And, of course, the general weirdness of the movie set inside a video game.

The introduction is eight or nine minutes of a narrator explaining how a virtual reality game came into being and became the center of some people's lives. And I'll be the first to admit that this is the most challenging part of the movie to sit through, for me.

Jager, Grey, Colonel, Lucifer, are the players, who band together in order to advance in the game. From the offset, there is a lot of tension between the players, and cooperation is neither natural nor easy for them. I'm sure the story could be considered predictable, but I enjoyed the character development.

It was imaginative, original, and took risks in the presentation. No surprisingly, it doesn't work for everyone.

Odd little flick. I enjoyed, but can see how many wouldn't.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well done bad movie December 6, 2010
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I had such high hopes for this movie and was let down. The production quality is top notch. Unfortunately, the agonizingly slow pace and utterly boring story make this film an absolute waste of time. Basically, it is a story about four people playing a really stupid video game.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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"Assault Girls" takes place sometime after a global nuclear war, but you'd never know it if you weren't told that. In the down time of folks trying to rebuild human civilization, people find pleasure and escapism in a unified world-wide hyper-realistic virtual reality MMORPG that links directly into the brain.

We are never shown the real world---only the game universe, and the film follows three women: Gray (.50 caliber Sniper), Lucifer (shapeshifting "wereraven" Magician), and Colonel (Warrior), as well as a single man: Jäger (20mm Sniper), who all try to complete a level individually, but cannot because they lack the power to kill the end boss. Eventually realizing they can't succeed on their own, they begrudgingly form a party to kill the boss to progress to the next stage.

The "plot" (and I use that term loosely) blatantly and tiredly borrows from many similar shows, most notably the ".hack//Sign" anime series, but the film is set in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi world instead of medieval fantasy, and it lacks the dynamism and polish of its various spiritual predecessors. Instead, this film takes one single aspect of one single day, and tries to work a story around it. But it doesn't work, because things are so tunnel-visioned and so myopic, that everything is reduced to near nothingness, and plot development is stalled and almost sacrificed altogether so we "can" exist in the same singular second the characters on screen exist in, instead of any type of plot progression past the immediate moment we are "supposed" to be locked into. That might be an interesting experiment for a different type of existentialism film, but when we have guns, babes, dropships, mechs, and fighter bombers, it is wholly unacceptable because it wastes all of that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange, beautiful, atmospheric, and definitely not for everyone
For myself, I would give it more stars, because I got it for the visuals -- the landscapes, the costumes, the atmosphere -- and Rinko Kikuchi. Read more
Published 9 months ago by zillah975
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe
It wasn't quite what I was expecting but it wasn't completely horrible. There could've been a little more to it than there was.
Published 13 months ago by Kerry Ryan Maloney
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Gamers R Gonna Get This One
If you're an MMORPG lover then you MUST watch this little gem. It's a relatively short production that borders on art flick with minimalist dialogue that serves a practical... Read more
Published 20 months ago by The Wiz
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
This movie is a terribly boring art house film. Don't let the cover fool you...or the trailer like it did me. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Thadeus Buttons
1.0 out of 5 stars Why only two star
Frist I like watching diffirent types of movies: But I be frank and steight to this one. Story line very, dull, it sets up a borning story line but don't really flow with the... Read more
Published on February 3, 2012 by Lone shark...
5.0 out of 5 stars Mamoru Oshii's Assault Girls
If you're a fan of the Japanese director's films then you'll like "Assault Girls" . The film is a bit short and could do with a better developed plot line the film , all in all ,... Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by 124c41
2.0 out of 5 stars The only thing good thing about this movie is that its pretty (girls,...
I first saw this at New York Comic Con 2010. What was advertised in the program book about this movie was totally misleading (for shame!). Read more
Published on December 11, 2011 by Shelly S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Entertaining Bits
The premise of "Assault Girls" is actually very cool and could have been very interesting. Unfortunately the execution of the movie is not up to modern standards and looks more... Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by C. Hill
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time!
Wow, this movie sucks as a whole. All the reviews on here were right. It's super slow and boring. There was a 10 min intro with no action and just talk about the background story,... Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by S. Der
1.0 out of 5 stars SLOW!! Boring as hell, and very little action.
I have never written a review of any movie because I love all movies.. even the bad ones (most anyways). Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by Latnlvr8
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