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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: #73,764 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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Only watch this movie if you just got nothing to watch, like I did.
S. Der
Story line very, dull, it sets up a borning story line but don't really flow with the movie.
Lone shark...
Most unfortunate, as the concept for the film was most interesting.
Thumper

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Adam R. Houck on 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 By Sniff Code on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By maskedgamer on December 31, 2010
Format: DVD
And that's pretty much what this is. 4 hardcore players that like to solo that need to come together to beat the last boss. There's not much dialogue from the characters but there are lots and lots of visuals. This movie points at the mentality of people that play MMO's so if you don't and never have played one it's easy to not understand what's going on or why.

I gave the movie a 4 because I enjoyed it. It wasn't cheap by any means and it had great and I mean great effects! The only problem I have with the movie is that this probably could have been trimmed down to 30 minutes only! Great movie idea but poor execution, I actually wish it carried on into a real plot or story aside from joining together to kill one boss to gain access to the next tier or whatever.

If they made a sequel I wouldn't mind watching I just hope it's subbed and it has more story and less imagery. I liked the concept of the movie a lot but I understand not everyone is going to "Get it" which is probably why the movie is rated so low. This is more of a renter than an owner but it's a good renter for mmo gamers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Van Court VINE VOICE on January 7, 2012
Format: DVD
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.

E. M. Van Court
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