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Meatball Machine (2005)

 Aoba Kawai, Kenichi Kawasaki  Issei Takahashi , Yudai Yamaguchi , Junichi Yamamoto  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors:  Aoba Kawai, Kenichi Kawasaki  Issei Takahashi
  • Directors: Yudai Yamaguchi, Junichi Yamamoto
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA278K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Full-throttle splatter-ific Japanese cyberpunk science fiction/horror at its most aggressive, this mind-blower about alien parasites that turn their human hosts into slave ""Necroborgs"" will leave you dizzy and drained - in a good way.


"Plays like a gloriously bloody and R-rated version of the "Mighty Morphin´ Power Rangers."" --DVD Town

"If you are a fan of the oddball, splatter, low budget, cult film, then Meatball Machine delivers." --DVD Talk

"The main reason to see Meatball Machine is to witness the astonishing prosthetic effects, as the movie revels in bodies being eaten, crushed, and dismembered in a multitude of creatively graphic ways. In addition to all the gory battles,"

"If you are a fan of the oddball, splatter, low budget, cult film, then Meatball Machine delivers." --DVD Talk

"The main reason to see Meatball Machine is to witness the astonishing prosthetic effects, as the movie revels in bodies being eaten, crushed, and dismembered in a multitude of creatively graphic ways. In addition to all the gory battles,"

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything "Tetsuo" Should Have Been. November 2, 2007
"Meatball Machine"
A great silly title, for a great silly movie,
It's essentially a cross between "Tesuo: the Iron" and a Gwar video with an Evil Dead vibe going on.
Fetus-Aliens in their bizarre tentacle-ships attach themselves to people's chests and orifices,
and transform them into mechanical killing machines (called necroborgs)
hell-bent on eating each other,
which they need to do in order to live.
Sound wacky enough?
Well it is, but it's still very enjoyable.
Suprisingly, there's a love story here too.
But don't worry that doesn't detract from all the off-the-wall silliness.

Here's a few reasons you might want to catch this flick:
- Lots of great blood & gore, (eye-drilling, head-splitting, etc.)
- A whole bunch of wild battles,
- Bizarre transformations involving whipping red hoses and internal mayhem,
- Psychotic costumes
- Disgusting/gorgeous aliens
- All the campy laughs and blood you could possibly want.

The only thing better than a man-made machine,
is a machine made out of man.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Before there was "Tokyo Gore Police" and "Machine Girl", there was "MEATBALL MACHINE" (2005). Co-written and co-directed by Yudai Yamaguchi (along with Junichi Yamamoto), is an experimental film that blends horror, Japanese Blood-Splattering elements, science fiction, romance, post-apocalypticism and a whole lot of blood and GORE. The film is insane and is a remake of the short film that carries the same title in 1999. Quite complex and yet so simple in its storyline, it's the type of film that relies heavily on body disfigurement and a `cyberpunk' backdrop.

Muraishi Yoji (Issei Takahashi), loner who is also a machine worker at a local warehouse harbors feelings for the next door factory worker named Sachiko Misawa (Aoba Kawai). After being beaten up by a transvestite after he rejects his advances at a theater, Yoji finds a golden object that resembles a turtle shell that secretes an alien-like semen. Curiosity takes the best of the young man and he takes it home to examine. Shortly after, Yoji stumbles upon Sachiko who is in danger of being raped by Tanaka (Kenichi Kawasaki), one of his co-workers. Yoji intervenes and gets beaten up by Tanaka, and the kindly Sachiko takes Yoji to his home. His wounds cleaned by Sachiko, Yoji finds some connection with the lovely young woman. But to his horror, Sachiko is attacked by the turtle-like alien shell that turns her into a Necro-Borg; a living host controlled by an alien force to do battle with other groups. These alien race has been using humans as their hosts, enhancing them with organic weaponry whose power is based off anger and depression. Now Yoji must attempt to save the woman he loves, even if it means becoming a necro-borg himself...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was alright July 8, 2008
There were some good scenes of gore, but it is in no way gorier than Dead Alive (Brain Dead). Meatball Machine is like a really demented Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie. All of the monsters look like bad guys from that kids show. The fighting between the monsters wasn't that great.
I wasn't looking for a masterpiece, but I wasn't looking for a kids movie with gore added to it. Some of the bloody goodness was awesome. Heads split in half, eyes getting drilled out, and much more. The parasites that take over the humans are pretty cool looking too. It was worth the watch but not sure if I'll watch it again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm...meatballs... July 20, 2008
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The Good Things
*Grossest movie ever! Loads of blood and perversity! (Reminds me a lot of the anime show "Gantz").
*A few good gory fight scenes.
*Good filming style. Lots of good camera angles. Has a distinctive look and style.
*Production design is good. Imagine the monsters from the "Quake" or "Unreal" computer games in a movie.
*Simple but interesting story.
*Surprisingly good characters. Although many of them are perverts, the main character spends much of the film trying to act noble.
*Romance is not overwhelmingly sappy, and is touching at some parts.

The Bad Things
*The squeamish should avoid this like the plague.
*Pretty low production value (but the quality of the cinematography makes up for it).

Ah, so this is what "Gantz" looks like if it was a live-action movie! Not only are the two gory as hell, but they also share similar themes and attitudes of sexuality. Plus, both deal with freaky aliens and stuff. Unlike "Gantz," however, this film works better at being scary and immersive. This is definately one of the better B-rated movies I know of, but it's not for anybody with a weak stomach.

DVD has good video and sound quality, and contains a couple of featurettes, two additonal films ("Maximum Meatball Machine" and "The Original Meatball Machine"), and trailers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confusion abounds in a bath of blood October 10, 2008
You know the makers of the film are not taking themselves very seriously when the movie starts with two silhouetted monsters talking to each other. Meatballs! Tacos! This introduction is in English with Japanese subtitles, but the movie itself is in the Japanese language with English subtitles. The movie then starts with a fight scene between two cyborg creatures, the winner eating the other's strange heart-bulb. The film starts bloody, runs bloody, and ends bloody.

Shy factory worker Yoji (a real weenie) has been watching a girl across the fence, but doesn't have the courage to introduce himself. One night he catches a co-worker trying to rape the girl, Sachiko, in the park. He tries to beat up the co-worker but fails, even though the man leaves Sachiko alone. The two go back to Yoji's apartment where Yoji has one of the strange creatures in a travel bag. He captured it in a pile of garbage after being beat up by a transvestite. As Sachiko confesses her dark secret, the monster comes alive, jumps out of the closet, and rapes Sachiko before turning her into a cyborg creature. Yoji of course does nothing, he's too scared. He runs from Sachiko only to be knocked out and found on the streets by a strange man who lives in a crappy apartment and seems to be the only person in Japan who's aware of the monsters and knows what they're doing. Then he turns Yoji into one of the monsters, but Yoji escapes to look for Sachiko.

That's the plot. Very thin, but of course the movies isn't about the plot. It's about hungry little buggers who like to eat each other and raise havoc. It's about ropy tendrils, split heads, eye gouging, heart bulbs, slime, eyeball drills, gooey skeletons, and a little masturbation, a transvestite, and a prostitute for good measure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Absolutely fabulous!
Published 2 months ago by M. Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Ron Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Over The Top Blood And Splatter
Not your typical horror flick, an over-the-top style horror/action film from Japan. The movie is ok as I enjoy the blood and action scenes. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Aria Araya
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick!!
I bought this movie for my husband on a whim and it's pretty disturbing. From a horror enthusiast's perspective this movie is ridiculously epic, gorey, & entertaining. We loved it. Read more
Published on November 2, 2011 by M. Togni
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Can't wait to watch is in great conditions and was everything i hope for. Best of all it arrived much earlier then predicted ... Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by Glean
3.0 out of 5 stars Meatball Machine
Nothing can prepare you for MEATBALL MACHINE. Its insane comic book action and gore are only outmatched by its crude humor and sickening gross-outs. Read more
Published on August 2, 2010 by Carl Manes
5.0 out of 5 stars One gory good asian film
I love asian films and even more love the ones filled with gore.This one is great and filled with plenty of gore and blood. Read more
Published on July 28, 2010 by S. hacker
3.0 out of 5 stars Was NOT impressed
Back in 1992 Olaf lttenbach came out with a movie called "The Burning Moon" I've seen it. It wipes the floor when it comes to gore. Read more
Published on January 12, 2010 by K. Harper
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning!! you are about to waste your money...
I really didnt know they still made movies this bad! I'm a hardcore horror film buff that grew up in the 80's and have watched and enjoyed many low budget sci-fi and horror films... Read more
Published on October 6, 2009 by Twisted
5.0 out of 5 stars near plotless bloody battle movie
Really, I don't have much more to say than just that. There's a thrown together story that explains why these people in huge Gwar-getups are brutally, viscerally fighting each... Read more
Published on June 18, 2009 by ribcage
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