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Meatball Machine (2005)

Taro Suwa , Issei Takahashi , Yudai Yamaguchi , Junichi Yamamoto  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Taro Suwa, Issei Takahashi, Aoba Kawai, Ayano Yamamoto, Kenichi Kawasaki
  • Directors: Yudai Yamaguchi, Junichi Yamamoto
  • Format: 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: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA278K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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"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," --Reel.com

"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," --Reel.com

Product Description

Meatball Machine is a wild, splatterific, experimental sci-fi/horror rollercoaster that will have your entire brain and body shaken and stirred. Capable of making biomechanical weapons out of human flesh, alien parasites grotesquely invade the Earth, turning their hosts into maniacal killers who seek and destroy each other to the bloody death! And yes, it's also a human love story, even though the budding romantics are infested with slimy, tumor-like globules. Co-directors Junichi Yamamoto and Yudai Yamaguchi (Battlefield Baseball) pull out all the stops and don't let up until the final epic battle. It's a touching testament to young love, blood, and alien ooze that leaves you screaming for more!

Special Features:

  • Maximum Meatball Machine Making Of Featurette
  • Original Original Meatball Machine The Short That Started It All
  • Reject Or Death - Short
  • Necrobourg Creature Design Illustrations
  • Trailers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything "Tetsuo" Should Have Been. November 2, 2007
Format:DVD
"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.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
The only thing better than a man-made machine,
is a machine made out of man.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was alright July 8, 2008
Format:DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the corny name fool you. September 22, 2007
By M.
Format:DVD
This is a very smart and creative Japanese film. I was kind of turned off by the corny name, and the fact that people said it was hard to understand, but I assure you there is a great story to back up the gory effects.
I hear a lot of people comparing this movie to Tetsuo, and I completely understand where the comparisons come from, but they are infact two VERY different movies. I am a huge Tetsou fan but in my opinion this is a way more enjoyable film that should be taken very seriously by Horror and Sci-Fi fans.
Everything in this movie is excellent, the story is awesome and not hard to understand at all, the acting is top notch and works perfectly, it has so much creativity it is unbelievable, and this has some of the most impressive special effects I have ever seen in my life. The one flaw I could find is SOMETIMES the aliens look a little rubbery, but for every rubbery-looking alien there were ten more incredible effects to make me forget all about that.

I highly recommend this movie although it does have it's flaws, and it does borrorw heavily from Tetsuo, if you like to watch B-movie's with a brain opposed to A-movie's with pretty actresse's, big muscles, and no artistic merit whatsoever, then you should definitely pick this one up.
This movie is rapidly growing as one of my favorite movies of this decade so far (2000-2007).......or ever for that matter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meatball Machine August 2, 2010
Format:DVD
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. In it, a love-lorn teen discovers a mysterious piece of armor that transforms him and the girl he has obsessed over into berserk killing machines that must eat the hearts of other "Necroborgs" in order to survive. With everything from children being liquidated by oncoming traffic, to projectile vomit, to cross-dressing hookers, masturbation, and rape (both human and inhuman), the film pulls no punches in trying to shock and disturb its audience. The low-budget costuming and FX are surprisingly effective, mangling found objects into unrecognizable body armor and exaggerated bio-weapons. Fans of outrageously over-the-top Asian Horror films like MACHINE GIRL or TOKYO GORE POLICE cannot go wrong with this blood-splattered shocker!

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 11 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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies you'll ever own (and possibly like)
I bought this movie on a whim due to the line, "'Plays like a gloriously bloody and R-rated version of the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Read more
Published on April 11, 2009 by H. Butusov
2.0 out of 5 stars Ken's review
Was what i expected,B movie done pretty well, for there budget.A lot of special features.
Published on April 9, 2009 by K. Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still fun
The movie seems made on a cheep budget for its time, and its time was a while ago, but if you can get around the cheep looking gore and special effects and let your willing... Read more
Published on March 1, 2009 by Ross Gibson
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