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Mutant Girls Squad [Blu-ray + DVD]
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Tak Sakaguchi (Director), Yoshihiro Nishimura (Director)
Where does one begin with the DVD release of this film called "Mutant Girls Squad"?
It isn't right to call it an exploitation-film like an LSD teenage sin and violence movie of the US in the 1960s, or gore-pornography like the slasher films the United States of the 1980s. In many ways it has a kind of demented glee rooted in a postmodern, cusp of the Apocalypse, Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol.
And it is very, very Japanese.
All I can say is the sexual repression underlying the polite conformity of Japanese culture with its tea-ceremony, origami, paper palaces and yellow, green, and red lines painted on the hallway floors of schools for students to follow from class to class with expensive enrichment tutors hired by anxious parents for their kindergartners must be a thin crust built on an emotional volcano on the verge of a detonation that could pop another moon from the Pacific into the Earth's orbit!
What is it about teenage middle and high school girls in sailor suits that so intimidates and sexually terrorizes the adult males of Japan? How is it these perfect porcelain little creatures are considered the martial-arts equals of the Avengers, Bruce Lee and the entire sword wielding career of the 7 Samurai?
The story is simple. A little halfbreed girl whose father is a mutant and her mother is a saint watches her parents machine-gunned by the Japanese equivalent of a S&M Homeland Security SWAT team. They capture her to torture her in the name of science but she is rescued by a gang of renegade teenage sailor suit wearing mutant girls. They train her to be one of them. And what are they?Read more ›
This `splatter' is a bit of a disaster, which it's clearly intended to be. Don't go into it looking for any of it to make any real sense, and you're liable to be modestly entertained, much in the same way that you can't turn away from watching an automobile accident happening right before your eyes. It's glorious mayhem - all for the sake of pure nihilism - and I've no doubt the crowd who embraces these pictures will find plenty to embrace here ... even if that's only embracing the lovely ladies at the center of this cinematic catastrophe.
Rin (played by the doe-eyed Yumi Sugimoto) turns sixteen, but her `sweet sixteen' is interrupted by forces of Japanese defense showing up and taking her into custody. Why? Because she's a Hiruko, i.e. a mutant - only one of many being held secretly against their will - and she's a danger to all mankind ... until, that is, she can master the use of her specific mutant abilities. Her specific abilities? Well, she sprouts an arm that's part-claw, part-sitar (or something) which can be used as a lethal weapon.Read more ›
The story: on her sixteenth birthday, Rin (Yumi Sugimoto, "Engine Squadron Go-onger") sees her parents killed and discovers that she possesses a deadly power. Intercepted by a group of young girl mutants led by a cross-dressing samurai (Tak Sakaguchi, Versus), Rin is conflicted by the group's intent to wage a hate-fueled war on the society that's antagonized them.
The movie's tone is uneven, but for the most part is relatively goofy. The abilities of the mutant girls are roundly ludicrous (e.g. chainsaw butt, katana breasts - and those are the more sensible ones), characters have slapstick reactions to being sliced and shredded, most of the setups to violence are silly, and there's an utterly delightful cosplay nurse bouncing around with the ability to turn her face into a trunk and her arms into tentacles (Suzuka Morita, "Samurai Squadron Shinkenger").Read more ›
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Wow.love asain films this is no let down gotta have open mind and escape with this.funPublished 13 days ago by john shustar
This hands down one of the best most bizarre films to come from these guys ,this and he'll driver best jap. Horror ever.
But unlike description it's sub titles not dubbed.
Depiction of thoughts hatched deep in a diseased brain. Interesting like a boil -- the entertainment value consists solely in guessing what will ooze out next. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. Rense
4 Stars For The Movie. 0 Stars For Saying It Was English Dubbed. Couldnt Be Further From The Truth. Once Again Decieved Into A Movie That Gives You The Wrong Information. Read morePublished 10 months ago by MIKE JACOBSEN
It's another weird, bloody and amusing tale from Japan. Not as wacky as "Frankenstein Girl vs Vampire Girl" or as wild as "Tokyo Gore Police", it still has some... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alan
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