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Onechanbara (2008)

Taro Suwa , Eri Otoguro , Yohei Fukuda  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Taro Suwa, Eri Otoguro, Chise Nakamura, Manami Hashimoto
  • Directors: Yohei Fukuda
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029Z8KH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The movie adaptation of the hit Onechanbara video game series! In the year 20XX, scientifically created zombies roam the world in record numbers. Despite this, Aya is determined to track down her father's killer, a person who was once close to her. With sword in hand and wearing nothing but her trademark bikini and cowboy hat, she sets off to settle the score. Aya is joined on her path to vengeance by the chubby Katsuji and the gun-toting Reika. Together, they hack, slash, and shoot their way through a sea of the undead to reach the final showdown with a mad scientist and the destined duel with Aya's own sister. Extras: Based on the Onechanbara video game series. Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Audio Commentary by Director Sakaguchi, Comes with special redemption code for Japan s #1 online card game.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The film is based on the manga that became a popular PS2 game in Japan. Directed by Youhei Fukuda, the film "OneChanbara the movie" (called Chanbara Beauty in Hong Kong) features three of Japan's top pin-up girls in very significant roles. Eri Otoguro is a scantily-clad woman in a cowboy outfit and a bikini while Chise Nakamura is in a sexy schoolgirl uniform; both sexy women wields katana swords--joined by Minami Hashimoto who plays a biker chick clad in hot leather with a sawed-off shotgun. Do I have your attention yet?

In a post apocalyptic future, the D3 corporation had performed devilish experiments to raise the dead. These undead creatures started preying on living humans and the humanity is on the brink of extinction. Aya, (upcoming sex siren Eri Otoguro, U.S. remake "Shutter) is the heiress of the ancient Imichi clan of assassins. Aya cuts her way through zombies created by mad scientist Sugita, on the path to vengeance in search of her sister Saki (Chise Nakamura, Cursed Songs 2) to avenge the death of their father at the hands of her own sister. Joined by longtime companion, Katsuji and a leather-clad, shotgun-toting woman named Reiko (Minami Hashimoto), Aya is determined to come to a resolution on the conflict between her and her sister Saki. Aya is an amazing swordswoman, Saki is her equal with a Katana sword --what would be the outcome?

The film isn't to be taken seriously at first glance. I haven't read the Japanese comic nor have I finished the game; but it is so obvious that this film has been inspired by a comic and the effects are very reminiscent of the video game. The Swordplay is a blend of "Dynasty Warriors", the effects can be compared to "Fist of the NorthStar" and even "DragonBall Z".
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the bikini?! September 15, 2009
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A movie starring a hot babe wearing only a red bikini with cowboy hat and boots who hunts down zombies with a katana, what hot-blooded heterosexual male WOULDN'T want to watch that film. Well, this isn't THAT film. Sure, our heroine Aya does wear a red bikini, but she spends over half of the movie wrapped up in a blanket, only revealing her divine body during the battle sequences, which are sped up so fast and covered over with so much special effects that I couldn't tell if they were actually fighting each other or having a dance off. Talk about wasted potential. This is a film that would definitely have been better served up as an anime rather than a live action film. For one thing an animated actress cannot complain about it being too cold or feeling exploited.

As for the storyline, the flow of the movie, the fight sequences, the dialogue and the acting, they are average. It is the zombies that save this movie for me. Their make-up is superb, and though they are at times your standard slow, lurching, twitching zombies, they can be fast and they can fight. There is also none of the over-the-top cherry syrup blood spray that you get with Tokyo Gore Police, just a brief crimson splash which I feel fits better with zombies. Though personally I would have preferred the blood to be darker in color. I especially liked the homage to Silent Hill, intentional or not, with the nurse zombie in the hospital. Other effects in the movie are also enjoyable: the blood spatter on the TV screen, the body parts being flung out of the fray, and the video game effects like the special attacks and the character boosts. Combined with the 3 hot ladies in this movie, and I actually give this movie 3 1/2 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lust in Translation? 2&1/2 Stars, at Best September 10, 2009
Format:DVD
You know going into a film titled ONECHANBARA: SAMURAI BIKINI SQUAD that this probably wasn't directed by Martin Scorsese, but wouldn't it be neat if it was? Actually, if you don't expect this to make much sense, then ONECHANBARA is a reasonable piece of fun / cinematic cheesecake, though the script does lay on the 'family' metaphors a little too thick for its own good. Based on a video game, ONECHANBARA tells the bloody story of two sisters separated since a tragic death of their father in a post-apocalyptic world now populated by zombies that, for the most part, behave like traditional stumbling, bumbling zombies until the script calls for them to use karate and display other feats of athletic prowess. Throw in a chubby sidekick, and you have yourself a video game ... or a grade B motion picture adaption of one. Still, the zombie deaths are a'plenty, so the blood never lets up ... and the lead actress does look good in a leather cowboy hat and her fur-lined bikini. (Call me a pig, if you like!) By the end, you'll have very little idea of what all of this really means, but, if you keep in mind that this was all based on a video game, you won't feel all that bad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure ... November 25, 2009
Format:DVD
Not that bad.
I honestly thought that it would be a whole lot worse.
Heck, I've seen a lot of zombie movies & this one was just fun.
Cheezy & cheeky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai Girls December 20, 2012
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Samurai girls vs zombies, what more could you ask for? Nothing, I loved every minute of this movie. Had some great sword play in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great October 29, 2012
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it was just great and it always come on the day you say and it really was a great great great movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very 3 Star
I know that zombie movies are supposed to be hack jobs, with bad dialogue, bad special effects and illogical survival decisions but this particular movie it only fairly good at it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fizzle
2.0 out of 5 stars Yup
A little more over the top than I expected. Want to see an Asian babe swinging a sword then this is for you. Want a cool Asian zombie movie then buy Sars Wars.
Published 3 months ago by Foul Pet
3.0 out of 5 stars video game a bit better
Its pretty good, dragged on a lot. It didnt remind me of the game really. the game was better but this is worth the watch.
Published 5 months ago by Ryan Jay Meyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Game is fun to play, the movie is not the best, but then that's what...
A lot of movies based on video games are not that great. Some good examples are as follows...

Super Mario Bros. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Will Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars weird but I liked it
It was a weird movie but then again I am a weird guy. Lots of blood and gore with that zombie thing going.
Published 12 months ago by wbernar
5.0 out of 5 stars ONECHANBARA
USUAL CHEESY ASIAN MOVIE WITH NICE LOOKING WOMEN AND CHEESY EFFECTS AND COMEDY IF YOU LIKE ASIAN MOVIES THEN NOT BAD WAY TO KILL SOME TIME WITH A COLD BEER AND POPCORN
Published 14 months ago by WOLFSBLADE
5.0 out of 5 stars badass
This movie was excellent, and even though the story deviated from the game I found it a wealth of entertainment and fan servicing.
Published 19 months ago by Hariel
5.0 out of 5 stars Onechanbarawesome!
This movie was awesome. A lot of action and zombie killing. It's more than I expected. Go buy it already! Lol
Published 22 months ago by JoeyTRD
4.0 out of 5 stars Cover doesn't lie
I did not play the game, but was familiar with the idea.

If the movie had shown the lead in her bikini more I think it would have been more true to form. Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by Jeremy Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars This movie is honest, just not very good.
Onechanbara is a combination of two Japanese words meaning Young woman (onechan)and Sword fighting (chanbara) and that it what you get in this movie: Young women sword fighting. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by Jakob Ambrose
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