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The Machine Girl (2007)

Asami , Noboru Iguchi  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Asami
  • Directors: Noboru Iguchi
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • 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: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016K76V4
  • Learn more about "The Machine Girl" on IMDb

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Ami (Minase Yashiro, in her film debut) is a tough but otherwise average high school girl, trying to lead a normal life. Her world comes crashing down when her brother and his friend are killed by ruthless bullies. As Ami tracks down the ringleader, she is surprised to discover the bullies' association with a sinister ninja yakuza family. When she goes after her revenge, she soon finds herself in over her head and minus her left arm. Barely surviving, Ami escapes and seeks out shelter from two kindly garage mechanics. They take pity on her, fitting her with a high-powered machine gun where her arm used to be. She then teams up with the chainsaw-wielding mother (Asami) of her brother's slain friend and together they unleash an unholy, non-stop, over-the-top kill fest against the equally creative machinery (drill bra, flying guillotine) of their relentless ninja enemies.

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
MACHINE GIRL (aka. One-Armed Machine Girl) is an over-the-top, campy, ultra-violent action film by Iguchi Noboru (Sukeban Boy). The film is definitely NOT for everyone but will appeal to fans of Japanese cult films with a touch of dark comedy and unrealistic ultra-bloody violence made popular by Ichi the Killer and even Tarantino's magnificent "Kill Bill". Folks will either applaud or be repulsed by this film's execution, but it is a wickedly twisted, darkly-toned entertainment that knows exactly what it's going for. The film features well-known Japanese bikini model Minase Yashiro in her first feature role, ex-AV star Asami and the beautiful Honoka as the Yakuza boss' twisted wife. Do I have your attention yet?

Plot synopsis partly derived from the back cover:
Ami (Minase Yashiro) is a tough but otherwise average high school girl, trying to lead a normal life with her younger brother. Her whole world comes crushing down when her brother and his friend are killed by ruthless bullies led by a Yakuza Boss' son. When she goes to find those responsible, she finds herself in over her head and minus her left arm. Barely surviving, Ami escapes and finds shelter from a kindly mechanic and his wife Miki (Asami) who also happen to be the parents of her brother`s friend. They take pity on Ami's plight, helping her heal, training her and fitting her with a powerful machine gun where her left arm used to be. She then teams up with the tough mother to seek vengeance and together they unleash an unholy, non-stop, over the top kill fest against the equally creative machinery of their ruthless Ninja-Yakuza enemies.

The film is a wild blend of 70's "pink violence" and 80's super-violent splatter horror that doesn't take itself seriously.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the modern Asian grindhouse! June 19, 2008
Format:DVD
If arterial spray was a sexual fetish, "The Machine Girl" would be hardcore porn. If cinematic cheese were real cheese, it could open it's own pizza parlor. If an ultraviolent anime came to life, it would be this film. I haven't seen a display like this since Riki-Oh. And at least that one had the restraint to refrain from drill-bra versus chainsaw duels and Power Ranger-esque ninja death squads. But make no mistake, this is one of the most hysterically good times a gorehound can have with a single DVD.

Blood covers the screen, the heroines, the villains, the floor, and everything else in this film, sometimes to the point where it's all you can see. Fingers are made into sushi, an arm is battered and deep-fried, a woman discovers her son's head in her soup and then vomits as she is stabbed through the mouth from behind, her blood mixing with the extra-chunky puke to pour enticingly onto her son's disembodied head in the bowl in front of her (OWNED!), and that's before the giant machine-gun arm comes in! Have I given everything away? Not by a long shot. By this time you're either in or out, but I'll give you one more teaser. The Flying Guillotine: corniest martial-arts weapon EVER! Love it.

Get ready to laugh yourself sick...or maybe just get sick. Either way, this is one of the giddiest, most profanely violent, and cheesiest grindhouse films I've ever seen. It even comes complete with a score that could have come straight out of a 70's exploitation flick. Consider my faith in Japanese cinema officially restored.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BLU-RAY REVIEW (from a fan!) April 28, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Just to throw this out there - Tokyo Shock either needs to step it up, or get out of the Blu-Ray business.

Their latest effort, Machine Girl, hits Blu-Ray with a number of problems.

Let me start off by saying I really like the movie. It's an over-the-top, low-budget, Japanese action/comedy film. Similar to movies like Riki-Oh, Vampire girl vs. Frankenstein girl, Tokyo Gore Police, Mutant Girls' Squad and a number of other titles). Very gory, but very entertaining! The other reviews should give you an idea of what to expect - or just pull up the trailer. You should be able to tell if it's "for you" or not. My 3 star-rating is for the BLU-RAY, not the movie.

Anyways, I bought the original DVD: The Machine Girl

...Then a couple months later they released a 2-disc DVD: The Machine Girl Remix -- I bought that too!

A few months after that, they had the nerve to release a 3-disc DVD: Ultimate Machine Girl: Collectors Tin (3pc) (Ws) - I even bought that one.

4 days later, they announce the Blu-Ray.

Being a sucker for the movie, and having already bought it 3 times (what harm is a 4th time??) - I bit.

A little back information here - in addition to Tokyo Shock's need to re-release movies multiple times with little differences (in the above cases, the 2 disc set was the same as the original Disc 1, but with an added short film (20 minutes) on disc 2.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Japanese grindhouse movies!
My friends and I rented this awhile back for one of our epic movie nights. The violence and gore is completely over-the-top, but it's still a fun film.
Published 3 months ago by Ash_M
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine girl
Had a good laugh with this movie, over the top gore and cheap English dubbing made it a light n grade movie
Published 8 months ago by Azza
3.0 out of 5 stars Only good thing is the plot
I bought this on DVD a while back and finally got around to watching it. About the only thing I liked about it was the plot.

On the U.S. DVD version the dubbing was bad. Read more
Published 9 months ago by APhantasm
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with this chick
She is a mean lean fighting machine and will blow you away.
From the first scene you know you got what you were looking for when you came to this movie in the first... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brian Hundley
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure entertainment
So this is the star's first acting job (and it's obvious) but that doesn't change the fact that this whole production is a blast. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael D. King
4.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's good
The film had me laughing from beginning to end. It's one of those cases where the product is so bad that it become sits own form of reverse enjoyment. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John T
5.0 out of 5 stars A bloody good time
Another over the top Japanese film, the star has a machine gun for a left hand. She takes revenge on the ones who cut her arm off.
Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars JAPAN AT ITS JAPANESIEST...
NOT AS HARDCORE AS "ICHI THE KILLER" OR "BATTLE ROYALE" ,BUT STILL AN ENJOYABLE ADDITION TO MY COLLECTION,THANX A BUNCH!!!
Published 16 months ago by PARRIS PATTON
4.0 out of 5 stars Macho Girl
I highly recommend this movie for anyone who likes blood and gore girl action
flixs. It's a Japanese movie dubbed in English so you don"t have to be bothered
reading... Read more
Published 21 months ago by froggie
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not Great. Dont waste the xtra cash on Blu-Ray
What can I say? I am a fan if Japanese Cinema Sci-Fi and Action/Adventure, but not really anime. This movie is one of the ultra-violent female based action flicks coming out of... Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Glen Hubbard
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Just got this at wal-mart... (5/27/2008)
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