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Karate-Robo Zaborgar [Blu-ray]
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Secret police officer Yutaka Daimon inherits a mighty robot warrior named Zaborgar, an invention of his late father. Equipped with super weapons, expertise in karate, and the power to transform into a motorcycle, Zaborgar assists Daimon fight against Sigma, the evil organization responsible for his father s death. But when he discovers a beautiful female robot under Sigma s control, their forbidden love shatters the once inseparable crime-fighting team of Daimon and Zaborgar.
Twenty-five years later, the now-disgraced Daimon works as a chauffeur for corrupt Prime Minister Wakasugi. But as Sigma unleashes a new robot menace upon the world, will Zaborgar forgive, forget, and save the world from total destruction?
From director Noboru Iguchi (THE MACHINE GIRL, ROBO-GEISHA), comes a hilariously over-the-top tribute to the transforming robots of 1970 s Japanese television in an exciting action comedy that will stir the heart of anyone who longs for justice, love, and mechanized mayhem.
Go, ZABORGAR GO short film
A complete blast --Japancinema.net
Shoves insanity right into your eyeballs...tons of fun --Criterioncast.com
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Japanese Language 5.1 & Stereo with optional subtitles
Extras are trailers for other Sushi Typhoon movies and bonus Short Films
P.S. I also wrote a review for Mr. Iguchi's other film "Dead Sushi" look for that too :D
From my understanding, Karate Robo Zaborgar was made as a parody of an old campy Japanese show of the same name and premise. It definitely shows; this movie was simultaneously hilarious and awesome, packed with bizarre campy moments and awesome fighting throughout the whole thing.
If you still have any apprehension as to whether or not you should give this a watch, please go on youtube and watch any of the Zaborgar shorts contained therein, or go read the Cracked dot com article reviewing it.
You will never be the same again.
The story is told in two parts. The first is hilariously funny, with cheap looking effects and fun fight sequences. The main character is Daimon, a 22-year old who appears to be the only employee of the Special Police unit. He rides a motorcycle that transforms into a fighting robot. Oh yeah, the robot was created from the DNA of Daimon's dead brother. The plot of this part is pretty predictable, but I had fun watching it.
The second part takes place 25 years later. Daimon is now 47-years old, diabetic, penniless, and has a bad back. Although there are some early scenes here that are laugh out loud funny, the second part doesn't hold a lot of surprises either, but does have a lot of heart. It also has better effects than part 1, and the forced perspective shots of the Jumbo Mecha are pretty good for the most part. I especially liked the scene where the Jumbo Mecha is destroying Tokyo while talking to a friend on a cell phone.
The closing credits show some of the same scenes from the original TV series (which I don't believe is available in the US) and it's fun to watch and see how much better this movie actually does them.
If you're a fan of these types of shows, this one is a worthwhile addition to your collection. RECOMMENDED.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had great hopes for this from the trailer. Disappointed though.Published 5 months ago by Paul A. Harris
Well made sequel to the original 70's TV show played for laughs.Published 13 months ago by Ronald S.
It was more comedic than serious. But if your a Zaborgar fan I guess it would be okay.Published 14 months ago by DLS
Not a great movie. It is a B movie with intresting special effects but the story is lame with people head blowing up from the giant girl's cell phione and the main characters... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Edward J. Sytnik
A laugh riot similar too "Big Man Japan". See an aging TV character face all that age brings while still trying to be the hero.Published 21 months ago by potzo
My husband is obsessed with this movie. I got it for him a while ago after he stumbled upon it on Netflix. He can't stop talking about it. I don't get it but I'm OK with that.Published on April 1, 2014 by Tasmin V.