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Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge

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Yosuke, a typical slacker kid dozing his way through school, showing nothing in the way of ambition as he quietly mulls over the death of a close friend the year before. He is clever enough and full of smart comments but just doesn't seem to see the point of much in life. That changes when he meets Eri by chance, late one night. She is a beautiful young girl, herself nursing a tragic loss, and for Yosuke it is love at first sight. So what to do when a giant falls from the sky, determined to do battle with Eri (the young girl armed with a brace of hidden knives, as this is obviously a regular occurrence)? Yosuke finds his purpose-he must help the girl he loves, never mind the fact that she is far stronger and better equipped for this battle than he.

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  • Actors: Hayato Ichihara, Megumi Seki, Haruma Miura
  • Directors: Takuji Kitamura
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030ZIZRW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,710 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge" on IMDb

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By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2010
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"Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge" (A direct transliteration of Japanese title "Negatibu happi chenso ejji") was an entirely different and better film than I was expecting. From the name and cover, I was looking forward to a cheesy Japanese chainsaw slasher flick with a healthy dose of panties. Instead, I got a sweet superhero-themed romance tinged with some grief psychology.

I should have known better when I saw that "Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge" is based on a manga and novel by Takimoto Tatsuhiko (Welcome to the N.H.K.). Takimoto generally deals with deeper social and psychological issues under the veneer of slick pop culture, and that is exactly what he delivers here.

High school student Yamamoto Yosuke is a self-confessed wuss. He lives in a tiny one-room school dorm with a roommate who wants to be an artist but never finishes anything he starts, and both of them live in the shadow of their friend Noto. Noto was the cool guy, the leader of their trio who even went out James Dean-style dying in a high speed motorcycle crash that left him forever young and cool. Without the spark of Noto in his life, Yosuke is slowly sinking down into depression and surrender. Suddenly, he runs into Eri, a beautiful "Pretty Soldier" who seems straight out of a comic book. In her schoolgirl uniform and doing impossible martial arts, she battles a massive, dark Chainsaw Man each night, who vanishes when Eri manages to penetrate his exposed heart with one of her knives but reappears again the next night.
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Eri (Megumi Seki) is a Japanese schoolgirl mourning the loss of her family. Yosuke (Hayato Ichihara) is a Japanese schoolboy who seems to have no particular ambition and who is mourning the loss of a close friend. When he first encounters her, he decides that he must protect her--from a black-clad, chainsaw-wielding monster who seems to descend from the moon intent on killing Eri.

Based on a novel by Tatsuhiko Takimoto, "Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge" is an at times beautifully filmed and not altogether shallow story. But it is the title, of course, that first drew my attention. How can something called "Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge" not be enjoyable? (The answer comes from the Korean film Teenage Hooker Becomes Killing Machine in Daehakro, which inexplicably was marketed in the U.S. under the shorter title "Killing Machine.") Fortunately, this Japanese film does live up to its title.

The monster that arrives to fight Eri seems to thrive on her sorrow. His arrival is heralded by out-of-season snow, which falls, pauses above the ground, and then disappears as the man with the chainsaw appears. Fortunately, for reasons that are far from clear, Eri is endowed with super abilities herself and generally can vanquish the monster with knives she pulls from her stockings.

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Netflix has this listed under the horror genre, and I feel that it's a good idea to dispel that notion right away. This is the furthest thing from a horror film that I can think of, and the man wielding the chainsaw on the cover only has about 5-10 minutes of screen time. This is a movie based on a novel by master writer Tatsuhiko Takimoto, whose buggest claim to fame is the wonderfully twisted and beautiful "Welcome To The NHK." An uplifting, mellow tale of learning to love yourself and the ones around you, "Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge" is a surprisingly good film with some issues that are hard to ignore.

High-schooler Yosuke is an incredible underachiever, haunted by the death of a close friend who he felt was always better than him. He spends a good portion of his life attempting to "top" his dead friend, to no avail. By pure chance, he encounters a mysterious girl named Eri while walking home one night, sitting alone in a park. However, they are not alone for long, because a hooded figure wielding a chain jumps out of the sky and lands in the park. Turns out it's Eri's destiny to fight this "Chainsaw Man", and that Yosuke is going to get dragged into doing combat by her side.

This may seem like a catchy hook, but action junkies and horror buffs might want to skip out on this. There are only one or two fighting sequences throughout the whole film, the rest devoted to dialogue and the development of interpersonal relationships. We learn more about Yosuke's low self-esteem, about why Eri has to fight "Chainsaw Man", that Yosuke's roommate is a failure at everything he tries, and that their landlady is a depressive drunk because nobody pays attention to her.
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