Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge
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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.Read more ›
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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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.Read more ›
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This movie is pretty cool with its matrix style fight scenes. it has the mixture of goofy, action, & horror.Published on July 20, 2013 by Kerry Ryan Maloney
Maybe the most bizarre title of any film I've seen so far - EVER - this one is NOTHING like you'd think from the illustration! Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by ShowBizBuff
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