Samurai Princess [Blu-ray]
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In an unknown place and an unknown time, when the creation of mechas (human-like androids) are outlawed by both the laws of Buddha and the Shogun; a pair of mad killers (played by Kentarou Shimazu and Mihiro) enhanced by mysticism and machinery are committing rape and murder throughout the land for the sake of making macabre art. Among their victims are Godohimo (Aino Kishi), who after her other 11 friends are raped and killed, is left for dead. Godohimo is found by a mad scientist called Kyoraku (Mituru Karahashi) who excels in making human-like machines and a kind-hearted Buddhist nun. Godohimo is resurrected in a new body made up of the body parts of her dead friends and their souls to hunt down and exact revenge on those responsible. Joined by a mysterious stranger named Gekko (Dai Mizuno), Godohimo is now known as "Samurai Princess"; a half-human, half-machine tech-warrior bent on revenge...
The film's plot is a tad uninspired and quite frankly pretty straightforward. "Samurai Princess" is a film about revenge and redemption. It also carries the elements of atonement and regret; coupled with a hint of mysticism.Read more ›
The quick synopsis gives us a mad scientist, with the help of a nun and two horrible actresses who speak in unison, finds a beautiful young girl who witnessed the rape, murder, and dismemberment of her eleven friends. Discovered at the bottom of a grisly pile of bloody body parts, her friends' body parts, she's in bad shape. With a desire for revenge, the girl asks the scientist to transform her into what amounts to a modern Japanese Frankenstein, a mixture of her girlfriends' body parts and bizarre attachments, making her mostly human, but wholly Mecha: an outlawed combination of human and machine.
Both gore and action are ubiquitous, but done so poorly they are hardly entertaining. This film obviously had a low budget, because the gore looks like tomato juice, and the excuses for body parts are not worth mentioning. Additionally hamstringing this movie is the acting, or lack thereof. A cast of Keanu Reeves, Hayden Christiansen, and the kids from Twilight would put together a more moving performance. I'm talking wooden and outrageous overacting, with nearly nothing in between.
It is an absolute must to not only be a hardcore fan of this stuff, but also a forgiving movie critic to fight through the entire movie. There is just too much bad going on for any of the good to stand out. If you must watch this, heed this recommendation: drink a little beforehand and use it as an opportunity to crack jokes, MST3K style. Otherwise, you'll want to turn it off before the groan-worthy end with the mangled combination of Barbie Doll and He Man figurine that will remind you of the doll nightmare from Toy Story (trust me).
The runaway success of 2006's The Machine Girl kicked off a thriving cottage industry in ultra-violent cute-cyborg-girl revenge movies in Japan. To be blunt, the majority of them suck. Samurai-Purincesu: Gedo-hime, released in the west with the much simpler title Samurai Princess, is no exception. You probably knew this if you're a pornhound, since the title role is played by Aino Kishi, who's much better known for her efforts in such timeless classics as Kinky Asian Schoolgirl and Lovely Asian Sensuous Teen Nurse. This flick doesn't ask her to do much acting, though she was probably happy with the change in pace of getting to leave her clothing on for more than two minutes at a stretch.
There is a plot, or at least, a plot is set up: Our samurai princess and her eleven friends are kidnapped, repeatedly raped, brutalized, etc. until all of them save our main character are dead, at which point a mad scientist transfers the eleven souls of her friends into our main character and turns her into a half-human, half-robot killing machine. Cue large amounts of violence and enough fake blood to drown a horse. And once the swords start slashing and the blood starts flying, who needs a plot?
Well, me, for one. One of the things that made The Machine Girl so much fun is that it's got a plot. And real characters. Yes, there's a great deal of over-the-top comedic violence, but it's all in service to the story, whereas here it's gore for gore's sake. There's nothing to latch onto for the viewer, and all we're left with is a movie so gratuitous that, if you make the mistake of watching it, it will have likely faded from your memory by the time it's finished. ½
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All I can say is this was an OK movie the special effects sucks but I will be purchasing from this seller againPublished 18 months ago by Cedrick Coleman
Cheezy gore with lots of blood action and attractive Asian actressPublished 21 months ago by bathory
Cinematography was really bad. This is really low budget and full of retard. Not the vendors fault, I received my copy in a timely fashion and DVD was in excellent condition. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Steven A.
the bluray of this movie is only average, but what would you expect with such a low-budget "trash" movie. Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by blah^^
In some twisted way it's kind of funny. This is the fourth Japanese movie of this genera that I have purchasePublished on October 8, 2013 by Nehemiah Lewis