Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 19th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2009
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Writer: Mamoru Oshii
Cast: Yoshikazu Fujiki, Rinko Kikuchi, Meisa Kuroki, Hinako Saeki
DVD released: October 19th, 2010
Approximate running time: 70 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English / Japanese, Dolby Digital Stereo English /Japanese
DVD Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
The plot revolves around a virtual world in which players hunt creatures called sandwhales. As the story progress it quickly becomes apparent that the only way in which any of the four players of Avalon F will be able to defeat the main sandwhale. Is if they all work together and combined their skills.
Assault Girls was written and directed by Mamoru Oshii, who’s other notable films include Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Avalon. Content wise Assault Girls is essentially a continuation of the aforementioned Avalon.
After a opening narration which does a good job explaining what Avalon F is? The film’s then shift’s into the virtual world of Avalon F. And each of the four players are given brief introductions. From there the film spends the bulk of the time following the four players around as they wander barren landscapes and kill sandwhales. As you can see there really is not that much going on in this film. Sure the special effects look great and the picturesque visuals provide plenty of eye candy. Unfortunately there are way too many stretches where nothing happens and when a key moment occurs they are never strong enough to sustain any momentum. Also another area where this film comes up short are the performances from the entire cast. Most of which wear masks that not only make it difficult to understand them. It also hides any emotional response they might be making.
Well Go USA presents Assault Girls in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels fare well and details look crisp throughout. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. The bulk of the audio is in English and what Japanese dialog and text that does appear in the film has been given English subtitles. Both audio mixes are in great shape and they differences between the two audio mixes is minimal.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film and trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall Assault Girls gets a strong audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.
Note: This title is also being released by Well Go USA on BluRay.