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Machine Girl, The (Cine Asia) 
Written by: on May 1st, 2009

Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2007
Director: Noboru Iguchi
Writer: Noboru Iguchi
Cast: Minase Yashiro, Asami, Kentaro Shimazu, Honoka, Nobuhiro Nishihara, Yûya Ishikawa, Ryôsuke Kawamura, Demo Tanaka, Nahana, Taro Suwa

DVD released: May 18th, 2009
Approximate running time: 93 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Japanese, Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Cine Asia / Showbox Media Group Ltd
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £14.99

Synopsis: Ami and Yu are outcasts who have trouble finding friends because of their father who was accused of murder. Ami now takes care of her brother since the death of their parents who committed suicide because of the murder allegations. Yu is being bullied by a classmate named Sho whose father is a prominent Yakuza boss. Yu tired of being pushed around by Sho fights back. This act of rebellion only further angers Sho who kills Yu. After the death of her brother Ami vows to kill everyone responsible for her brother’s death.

The Machine Girl was directed by Noboru Iguchi’s (Sukeban Boy) whose direction is in your face and the rapid fire pacing keeps things exciting. The best and the goriest scene in the film is when Ami is captured by the Yakuza and they torture her. All the kills and scenes of torture in the film flow with streams of bright red blood. If anything this films greatest weakness is its cheap looking special effects. Despite looking cheap they do serve their purpose. This film features some very cool devices used for killing a buzz saw attached to a leg, a machine gun attached to an arm and chain with a flying guillotine attached to it. This film is filled with dark humor and a lot of it is based around the revenge killings. The plot is pretty basic as it follows your standard revenge formula.

The acting as whole a whole is not without its flaws with the two female leads Minase Yashiro as Ami Hyuga and Asami as Miki standing out as the best of the lot. Ami is a driven character who no longer fears her own death and will stop at nothing to avenge her dead brother. One other performance that stands out is Nobuhiro Nishihara who plays Sho Kimura the boy who murdered Ami’s brother. The one thing that I really enjoyed about The Machine Girl is how this film never tries to take itself seriously. Ultimately fans of over the top gore and comic book violence will thoroughly enjoy The Machine Girl.

The DVD:

Cine Asia presents The Machine Girl in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer is on par with Tokyo Shock’s transfer for the region 1 DVD release of The Machine Girl.

This release comes with two audio options a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix. Both audio mixes are in the film’s native Japanese Language. You really can’t go wrong with either audio mix as the both are crystal clear and sound evenly balanced. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix sounds the fuller of the two audio mixes. Removable English subtitles have been included.

Extras for this release include the Japanese and International trailers for The Machine Girl and a ten minute behind the scenes documentary. Also included with this release are trailers for other Cine Asia titles that are also available on DVD. Overall The Machine Girl gets a well rounded DVD release from Cine Asia that presents the film fully uncut, recommended.

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