Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 5th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2008
Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu
Writer: Chisato Oogawara
Cast: Akiho Yoshizawa, Hiroshi Fujita, Hiroyuki Kaneko, Masayoshi Nogami, Yôko Satomi, Anri Suzuki, Mari Yamaguchi
DVD released: April 6th, 2010
Approximate running time: 66 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
The plot for Maid-Droid is essentially two separate stories that while different in tone. They actually have a lot in common with each other. One of the stories involves an elderly man who maid droid’s battery has been drained. He has spent most of his life with the maid droid whose name is Maria. And now he takes care of her until he can find her a replacement battery. The plot does a good job setting up their relationship and how after his parents died she continued to take care of him. Along the way he fails in love with Maria. Unfortunately their love is put to the test when they discover that since she was a prototype droid that she is unable to have the sex upgrade installed. The other story which makes up the other half of the film revolves around a female police detective who has been assigned to a case in which a renegade droid has been raping women around the city. As this story progresses it is revealed that she recently had to put down her droid dog. This plays a key part in her quest to find and capture the serial rapist. There is another character who is introduced a man who has a maid droid fetish and is not interested in real women. He appears on a talk show in which the two women hosts ridicule him. He finally snaps and assaults them. This character as mentioned before does not play that important part in the story as the characters in the other two stories. With his main scene involving him visiting a maid droid dealer who has made several illegal alterations to the droid.
As you can see there is a lot that happens in this film that barely clocks in at just over an hour. At first while the two stories appear to be conflicting with each other. The film’s ending brings everything together and the similarities between the two stories becomes crystal clear. The film moves along briskly with no moment that feels unnecessary or detrimental to the advancement of the stories at hand. The film features a few soft core sex scenes with the aforementioned scene where the man who was ridiculed on a talk show is testing out a maid droid while the dealer watches him.
Maid-Droid was directed by Naoyuki Tomomatsu whose other notable films include Eat the Schoolgirl, Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies, Zombie Self-Defense Force and Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl. Performance wise the cast are all very good in their respective roles with the film’s most mesmerizing performance coming from its leading lady a JAV actress named Akiho Yoshizawa. Ultimately Maid-Droid is a simple story that deals with a universal theme that everyone can identify with, ‘Love’.
Cinema Epoch presents Maid-Droid is a letterboxed widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The image looks clean, colors and flesh tones look accurate. Outside of some darker scenes and the rapist POV shots, details generally look crisp. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is minimal.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Japanese and removable English subtitles have been included. The audio sounds clear and balanced.
Extras include a stills gallery with music from the film playing in the background and a behind the scenes featurette (14 minutes 3 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese English subtitles). This segment is mostly made up of behind the scenes footage with some comments from actress Akiho Yoshizawa. Rounding out the extras is a promo image gallery of titles that are available on DVD from Cinema Epoch. Overall Maid-Droid gets a well rounded DVD release from Cinema Epoch.