Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 18th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2010
Directors: Tak Sakaguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Noboru Iguchi
Writers: Noboru Iguchi, Jun Tsugita
Cast: Asami, Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoto Takenaka, Tak Sakaguchi, Cay Izumi, Yumi Sugimoto, Maki Mizui, Kanji Tsuda, Kotono, Suzuka Morita, Yûko Takayama
BluRay released: May 22nd, 2012
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Japanese, Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: A Japanese schoolgirl named Rin has her life turned upside down on her sixteenth birthday. Her parents are brutally murdered in front of her and she learns that she is mutant.
Mutant Girls Squad is the brainchild of the three most prominent filmmakers working within the Japanese Gore genre, Tak Sakaguchi (Yakuza Weapon), Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, Helldriver) and Noboru Iguchi (Sukeban Boy, The Machine Girl, RoboGeisha).
There are few genres that peak my interest like gore cinema that hails from Japan. Sure the plots are often anemic, the CGI is almost always crudely executed and most importantly you know that there is going to be an obscene amount of blood flowing from wounds and appendages. With that being said, I have been eagerly awaiting for the opportunity to Mutant Girls Squad.
Content wise, this film draws inspiration from the X Men films. With all of the mutants in this film possessing a special power. And in the case of this film protagonist Rin, she is able to turn her left hand into a reptilian claw that strikes with the utmost deadly force. Other special powers that some of the other mutants posses include, samurai swords from breast, a chainsaw that protrudes from a girl rectum and tentacle arms.
Needless to say, mayhem runs rampant throughout. This is not a film that is looking to impart its viewers with a message. This film is all about having and nothing is off limits. Besides the aforementioned copious amounts of blood and weapons attached to body parts. Another area where this film hits the ground running and never misses a beat is its offbeat humor. Also pacing is never an issue and it is hard to fault any of the performance, since the entire cast give it their all with enthusiastic performances that fully embrace the insanity unfolding onscreen.
Just when you thought that everything that could have been said and done in Japanese gore cinema. Then comes along a film like Mutant Girls Squad that kicks you in the balls and reminds you that there endless avenues yet to be explored in Japanese gore cinema.
Mutant Girls Squad comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. This is a strong transfer that is on par with Well Go USA’s other Sushi Typhoon releases.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Japanese and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Japanese. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear and balanced throughout. Also the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented throughout. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, footage from the film’s premier (28 minutes 25 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), a ‘Making of’ featurette (29 minutes 1 second – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), a spin-off short film titled ‘Yoshie Zero’ (16 minutes 49 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles) and interviews with, actresses Yumi Sugimoto (4 minutes 6 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), Yûko Takayama (2 minutes 49 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), Suzuka Morita (2 minutes 50 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles) and directors Tak Sakaguchi (3 minutes 14 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), Noboru Iguchi (7 minutes 16 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), Yoshihiro Nishimura (6 minutes 28 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles). Each of the participants that are interviewed give a well rounded account of their role in the making of this film and ‘Making of’ featurette comes with a wealth of onset footage. Also included with this release are trailers for Helldriver, Yakuza Weapon, Mutant Girls Squad, Karate-Robo Zaborgar and Deadball. Overall Mutant Girls Squad gets a first rate release from Well Go USA.
Note: Well Go USA are also releasing Mutant Girls Squad on DVD and as a stand alone BluRay. It should also be noted that all the content present on the BluRay for this combo release, is also included on the DVD counterpart of this release.