Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 27th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2008
Director: Akira Hirose
Writer: Takashi Miyamoto
Cast: Ryo Akanishi, Ruru Anoa, Mina Asa, Yôichi Matsuda, Sasa Handa
DVD released: February 15th, 2011
Approximate running time: 67 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
DVD Release: Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $16.98
Synopsis: On her 20th birthday, a young woman named Lili takes up the challenge of carrying on her families deadly martial arts fighting style. And during the ceremony to bestow her as families successor. She drinks some tea that transports her a few hundred years into the past.
Content wise Oppai Chanbara: Striptease Samurai Squad is billed as a spoof of Onechanbara (which was loosely based on a series of Japanese video games). And while the film for most part succeeds. When it comes to its more humor based moments. It falls flat on its face. Whenever it tries to incorporate anything remotely erotic into the mix. With the bulk of the nudity confined to a few shots of breasts and one sex scene.
The film’s plot is as basic as they come. And yet the overall flow of the narrative tends to drag for long stretches. The action sequences feel rushed and crudely executed. If it were not for an occasion breast being exposed during these action sequences. These scenes would be even more tedious then they already are.
Performance wise the entire cast are pretty dreadful. At least the film serves up plenty of eye candy. Via its two leading ladies Ruru Anoa and Ryo Akanishi. With their two characters climatic showdown being this films one and only worthwhile moment.
Tokyo Shock presents Oppai Chanbara: Striptease Samurai Squad in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Outside of a few darker scenes. Details generally look sharp. 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 with this release. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout. With the more ambient aspects of soundtrack being well represented.
Extras for this release are limited to trailers for other films also available on DVD from Tokyo Shock. Overall Oppai Chanbara: Striptease Samurai Squad gets a strong audio / video presentation from Tokyo Shock.