Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 3rd, 2010
BluRay released: June 7th, 2010
Approximate running time: 101 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: DTS-HD Master 4.0 Japanese, Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
BluRay Release: Cine Asia
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: £24.99
Synopsis: Young woman are being abducted and trained as Geisha Assassins.
Robo-Geisha was written and directed by Noboru Iguchi, who’s other notable film’s include Sukeban Boy and The Machine Girl. The cinematographer on Robo-Geisha was Yasutaka Nagano (Executive Koala) a frequent collaborator of Noboru Iguchi. The special effects supervisor for Robo-Geisha was Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl), he also created the special makeup effects for Suicide Club, Meatball Machine, Sukeban Boy and The Machine Girl.
The plot for Robo-Geisha like Noboru Iguchi’s previous film’s is kept simple. Even though the film opens with a carnage filled sequence which gives a glimpse of the mayhem that is yet to come. After this scene the film shifts slightly in tone as the main character Yoshie and her back story are told via flash back. These early scenes while essential to establishing who everyone is and their motivations. They do tend to drag at times. The film finally hits its stride once Yoshie’s sister Kikue gets machine gun breasts. From there on through to the film’s delirious climax. The film then doesn’t let up. Even for a moment.
Just like Noboru Iguchi’s previous films. The outrageous special effects dominate to story at hand. Some things to look forward to include acid breast milk, asses that shoot throwing stars, arm pit swords, machine guns breasts and robot castle. Sure the special effects tend to be on the crude. And yet this is part of their appeal.
This time around Noboru Iguchi focuses more on humor. And while this film may not be as gory as his previous film The Machine Girl. That is not to say that this film doesn’t have its fare share of gory moments like a scene where a girl gets a samurai sword in her ass. In the midst of all of the chaos which unfolds there is a highly entertaining film that achieves everything that it sets out to do.
Robo-Geisha comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. This is a good looking transfer that boasts robust colors, healthy looking flesh tones, black levels look strong and details generally look sharp throughout. There are no problems with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, DTS-HD Master 4.0 Japanese and Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and error free have been included. Both audio mixes sound crystal clear, balanced and dynamic. Range wise both audio tracks do a great job spreading out the sound effects during action related sequences.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes – anamorphic widescreen – HD). Also included with this release are trailers for Machine Girl (1 minute 31 seconds – letterboxed widescreen), Raging Phoenix (1 minute 43 seconds – anamorphic widescreen – HD), Shinjuku Incident (1 minute 49 seconds – anamorphic widescreen – HD), IP Man (2 minutes 6 seconds – anamorphic widescreen – HD), Fatal Move (1 minute 35 seconds – letterboxed widescreen), House of Fury (1 minute 14 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), Kung Fu Dunk (55 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), Dragon Tiger Gate (anamorphic widescreen) and The Myth (1 minute 32 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Overall Cine Asia gives Robo-Geisha a strong audio / video presentation.