Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 20th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1986
Director: Motosugu Watanabe
Writer: Motosugu Watanabe
Cast: Saeko Fuji, Kyoko Hashimoto, Yukijirô Hotaru, Yutaka Ikejima, Reika Kazami, Ayu Kiyokawa, Ayumi Taguchi
DVD released: February 23rd, 2009
Approximate running time: 60 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
Subtitles: English – Non-removable
DVD Release: Pink Eiga
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $21.99
The plot for Sexy Battle Girls keeps things simple and the sex scenes are plentiful. The film even opens with a sex scene that ends in tragedy. At the core of this delirious tale is a story about revenge. The film’s other major subplot is a secret prostitution ring that is being run out of private school in which the girls are being groomed as sex slaves for politicians. The film also features a handful of lecherous villains like the Headmaster of the girl school that Mirai has recently transferred to and a sadistic truant officer who takes advantage of all the girls at the school. The films also features some off the wall weapons like a dildo with balls and Mirai’s finishing move the Venus Crush which is a reference to a deadly move she can execute with her vagina. The film is at its best during the sex scenes / sleazier moments and it fizzles during the more dialog driven and fight scenes.
What makes this film work as well as it does is the superb performance from its lead actress Kyoko Hashimoto in the role of Mirai. A few years back there was another attempt at making an erotica version of Sukeban Deka character titled Yo-Yo Sexy Girl Cop, this film pales in comparison to Sexy Battle Girls in every way. To date the best film adaptations that I have seen of the Sukeban Deka are Sukeban Deka (1987) and Sukeban Deka 2: Counter-Attack from the Kazama Sisters. Ultimately Sexy Battle Girls is a perverse send up of the 1980’s Japanese TV series Sukeban Deka.
Pink Eiga presents Sexy Battle Girls in a letterboxed widescreen (the DVD box art incorrectly says anamorphic widescreen). This transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback. This interlaced transfer exhibits some mild ghosting and colors look muted at times. Flesh tones look accurate and details vary in sharpness throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Japanese. The audio is clear and free of any background noise. The English subtitles are burnt in and non removable.
Extras for this release include two trailers for the film, a photo gallery that has music from the film playing in the background, bios for director Motosugu Watanabe, actress Kyoko Hashimoto and actors Yukijirô Hotaru and Yutaka Ikejima, a still of the original cover art for the film and a text based trivia extra that gives some background info on the film. Also included with this release are trailers for S&M Hunter, New Tokyo Decadence: The Slave, a Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn, S&M Hunter Begins, Blind Love and Groper Train. All of the trailers are in Japanese and they all come with English subtitles. Overall Sexy Battle Girls gets a well rounded DVD release from Pink Eiga.