Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 6th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2006
Director: Noboru Iguchi
Writer: Noboru Iguchi
Cast: Asami, Kaori, Kentaro Kishi, Atsuko Miura, Miwa, Risa Mizuki, Emiru Momose, Hiroaki Murakami, Kôichi Ôhori, Demo Tanaka
DVD released: October 28th, 2008
Approximate running time: 61 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
DVD Release: Eastern Star/Discotek
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: Sukeban is an angelic looking boy. Whose feminine facial features have lead to him being expelled from numerous schools for fighting with his classmates who teased Sukeban for looking like a girl! Not wanting to see his son end up like him. Sukeban’s father convinces Sukeban to dress up like a girl and attend an all girl school. Sukeban soon discovers that this all girl’s school is just as dangerous as the schools he was expelled from.
Sukeban Boy was directed by Noboru Iguchi who also directed the blood soaked revenge film The Machine Girl. The character Sukeban Boy was created by Gô Nagai who also other notable creations include Cutie Honey, Devil Man and Devil Lady. The Japanese title for Sukban Boy is “Oira sukeban” which translates into “Delinquent in Drag”. The special effects for Sukeban Boy were created by Yoshihiro Nishimura who would go on to direct the film Tokyo Gore Police.
From the film’s opening shot of Sukeban dressed is a school girl outfit while he beats up three men it becomes quickly apparent were this film is going, Each scene is more perverse than the next as Noboru Iguchi builds towards a topless finale were Sukeban now a woman (after receiving a female hormone shot) fights the Naked Witch. Along the way we are introduced to a gang of girls known as “Half Naked Women” who get off by humiliating their new members. The Naked Witch character is the most brutal of the lot. She cuts off one girl’s legs and tongue. There are also a gang of bald monk girls who throw chains with laundry pins that attach to nipples. The leader of the “Half Naked Women” shoots bullets from her mouth and later in the film when she is shot in the breast they change into machine guns. This is not the film only unusual machine gun. The girl who earlier had her legs chopped off now has machine guns that shoot from the stubs of her legs.
Visually director Noboru Iguchi creates a world that is a cross between the Toei action films of the 1970’s and a JAV fetish video. Anything is possible is this film and director Noboru Iguchi pushes every moment to their limit. The Sukeban character is flawlessly played by Asami who would work again with Noboru Iguchi on the film The Machine Girl. Her facial expressions when other girl’s expose themselves and her all out for anything take on the character are this film’s greatest strength. The rest of the cast are merely adequate in their respective roles. Ultimately Sukeban Boy is an entertaining mix of sex, violence and gore.
Eastern Star presents Sukeban Boy in a letterbox widescreen that preserves the film’s 1:85:1 aspect ratio. Considering the film’s meager budget and that it was shot in a mere five days this transfer is pretty good all around. Edge enhancement is minimal, colors and flesh tones look accurate. Even though the transfer is interlaced the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in the film’s native Japanese language. There are no audio defects. The audio sounds clean, clear and evenly balanced. Removable English subtitles have been included.
Extras for this release include a trailer for Sukeban Boy (in Japanese with English subtitles), a photo gallery with eleven images and a four minute clip titled “Sukeban WTF Remix”. This is essentially a collection of clips from the film that assembled into a crazy condensed version of the film. The main extra on this release is an audio commentary with director Noboru Iguchi and actor Demo Tanaka. The audio commentary is a mixture of background on the film and unrelated ramblings from both participants. Even though both participants are all over the place throughout the audio commentary the track is extremely entertaining in its own right. Also include with this release are trailers for Sars Wars, Happiness of the Katakuris, Killer Pussy and Oh My Zombie Mermaid. Overall Sukeban Boy makes its U.S. debut via a well rounded DVD from Eastern Star that is highlighted by the audio commentary with director Noboru Iguchi and actor Demo Tanaka.