Friday, July 13, 2012

Mutant Girls Squad (2010)

So and so!

What's her face!

The ugly one!

Sorry, I couldn't resist. Anyways, "Mutant Girls Squad" is the latest from Sushi Typhoon, who apart from "Cold Fish", seem to aim for high end splatter, random wackiness and moments of drama-but mostly moments that make you wonder what is in the water. This splatter-centric variation on "X-Men" is told in three parts, each one directed by a veteran from the studio.

The first act is directed by Noboru Iguchi. Here, poor teenager Rin (Yumi Sugumoto) is about to discover a little secret-she's a mutant (she has a metallic claw like appendage for an arm), and so is her dad. However, a group of government soldiers with phallic nose guns is after her, as well the rest of the town. Cue wall to wall splatter.

Segment two is from Tak Sakaguchi, where the story comes through. Rin is taken in by a group of fellow mutant girls lead by Kisaragi (Sakaguchi), who is training them for terrorist acts involving slaughtering those who want to kill their fellow mutants-and innocent bystanders. In the process, she befriends tentacle armed Yoshi (Susuka Morita) and loner with a troubled past Rei (Yuko Takayama), and in the process begins to have second thoughts on this whole killing people thing.

The third act comes from Yoshihiro Nishimura, and is where the shit hits the fan. The girls start to kill innocent civilians whilst Kisaragi makes his final plans to become something that could destroy humanity, and a mutant/goddess that can bleed fire is awoken. Can Rin and Yoshi help save the day? Can Rei come around and realize that what she is doing is wrong? What is with the filmmakers and schoolgirls?

Though not all the jokes work (Kisaragi's mutant power is a rather obvious and forced erection joke) and the constant arterial sprays can get tiresome, "Mutant Girls Squad" manages to be more entertaining than not. This is largely due to the odd mutant powers (a girl with swords coming out of her tits, a girl with a chainsaw coming out of her ass), random visual gags (chainsaw butt girl wears a yellow cheerleader outfit that says "I hear Texas." I don't know why, but that cracked me up) and stronger than usual acting on display. It could also be seen as a social commentary, here speaking about such issues such as racism in Japan, government war-mongering, terrorism and the awkward life of being a teenager. Of course, you aren't watching this for intelligent mussing, you are watching this for over-the-top gore and general what the fuckery, and on that level, it works.

Is this the best of the wave of Japanese splatter movies? Not really, but after the disastrous "Helldriver" and the redundant and boring "Yakuza Weapon", I'll take it. Nothing great, but a nice little diversion for gore-hounds.

Rating: 6.5/10

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