Eleven years since Noboru Iguchi contribution to J-splatter hit like wildfire with The Machine Girl, Death Row Family helmer Yuki Kobayashi is back to return the favor with a favorable looking reboot in Rise Of The Machine Girls.
The film had its Neuchatel premiere this year and is now looking toward a Japan release on November 22 with actresses Himena Tsukimiya and Kanon Hanakage headlining the iconic IP. They’re joined by actress Toshie Negishi who plays the villain, and actor and cult action star Tak Sakaguchi who seems determined to get me writing about him a little more today.
Long gone are the days of freedom. Preying on the weak and defenseless, the Dharma Family rules the town. It is now a time devoid of justice and order.
Abandoned by their mother at a young age, Ami and her sister Yoshie scrape by doing fight shows for the Gotai Troupe. One night, while Ami is at night school, Yoshie carries out a surprise attack on the black market organ organization run by the evil Dharma Family. Unexpectedly, Yoshie is met by the Battle Bust Sisters – female killing machines designed by Dharma Aoyama – and is captured. Hearing of this, Ami rushes to her sister’s rescue. Outmatched, Ami has an arm ruthlessly severed off by Dharma Aoyama before being dumped unconscious in the street.
Hours later, Ami awakes more determined than ever to get her sister back. Defying excruciating pain, she attaches a machine gun to the stump of her left arm and charges into the enemy’s lair only to find that she is too late: Yoshie has been transformed into a human cyborg programmed to kill her! Worse still, Dharma Aoyama has enlisted the talents of Kikyo, the deadliest of assassins. As they face off, the battle escalates into out-and-out war! Will Ami find a way to bring her sister back?
Kobayashi is definitely anteing up the spectacle for this venture. The weaponization, the action and choreography look like plusses.
Also, I didn’t actually think we’d see the dual brassiere drills back but…clearly that was a silly notion. A few clear signs of that is the name Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) who is producing this film with Yoshinori Chiba who worked on the original. So… yeah! Huzzah!
Pray this one comes VERY soon next year.