ⓘ The Machine Girl is a 2008 Japanese action shockgore film written and directed by Noboru Iguchi with special effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura. The film stars Mina ..

The Machine Girl

ⓘ The Machine Girl

The Machine Girl is a 2008 Japanese action shock/gore film written and directed by Noboru Iguchi with special effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura. The film stars Minase Yashiro as Ami, Asami as Miki, Kentarō Shimazu as Ryūgi Kimura and Honoka as his wife. It is about an orphaned Japanese schoolgirl whose life is destroyed when her brother is killed by a son of a Ninja-Yakuza clan. When her hand is cut off, she replaces it with a makeshift machine gun and seeks revenge.


1. Plot

Ami Hyūga is an average high school girl whose world comes crashing down when her brother Yu and his friend Takeshi Sugihara are killed by bullies, led by Sho Kimura. As Ami tracks down Sho, she discovers that the bullies are associated with a ninja-yakuza family. She goes after the clan for revenge, but they brutally overpower her, cutting off her left arm. Ami escapes and seeks shelter with Takeshis parents, Suguru and Miki Sugihara, two kindly mechanics who fit her with a multi-barrelled machine gun prosthetic. Ami and Miki who uses a chainsaw pursue the clan, massacring them one by one. Their victims families, meanwhile, band together to get revenge.

Eventually, they reach the yakuzas hiding place. As the fight continues, Miki loses her right foot and eventually dies. Ami loses her machine gun during her fight with Shos father Ryūgi Kimura, but gets Mikis chainsaw. Finding Sho with hostages to keep Ami at bay, his mother Violet Kimura manages to disarm Ami while attempting to kill her with her drill bra. Noticing one of the hostages wet himself, Ami takes advantage and trips Violet onto the urine, electrocuting her. She then kills Sho. Feeling she has nothing left to live for, she attempts to commit suicide. At that moment, Ami hears noise behind her and turns, sword at the ready.


2. Production

According to writer and director Iguchi, the idea for The Machine Girl went back to a simple idea he had about a one-armed girl in a bikini looking for revenge. The idea for the machine gun arm came later.


3. Cast

  • Honoka – Violet Kimura
  • Nobuhiro Nishihara – Sho Kimura
  • Taro Suwa – Kimura gang member
  • Yūya Ishikawa – Suguru Sugihara
  • Ryosuke Kawamura – Yu Hyuga
  • Kentarō Shimazu – Ryūgi Kimura
  • Asami Miyajima – Miki Sugihara
  • Minase Yashiro – Ami Hyuga
  • Noriko Kijima – Yoshie

English dub Version

The English dubbed version was dubbed at NYAV Post in the United States.

  • Christopher Kromer – Sho Kimura
  • Mike Pollock – Sushi Chef
  • David Wills – Suguano
  • Dan Green – Yusume
  • Tom Wayland – Shinsuke
  • Kevin T. Collins – Suguru Sugihara
  • Stephanie Sheh – Yoshie
  • Wayne Grayson – Kitamura
  • Carrie Keranen – Miki Sugihara
  • Jason Griffith – Ryota, various
  • Dara Seitzman – Sumire
  • Erica Schroeder – Masako
  • Charles Bunting – Ryūgi Kimura
  • Michael Sinterniklaas – Yu Hyuga
  • Christine Shipp – Yumiko, Old Lady
  • Drew Aaron – Takeshi Sugihara, Teppei
  • Brandon Potter – Kaneko
  • Robby Sharpe – Hiroshi
  • Brina Palencia – Ami Hyuga


4. Release

The movie premiered at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in March 2008. It was released theatrically in the United States on May 23, 2008 and on DVD June 3, 2008, and in Japan on August 2, 2008. The Japanese DVD from Nikkatsu came out January 23, 2009 as a 2 disc set including the short Shyness Machine Girl hajiraiマシンガール, Hajirai mashin gāru. Tokyo Shock, the Media Blaster label which released the original US DVD, announced that they were bringing out a two-disc special titled The Machine Girl Remix on August 4, 2009. The set includes the Shyness Machine Girl short, renamed Machine Girlite.


5. Reception

The films reception has been mixed to positive. It currently holds a 63% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes from eight reviews.


The film was rated 18 in countries such as Chile, Peru and Spain because of nonstop gore, bloody action sequences and a rape scene with suggested necrophiliac overtones.


6. Sequel

A direct-to-video sequel called Shyness Machine Girl hajiraiマシンガール, Hajirai mashin gāru was released on January 23, 2009 along with the Japanese DVD of The Machine Girl.

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