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Robo-Geisha (Iguchi / Nishimura, 2009)

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Yoshie is the younger sister and attendant of a geisha . One day, the sisters are invited to a dinner party by a customer, the son of the president of Kageno Iron Corporation. They are kidnapped and then trained to be assassins by the company president. Yoshie, who shows promise as an assassin, then begins to doubt the motives of the group.

The above is plot synopsis by Funimation, who are to release the film in North America sometime this year.
- http://blog.funimation.com/2010/01/2010 ... and-kamui/

Here's the official JP site:
http://www.robogeisha.com/
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Robo-Geisha

Noboru Iguchi knows how to hype movies. The Machine Girl (2008) was a cult classic before anyone had seen it. Iguchi’s latest, Robo-Geiha, received 700 000 trailer views in Youtube – an achievement that is now used in the film’s marketing campaign in Japan. As a director Iguchi has never convinced, but his wild imagination and real life persona – Iguchi attends the premieres of his movies wearing sumo wrestler’s loincloths – has won over the audience’s sympathies. Maybe next time Iguchi will manage to transform his madcap ideas into a fully functional movie, is everybody’s wish.

Hopes of cinematic improvement remain, as Robo-Geisha turns out a surprisingly lame effort. The director’s previous film, The Machine Girl, wasn’t the most solid effort either, but it entertained with its combination of school girls, machine guns, and gore. With the Robo-Geisha concept Iguchi is crewed from the start, as geisha do not fascinate, and there is little in terms of blood and gore. Despite some current misbelieves, Robo-Geisha is not a splatter film but a slightly dirty kids film. Just like the American’s have long had the tradition of producing movie into a certain, pre-decided category, the Japanese also know the theory maximizing the incomes with low rating. Robo-Geisha is decidedly pg-12, although it should be noted that in Japan this category does allow a few more comedic CG blood spurts than its American equivalent ever would.

However, as long as gore to family genre transition goes a new Takashi Miike Iguchi is not. While the quality has taken a dive, the box office success has also been modest and somewhat in line with the director’s previous features. This is true despite Iguchi getting major studios like Kadokawa and Pony Canyon to back him up. What does separate Robo-Geisha from the typical Iguchi / Nishimura (who once again made special effects for the film, and also makes a brief cameo) movies, is the glossier visual look (home video esque cheap digital video look has become history –for now at least) and massive CGI effects. What would a robot film be if it didn’t have mountain size mechanical villains putting cities into the ground.

The storyline follows two sisters kidnapped by a maniac that is attempting to produce an evil geisha army. The girls’ assets are improved with mechanical parts – such as machine guns coming out of every imaginable body part. This is a regular theme in Iguchi’s films. Sukeban Boy (2006) presented machine gun legs, The Machine Girl replaced a girl’s arm with a cannon, and Hajirai Machine Girl stuck one in Noriko Kiijima’s butt. A few thousand bullets are fired in Robo-Geisha, however, with a Strom Trooper (or should I say Bikini Trooper) accuracy. In other words, hits are a rare reward.

The younger sister’s (Aya Kikuchi) brave rebellion against evil, and the older sister’s (Hitomi Hasebe) arrogance towards what is good and noble, provides the film with some completely unneeded family drama. That’s not to say the comedy front is doing much better. Childish over-acting and face twisting rarely manage to fish laughs. The filmmakers’ live appearances - especially Asami sticking a dart into the director’s ass in the Sapporo premiere – are generally funnier than anything in Robo-Geisha. This makes one wonder if Iguchi might have a more promising career as a standup comedian. More convincing in live is also Tengu girl Cay Izumi (Tokyo Gore Police’s dog girl), a pole dancer by her main profession. In Robo-Geisha she’s allowed a brief 20 seconds on the pole. The film’s other Tengu is played by AV star Asami.

Robo-Geisha is not a complete failure. There are occasional, Nobel worthy laugh out loud moments, especially during the geisha martial arts training scenes. From the generally underwhelming cast stands out Naoto Takenaka’s vengeful father, who’s willing to go to war in wheelchair. It’s a shame half of the other performances fall to the negative side. Nevertheless, Robo-Geisha should find its international audience thanks to hype and effective marketing campaign. Those convinced of the film’s quality should avoid viewing the brilliantly spoiling trailer. Others may just do that, as it packs most of the highlights in three minutes, and forget about the main product.

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Below are some photos from the Sapporo premiere (16.1.2010) in Dinos Shiroishi.

Now a tradition, director Noboru Iguchi (left) and special effects man Yoshihiro Nishimura (right) attend the screening in loincloths.

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Also attending (from the left), actresses Yui Murata, Cay Izumi, and Asami

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Highlight of the night: Cay and Asami capture Nishimura…

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… and put a dart in Nishimura’s ass

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That’s some genuine special effects for poor Nishimura-san

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You probably don’t know (how would you, unless you read my review) but Asami is an AV star… and Cay is a pole dancer. It’s a shame Cay didn’t put up her Fantastic Fest show.

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The crew also brough a load of gifts and prizes for the audience. I didn’t win anything, but at least got a signed photo of Demo Tanaka, and some candy from Cay and Asami…

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Here's Cay's performance from Fantastic Fest

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- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjHTkFHE5r8

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The movie version of Iguchi's new TV series The Ancient Dogoo Girl (it was just released on dvd, priced to hell) is now playing in theaters in Tokyo. I could check it out while I'm in Tokyo but only if the crew is present... I doubt the film is very good. More Robo-Geisha style family entertainment judging by the trailer. Nowadays Miike does the same stuff, and much better than Iguchi.

I will probably save my money for the upcoming Mutant Girls Squad and Alien vs Ninja, both of which are said to be bloodbaths.

Anyway, Dogoo trailer on the official site (bottom left)
http://doguchan.jp/movie/index.html

Yuki Saito is in the film, btw.

Dogu-chan is played by Erika Yazawa

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And here are Iguchi and Nishimura

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UK BD:
http://10kbullets.com/reviews/r/robogeisha-bluray/

Includes one trailer for the film, plus bonus trailers for other releases. Special Collector's Edition... :?

UPDATE: DVD Times review:
http://homecinema.thedigitalfix.co.uk/c ... eisha.html

The transfer is said to be top quality. Shame about the lack of extras. Even the upcoming Scandinavian dvd will have the spin off movie.

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That 10kbullets review says it's a 25GB disc, and the DVD Times one says it's a 50GB disc.

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Aussie R4 release (which is already out) has the spin-off movie.

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Geisha Cop
If there's something positive to say about RoboGeisha's 17 minute spin off Geisha Cop, that would be one good performance and a satisfying finale. Relative to its running time, that's more than the main feature had to offer. The short film stars Yui Murata as an undercover cop facing an evil geisha army. Special effects are modest - Yoshihiro Nishimura's name in the credits counts for nothing here - and Murata's ass alone isn't quite enough to top the entertainment value. AV star Asami provides the biggest surprise as an evil girl resurrecting the dead with her kisses. Going strictly againts her habits, she doesn't sink the film but instead saves it. Asami's kissing scene with Murata is, quite simply, one of the grand moments in movie history. Watch it five times and forgive the rest of the film its shortcomings.

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+ I'm on the Finnish DVD cover
https://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... f=8&t=5676

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They didn't buy me shit.

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Everybody knows Asian dvd covers are just like chinese take out menus. They are bound to have typos.

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UK belongs to Asia now? Cool.

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