BLOODY CHAINSAW GIRL (2016) Reviews and overview

 

‘May the chaos be with you…’

Bloody Chainsaw Girl is a 2016 Japanese science fiction comedy horror film directed by Hiroki Yamaguchi (Hellevator) from a screenplay written by Mitsunori Fukuhara, based on a manga by Rei Mikamoto.

The movie stars Rio Uchida, Mari Yamachi, Seira Satô, Yuki Tamaki, Ray Nishimura, Kayako Okuda, Seira Satô, Yûki Tamaki and Mari Yamachi.

Plot:

Delinquent high school student Giko (Rio Uchida) wields a chainsaw like no other, a talent she inherited from her long-deceased father.

On her way to high school, Giko is attacked by Sayuri, an assassin sent by rival student Nero. It seems that Nero has been burning the mad scientist oil and turning fellow classmates into cyborgs that obey her every command. The nefarious Nero is looking to add Giko to her collection of demented soldiers.

Although able to repel Sayuri’s attack, Giko is hardly out of the fire, and finds herself targeted not only by Nero, but also by all the members of her school’s Ninja Club, including Hanzo, their female leader who – in addition to a cyborg makeover – received a sex change from Nero…

Reviews:

“Evidently, Yoko Matsuda and Kazuhide Shimohata in the makeup department, Yuta Okuyama, Soichi Umezawa and Adam Nishida on the special effects, and Mami Ito in the costume department have done wonders into portraying all this bloody preposterousness on screen, and the result is truly impressive.” Asian Movie Pulse

Bloody Chainsaw Girl just isn’t as wild and off the wall as I’d hoped. It has moments, but when compared to the real insanity of Machine Girl or Mutant Girls Squad, it doesn’t cover any new ground […] Giko is a fun protagonist and the more sedate pace of the movie is positively restful compared to most other Japanese splatterpunk comedies. However, if you’re not already a fan of the genre, Bloody Chainsaw Girl might be a decent starting point.” The Critics Den

“There seem to be flashbacks every three minutes, explaining how everyone got to where they are, and it alternates between scenes that go on beyond their merit or purpose, and ones which feel too short. The low-budget is often palpable, falling well short of being able to deliver what is asked of it, and the blood is more digital than physical. Despite these flaws, I was entertained, though obviously, those of delicate sensibilities should stay well away.” Girls with Guns

“It manages to fill most dialogue with nonsense, especially the rationale of the villain – which is so nonsensical I still cannot comprehend […] If you want an example of the craziness, look at the poster here and see where the missiles come from.” Moonlight Knight

“It is really quite a funny film in that it is also wittily deflates the expectations of the genre. At one point, the cross-dressing cyborg ninja’s dying regret is that with her dead, the ninja club will no longer have the three members it needs to be registered by the student council. The funniest scene comes at the climax…” Moria

Original title:

Chimamire sukeban chênsô

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