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The Machine Girl

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Genre  Action, Comedy, Horror
Initial DVD release  June 3, 2008
Writer  Noboru Iguchi
Language  Japanese
6/10 IMDb

Director  Noboru Iguchi
Sequel  Shyness Machine Girl
Country  Japan
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Release date  May 23, 2008 (2008-05-23) (US) August 2, 2008 (2008-08-02) (Japan)
Cast  Minase Yashiro (Ami Hyuga), Asami (Miki Sugihara), Yûya Ishikawa (Suguru Sugihara), Kentarô Shimazu (Ryûji Kimura), Honoka (Violet Kimura), Noriko Kijima (Yoshie)
Similar movies  Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Blade Runner, Shyness Machine Girl, Ghost in the Shell, Catwoman, Heavy Metal 2000
Tagline  It's Payback Time!

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The Machine Girl (片腕マシンガール, Kataude Mashin Gāru) is a 2008 Japanese action shock/gore film written and directed by Noboru Iguchi with special effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura (who went on to direct Tokyo Gore Police). 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.


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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 out shelter from Takeshi's parents, Suguru and Miki Sugihara, two kindly garage mechanics who fit her with a multi-barrelled machine gun prosthetic. Ami and Miki (who uses a chainsaw) go after the clan, massacring them one by one. Their victims' families, meanwhile, band together to get revenge of their own.

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Eventually, they reach the yakuza's hiding place. As the fight continues, Miki loses her right foot and eventually dies. Ami loses her machine gun during her fight with Sho's father Ryūgi Kimura, but gets Miki's 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. However, 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, however, Ami hears noise behind her and turns, sword at the ready.


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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.


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

    The English dubbed version was dubbed at NYAV Post in the United States, with several well known anime voice actors such as Jason Griffith and Dan Green.

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


    The film's 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.


    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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