Co-Directed by Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, & Tak Sakaguchi
Written by Noboru Iguchi, & Jun Tsugita
Starring Yumi Sugimoto, Yuko Takayama, Chiharu Kawa
Suzuka Morita, & Naoto Takenaka
Running Time 85 minutes
I'm a big fan of Asian cinema. I grew up on looking forward to Saturday afternoons every week with the hopes that another Godzilla movie would carry me away. They were an experience not just a movie. they gave me a glimpse into a new place with customs and views that were similar and yet so different all at the same time. It was fascinating and started a life long love affair of foreign films especially in the genre of horror. I have been missing my fix of foreign the last few years, so thought it was time to start catching up and there no better place to start than with the Asian category, and few names are better than Yoshihiro Nishimura, so Mutant Girls Squad was an easy choice! If you haven't watched these types of films before be warned they are not always the straight forward of tales, but that is part of what makes them so fantastic!
Mutant Girl Squad is a coming of age story done in a way that you could never expect! Rin is turning 16, and finds out that she is a descendant of the Hiruko, which in layman terms means she finds out she is a mutant hybrid. No sooner does she find out the news then her parents are murdered by an Anti-Hiruko league who raid her home. Rin finds her way to safety but in getting there she takes out a small population of neighbors in some pretty nifty ways. She eventually finds herself with others of her kind and together under the leadership of Kisaragi they begin a spree of revenge on those who want to see the Hiruko race annihilated.
Dont get me mistaken the film is not nearly as neat and tidy as that sounded. It is a crazy ride with a capital C. Its got some fantastically weird over the top effects, with the mutations of the various characters being only the tip of the ice berg. The kills are numerous, blood-soaked and wildly imaginative. There are heads that explode, an ass that hide a chainsaw, a flesh sword that seems to have trouble staying hard,men that shoot bullets from some sort of strange nose gun/helmet set up, and I could go on and on!Heck even if I wanted explain the leader Kisaragi, I dont know that I could come up with words to do him justice! It is action packed, blood splattered non stop fun! This is they type of Asian film that reminds me how much fun they can be, its a gem of a classic that you definitely should check out. There are even some nods to some other great films in the horror genre, see if you catch them and let us know what you thought!