Friday, February 19, 2010
Oneechanbara: The Movie
The movie adaptation of the hit Onechanbara video game series! In the year 20XX, scientifically created zombies roam the world in record numbers. Despite this, Aya is determined to track down her father's killer, a person who was once close to her. With sword in hand and wearing nothing but her trademark bikini and cowboy hat, she sets off to settle the score. Aya is joined on her path to vengeance by the chubby Katsuji and the gun-toting Reika. Together, they hack, slash, and shoot their way through a sea of the undead to reach the final showdown with a mad scientist and the destined duel with Aya's own sister.
This 2008 movie was mildly entertaining. What was interesting was how Aya and her sister had some sort of matrix-like superpowers but these powers were never explained. Also unexplained is why Aya battles zombies while wearing a bikini and cowboy hat. Of course I am not complaining. Aya, who destroys zombies with some sort of magical samurai sword, eventually joins up with another zombie battling female armed with a mini shotgun that amazingly never runs out of ammunition. Must be a magical shot gun I guess. Aya's new partner chose to wear a slightly more useful leather outfit. Another humorous aspect is how Aya's skills are truly tested when she has to face a kung fu fighting zombie. I've never seen a zombie with sweet martial arts moves before so it was definitely entertaining. There was a final flaming, crouching tiger/matrix-like fight scene which wasn't too bad. Unfortunately no clothing was inadvertently torn off in the fight however.