Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Oneechanbara: The Movie


Synopsis:
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.

10 comments:

  1. It sounds like it is what it is. lol

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  2. Exactly. Low level, fun entertainment. Even better with a beer or two.

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  3. I saw Dawn of the Dead last night, but I wish I had watched this one instead.

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  4. Yeah, I don't recall any bikinis in Dawn of the Dead.

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  5. This sounds review sounded so hopeful.... that is until you told us there was no loss of clothing! Dang it!

    -You should SAY that your posts include spoilers!!! HAHAHA

    I'll have to check Netflix and tell the wife... "No honey this is another 'boring' black and white samurai movie!!! :)

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  6. Sorry about the spoiler regarding the clothes. I try and not give away too much in my short reviews. I do recommend this film for it's humorous entertainment value.

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  7. john turningpin11:20 PM

    This was based on the original video game, hence the outrageous outfits.

    Have yet to watch the first one, but breezed through the second one which features a new Aya with bigger, erm, assets.

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  8. I knew it came from the video game so the outfits makes sense. I did not know the came out with a second movie. A new and improved Aya eh?

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  9. Also unexplained is why Aya battles zombies while wearing a bikini and cowboy hat. Of course I am not complaining.

    Ha ha ha, I suppose I wouldn't either. :p

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  10. A Japanese movie with a silly plot, scantily clad women and zombie samurai battles? Godzilla would approve.

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