To prepare for my review of RoboGeisha, I wanted to familiarize myself with the director/writer Noboru Iguchi, so I watched The Machine Girl first. With that movie under my belt, I felt a little more prepared to watch RoboGeisha.
But only a little.
RoboGeisha advertises itself as "An orgy of WTF" and this is probably the most accurate statement I've ever read. Just when you think this movie can't get any stranger, it takes the weirdness factor and turns it up to 38 (11? We're WAYYY past turning up to 11 here). If you're familiar with movies by Troma Entertainment, you'll feel right at home with this one.
One of the common themes in both The Machine Girl and RoboGeisha are their ultraviolent opening sequences. Before we hit the 10 minute mark we see a mechanized geisha girl, two goblins attacking their intended targets with swords, goblin brassieres, and a weapon I can only describe as "Butt Shurikens". I'm sure there's a better term, but I couldn't find one in my thesaurus.
This is the story of two sisters, Yoshie and Kikuyakko, who are recruited by the Kageno Steel Manufacturing company. Yoshie is the shy younger sister who constantly gets abused by Kikuyakko.
Once recruited, the sisters start to rise up the ranks of the organization and they earn the right to have their bodies rebuilt. Kikuyakko outfits her body with saw blades and a gatling gun in her chest, whereas Yoshie gets armpit blades, wig napalm and...okay, this sounds a little more insane than I originally intended.
The sisters are transformed into warriors fighting to transform corrupt Japan into the ideal society, by attacking the weak point of rival politicians and power holders...sensuality!
Before this movie is over, I promise you will see shrimp blindness, a Geisha/Tank hybrid, Hell's Breast Milk, a Mecha-Corporation, bleeding buildings, and the deadliest weapon of all: The AssSword!
RoboGeisha is presented with English and Japanese audio tracks. There are 2 options for captioning in English, but the 2nd option didn't appear to show any subtitles.
(1) Two mini-episodes of GeishaCop, based on the events of the RoboGeisha feature film. I'd recommend watching these AFTER the movie. Clocks in at just under 17 minutes.
(2) The RoboGeisha Trailer, two minutes long.
(3) 8 trailers for other films
This is a very niche genre of film and I have to admit, I liked The Machine Girl better than RoboGeisha.
The Machine Girl was a story of revenge in a Kill Bill / Planet Terror style. The plot was fairly straightforward, the action sequences were over the top, and the weaponry was hilarious.
RoboGeisha's plot was all over the place. One minute Yoshie was trying to save her sister, then she wanted to kill her, and she flipped sides several times during the movie. It's possible that Noboru Iguchi was trying to express the love/hate relationship that sisters have, but it got very annoying.
The Machine Girl had buckets upon buckets of blood being sprayed all over the place. RoboGeisha, while having more ridiculous weaponry, didn't have as much of the blood and gore, though we did get to see vomiting robots...
Lastly, the translation of The Machine Girl from Japanese to English was far, FAR superior to RoboGeisha's translation.
At one point in RoboGeisha, a victim of the "Butt Shurikens" to the face gave us this dying speech: "That's something like this is just...In a sense, it's really unfair"
I think a simple "Best...death...EVER..." would have been far more funny. But maybe that's just me.
RoboGeisha is a funny movie to laugh at with its over the top weapons and hammy dialogue, but I would recommend The Machine Girl over RoboGeisha.