Rocky and I finally had our monthly movie day yesterday which has been postponed over and over for the past months. Movies on our "movie day" are not your typical movies though, they include "cool" Chinese, Korean and Japanese movies. Mostly, we've watched Stephen Chow films and boy they really have made a big hole in our pockets. We buy movies even though reviews of them are mediocre. Anyway, they're all worth it. Yesterday, our import DVD, OneChanbara / Chanbara Beauty, arrived. At first, I didn't recognized the title. I'm really not familiar with the Onee Chanbara series so when Rocky told me his import DVD arrived, I didn't give a sh!t. He was insisting that we've argued a few years ago about this PlayStation 2 game on whether to order it online or not. I still cannot recall until I saw the opening sequence of this movie complete with in-game footage. Ohh my! Flashback!
Based on the popular PS2 game series, OneChanbara brings the adventures of sexy slayer Aya to the big screen in all its katakana-wielding, zombie-slicing glory. Written and directed by Fukada Yohei, OneChanbara stars three pin-up idols in the leading action heroine roles. Up-and-coming siren Otoguro Eri (Shutter, Shaolin Girl) cuts fine form as the feisty heroine Aya, slashing her way through the movie in the character's signature cowgirl attire - cowboy hat, cowboy boots, long scarf, and a bikini. To defend her city, she has to take on a quickly multiplying army of zombies that was raised from the dead by a mysterious scientist.
Aya is joined in the fight by biker chick Reiko (Hashimoto Manami) who is out to avenge her father's death and Aya's half-sister Saki (Nakamura Chise, Swing Girls) who suddenly shows up in a schoolgirl uniform with a saber of her own.
The special effects aren't that good, same as the story. But Eri Otoguro plays the role of Aya very well... umm... maybe, she just wears Aya's costume very well.. umm... Manami Hashimoto also looks good as the gun wielding Reiko.
Bad movie, but a must watch for movie weirdo's like me and Rocky... :~)