Mutant Girls Squad (2010) (DVD Review)

Mutant Girls Squad (2010)
Director:  Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tak Sakaguchi
Where to get it: Well Go USA

Rin is a seemingly normal Japanese high school girl, but on her 16th birthday, everything in her life changes when government special forces break into her home. After witnessing her mother’s face blown into bits and her father’s severed head falling into her birthday cake, Rin’s dormant mutant abilities are awakened: her arm transforms into a sharp, knife-encrusted claw, and a moment later, she finds herself standing in a pool of blood, surrounded by dead soldiers!  Fleeing and fighting her way though her hometown, she encounters a group of girls who were also born as mutants, and call themselves the Hiruko. A breed of mutants who have existed long before the so-called “Japanese” invaded their homeland and began to persecute them, the girls have different special abilities: one can transform her arms into swords, one can grow tentacles from her fingertips, and one can grow a chainsaw out of her body. The team hone their skills under their demented and powerful leader, Kisaragi, for one purpose: to take revenge on the Japanese who have been persecuting their breed for ages, and to take over Japan and transform it into a land for mutants only!  The revenge of the mutant girls will soon begin!

I usually hate CGI, but I love films like this! Here we have a wild and crazy Japanese splatter film in the same tone as Tokyo Gore Police, Hell Driver, and countless others. What that means is you get balls to the wall gore! Sure we have a plot as well, but the weirder and crazier the gore gets the better in these films. And if that is what we compare this one by, this one doesn’t disappoint at all. I guess one way to look at it is like it’s a more blood filled and adult version of the X-Men. The plot is crazy, the characters are crazy, but I did enjoy this every single step of the way while watching it. I wouldn’t put it above Hell Driver, but I do think it ranks up there with some of the rest in overall quality.

You might not think good acting is needed with something like this, but it is. And in that we do get people on top of their weird A-game. I say weird because you got to play a very weird character to pull off what this film requires. It’s a simple story, but it serves its purpose for people watching. And of course with something like this you don’t need Dark Knight level plot development because all the audience wants to see is blood fly and heads and body parts fly off. So if you are into that (and I am very into that) you’ll love this. I really would hope you’d know better than to even try to watch it if you aren’t into that sort of thing.

(7.5/10)

Features
–    Opening Day
–    Interviews
–    Spinoff short “Yoshie Zero”
–    More trailers