BLOODY CHAINSAW GIRL
(Chimamire Sukeban Chenso)
Since the late 2000s, Japan has created a genre of ridiculously over-the-top splatter comedies with the likes of Meatball Machine (2005), Attack Girls Swim Team vs. the Undead (2007), Hard Revenge, Milly (2008), Tokyo Gore Police (2008), Samurai Princess (2009), Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (2009), Big Tits Zombie, Gothic & Lolita Psycho (2010), Helldriver (2010), Mutant Girls Squad (2010), Zombie Ass: The Toilet of the Dead (2011) and Dead Sushi (2012), which all seem to centre around wilfully ridiculous gore, surreal action/martial arts moves, biomechanoid transformations and a fetishistic obsession with schoolgirls in panties.
The tone of Bloody Chainsaw Girl is set from the opening scene where Rio Uchida wades into action in schoolgirl uniform and chainsaw, chopping the heads and arms off her cyborg attackers. Her principal opponent in the scene is one girl who shoots bullets from her fingertips and then sits down and spreads her legs to fire missiles from her panty-clad crotch, before having to kneel bent over so that her cheerleader acolytes can reload her from behind. Not to mention assorted decapitated cyborgs heads crawling around like something out of The Thing (1982). Later Rio Uchida must deal with a cross-dressing cyborg ninja in the hallways of the school, which she fights off with her chainsaw attachments that include guns and slider arms that send the blade across the room like something out of a Warner Brothers cartoon. The climactic scene involves Rio Uchida taking on Mari Yamachi who wields a chainsaw that looks like it was designed by H.R. Giger and writhes with the souls of her victims.
The film has been made on a low-budget and seems to only take place around a disused school. This becomes a wholly surreal environment where it seems natural for Rio Uchida to wear a schoolgirl uniform while wielding a chainsaw or the teacher to hide in a barricaded-up office and fearfully throw Rios test out through the transom above the door. It seems equally natural for Mari Yamachi to respond to schoolyard humiliations fellow pupils having destroyed her uniform and forced her to go to class in her swimsuit by becoming a super-villain, replete with a secret lair beneath the school where she transforms those who humiliated her into mutant cyborgs.
It is really quite a funny film in that it is also wittily deflates the expectations of the genre. At one point, the cross-dressing cyborg ninjas dying regret is that with her dead, the ninja club will no longer have the three members it needs to be registered by the student council. The funniest scene comes at the climax throughout Rio Uchida keeps saying she doesnt want to fight Mari Yamachi because she doesnt hate her and we finally find the reason that Mari wants to kill Rio is because Rio was the only person who was nice to her and this upsets her belief that everyone hates her and therefore her reasons for wanting to take revenge against the whole school.
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