Reader review by “Cletus.”
DIRECTOR: Noboru Iguchi
FEATURING: Takumi Saito, Aya Kiguchi
PLOT: Two sisters compete with each other for dominance in a secret society of geisha assassins, which is led by the evil head of a steel manufacturing corporation.
WHY IT SHOULD MAKE THE LIST: Let’s start with the purposefully terrible dialogue. Move on to Tangu twins wearing phallic masks and matching bras. Maybe the absolutely ridiculous weapon placements including armpit swords, breast lasers, and stomach bombs. The guy with the stomach bomb has cocktail shrimp stuck in his eyes by the way. Oh yes: all this and much, much more.
COMMENTS: This movie must have been at least as fun to make as it is to watch. The first couple times I saw it I was alternating between jaw-dropping awe and side-splitting laughter. The insane and chaotic visual effects are so delightfully unpredictable and so relentless that around half an hour in you simply give in and enjoy the ride. It is purposefully bad in a rare way, and on multiple viewings it just seems to get better and better.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY:
“…what you might see if you were to watch Power Rangers whilst taking a hit of acid every five minutes.”–Dave Robson, Sound on Sight (festival screening)
3 thoughts on “READER RECOMMENDATION: ROBOGEISHA (2009)”
This was playing on repeat on the TVs at a hipster bar I was at in downtown San Diego once. It was pretty entrancing, even without sound.
I’ve seen this film twice and each time it’s amazing. Right from the start its very zany and never lets up!
LOVE this movie – the English dubbed dialogue is hilarious!