Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Chanbara Beauty (2008)
Apparently OneeChanbara is a series of video games - mostly for the Playstation - in which the player takes on the role of a scantily-clad woman chopping up zombies. I've never heard of them before, but then I am not a console gamer.
In any case, this is a - very cheap, based on the second rate CGI effects - movie adaptation of the first game, and features ... well, a scantily-clad woman chopping up zombies. Said zombies are the result of poorly defined experiments conducted for poorly defined reasons. I suspect the games aren't real bothered about providing complex backstories to their bikini and blood gameplay, either.
Joining our protagonist - whose name is Ava - are a portly, semi-comedic sidekick, who does most of the talking for her, and a leather-clad biker lady with a shotgun that never runs out of shells (and doesn't act like any shotgun I've ever heard of in pretty much any way). This trio are after the evil Doctor who created the zombie plague. In addition, Ava has a score to settle with the Doc's #1 enforcer: a woman who not only killed her father, but also just so happens to be her sister.
If I were to think hard and try to find something positive to say about this movie, I could probably come up with two items. First: it's pretty much exactly the sort of film you might expect from that image above. So at least there is truth in the advertising. Second, the action sequences - while not generally staged in a way I would describe with words like "good" or "interesting", do feel like something straight out of the sort of hack'n'slash game this is based on.
Still, unless you have an almost endless appetite for cheap-o zombie flicks (guilty!) or are a fan of the original games, there's precious little to recommend here.