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Oct 30

Battle Girl: The Living Dead in Tokyo Bay

battlegirelGenre: Action/Horror
Year: 1991
Country: Japan

aka: Battle Girl: Tokyo Crisis War, Living Dead in Tokyo Bay, Battle Girl
original title: Batoru gâru: Tokyo crisis wars

Director: Kazuo Komizu
Starring: Cutey Suzuki, Toshiya Ito, Kenji Otsuki, Katsuhiro Fukuda, Shinobu Kandori

 

Assault on Precinct 13 meets Manga splashed with Troma?

A meteor hits Tokyo Bay and the gas from the meteor mixed with the nitrogen in the air creates a cosmo-amphetamine that spreads throughout the city and turns most humans into bloodthirsty zombies. It’s up to Battle Girl K-Ko to save the day!

Not only does she have to fight the brain thirsty zombies, she also has to fight against the maniac General Hugioka who wants to keep everything locked up so that the outside world doesn’t find out what has happened here since it would bring shame to the country. He’s so screwed up he actually has dedicated “Human Hunters” to hunt down the remaining living.

This is not a plot driven movie. Nor character driven. It goes from scene to scene and I’m unsure of what the purpose of the movie is. Director Komizu has experience making macabre movies before with the Guts of a Virgin series, so it’s surprising that he left a zombie movie so bloodless like he did here. And he didn’t even do any nudity! Our Battle Girl gets a cool suit and everything but we don’t really see what it can do or get to know our K-Ko hero. K-Ko is played by Cutey Suzuki who apparently was a wrestler in Japan at the time. I guess that shows in some of the fighting scenes and makes the stunt cost a bit cheaper.

It’s amazing that a movie, or better yet a zombie movie, that is only 74 minutes long can be this mundane. There’s a lot of things that are silly (the characters, the look of the zombies, the evil general) in the movie, yet they managed to make it as fun as watching fungus grow. I don’t know if there is any potential hidden somewhere in Battle Girl, but I sure didn’t find it.

The visuals aren’t that bad and I have to wonder how far the end product was from the original vision that the filmmakers had. Maybe there is some message in it somewhere that is hard for Europeans (or maybe just me) to decipher or maybe Komizu was on some strong stuff while making this thing.

It’s weird, strange and japanese. But it sure isn’t worth watching.

 

 ★½☆☆☆ 

 

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