Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Toothy Mouth Genitalia: MUTANT GIRL SQUAD

Director(s): Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tak Sakaguchi

Cast: Yumi Sugimoto, Yuko Takayama, Suzuka Morita, Naoto Takenaka

Well Go USA / Region A / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen / JAPANESE: Dolby Digital Stereo and JAPANESE: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / ENGLISH subtitles / 90 minutes

Extras: Opening Day / Interviews / Making Of / Spinoff Short "Yoshi Zero" / More Sushi Trailers


Following the blueprints laid out by Marvel's merry band of mutants, writers Noboru Iguchi (story who also co-directors) and Jun Tsugita (screenplay) created a Japanese splatter version of The X-Men. Between the two scribes, they have titles like The Machine Girl, RoboGeisha and Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead under their belts. Iguchi even wrote some hardcore pink films like Hard Porno and Bondage Desire. Taking into consideration fellow co-directors and actors Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) and Tak Sakaguchi (Versus and Battlefield Baseball), you pretty know what to expect here, right? Well, if you don't, hold on to your hats because here we go...

Pretty yet geeky little schoolgirl Rin is the kind of girl who gets bullied at school because she's different. But it's not until her 16th birthday that she knows just how different she is. On her birthday she begins to see changes in her body, but not the kind associated with puberty, more like the kind associated with growing a Freddy Krueger/Witchblade glove on your hand. But just like every other freak out there, there are others like her, well... kinda. After slaughtering a few dozen people who hate her for being different, Rin meets the HILCO ("Hiruko" in Japanese meaning "leech child"), a group of teen girls with varying degrees of mutation like an asshole chainsaw, tit swords and a girl who carries around the head of her twin brother. HILCO is a mutant rights organization headed by a cross-dressing transvestite Samurai in Kabuki make-up and a supernatural creature who needs blood to be awakened. After finding out that HILCO is turning from a mutant rights to an anti-human terrorist group, Rin begins fighting back and recruits some of her fellow sisters along the way.

There isn't much more to say, what follows is gore, blood geysers and comic-style mayhem that has to be seen to be believed. Toothy mouth genitalia, acidic breast milk, and a Cannibal Ferox-style sword impalement that would make Umberto Lenzi proud. Mutant Girls Squad is an absurd splatter comedy loaded with non-stop action and surprises. My favorite ridiculous quote is from a government secret weapon who just got the top of his head sheared off, "I'm rapidly losing my memory!" as his brain literally unwinds like a garden hose. There are so many great moments like that, it makes the movie seem like it's about 30 minutes long when it's three times that long. The fact that 90% of the lead characters are hot teen schoolgirls who kick ass may have something to do with that too.

This is a movie from the now defunct Sushi Typhoon imprint of Well Go and Nikkatsu. The movie is obviously great but the audio/video was also top-notch. This being a new movie, the effort to make the Blu-ray look and sound great isn't terribly hard but it does take time and money which WellGo obviously spent. The visuals in Mutant Girls Squad are vivid and striking, not just the rivers of blood, but the stylized action and costumes really pop. There are also some great extras you should definitely check out, especially the spin-off of MGS, a short entitled "Yoshi Zero" starring the incredibly cute Susuka Morita, the tentacle-armed nurse from Mutant Girls Squad. This is the kind of fun, cool bad-assery I have come to expect from the Japanese filmmakers and I wasn't disappointed.

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