Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Yoshie, the younger and ill-treated sister of a renowned Geisha, is discovered to have natural strength and fighting ability. She's recruited into an army of Geisha assassins by the rich and powerful owner of a steel-works, Kageno. During training large (and interesting) parts of their bodies are altered into weaponry directly linked to their brains. Yoshie soon realizes that Kagenos real plan is to have his robotic castle throw a new and very powerful nuclear bomb into the centre of Fuji-san, effectively destroying Japan entirely. With the help of other 'Kageno defectors', she sets out to stop him and his Tengu warriors.
Is it good movie?
Weird, weird, weird. Every so often I'm thrown a piece of asian cinema that truly boggles my brain and leaves me scratching my head. Sometimes they're dark, twisted and perverted. Sometimes they're light, happy, twisted and perverted. Robo Geisha falls into the latter category and is truly bizarre.
Robo Geisha has machine gun knockers, a buttonhole full of ninja stars and hair that somehow fires napalm (!). Coming from the creators of The Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police, this somehow seems par for the course.
This film seems to enjoy being completely absurd and off the wall and it doesn't pull any punches. It never, ever fails to leave you scratching your head or laughing your ass off. Hell, the cover even promotes the film as being an 'orgy of wtf', and that's a great way to describe it.
I always enjoy trying to describe the plot of these movies, as they're super thin and make me laugh. A geisha is performing for a politician who finds out he's going to die in three minutes if he doesn't quit. Of course, the geisha then creates two sidekicks and then turns into a killer robot spouting a saw blade where her mouth used to be. Yeah, this is all really happening. And that's just the prologue!
The rest of the film plays out like an origin story that is a bit of a crazy Asian twist on Cinderella, if you want to be super loose about it. There's a lot of robots, penis shaped noses, evil business men and big stupid looking people in monster suits.
This is a completely baffling film that is pure entertainment from start to finish. Some of the effects looks cheap and the plot is all over the place but the movie can be mildly coherent at times, despite being steeped in some serious insanity.
Video / Audio
The film is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and looks okay. This isn't a big budget film to begin with, so it's more or less just passable.
Audio is presented in Japanese 2.0 and English Dolby 5.1. I never listen to English dubbing, but this track is quite humorous and every bit as bad as you expect.
The main meat here is Geishacop: Fearsome Geisha Corps – Go to Hell. It's every bit as bizarre and original as the film that precedes it and is 15 minutes of violent, mindless insanity.
The only other thing you get are trailers for this film and a few others.
You're either going to love Robo Geisha or hate it. I was entertained by it and it reminded me of a Power Rangers episode with a lot of sex references. It runs a bit long and the effects are weak but believe it or not, there's some talented actors and the movie never takes itself seriously for a minute. I'd have to say that this is a fun flick!