Starring :Rina Akiyama , Ruito Aoyagi , Asami
Directed By: Go Ohara
copyright© Pony Canyon / Ohara Bros 2010
GOTHIC & LOLITA PSYCHO
Another review this month of a film by Go Ohara ( Geisha vs Ninjas) ,in his latest foray into directing as well as writing and doing the action direction is this take on the Goth and Lolita scene .
Where as Geisha vs Ninjas was a traditional looking film ,this take the view seen in many new film from Japan ,like Machine Girl or Tokyo Gore Police ,set in a time which could be the present or future the film follows one ''YUKI'' (played by Rina Akiyama) ,her life is one of happiness ,when on her birthday a gang break into her home and savagely kill her mother and cripple her father (who is a man of god).
After the gang leave after they have crucified her mother to the wall and ran her through with a blade leaving her to bleed to death ,Yuki and her father must come to terms with the loss of their loved one.
What better way then to seek out the murderous villains that have destroyed their lives ,but not only that but Yuki who was once this shy Innocent conservative young girl is now transformed into a feisty Gothic Lolita girl hell bent on revenge ( all helped by her priest father who's handy at making cool Umbrellas) .
Go Ohara is really quite good at action and like his previous film this film follows a path of Yuki encountering each of her mother s killers and giving them payback big time. After the initial story is told like Geisha vs Ninjas ,Yuki will in turn come face to face with adversary after adversary ,each getting harder to beat then the last.
Her first opponent is a madam of a gambling den which takes gambling to a new level by having Russian roulette matches and crazy games where you can lose a limb or two.
As Yuki appears in her full Gothic Lolita outfit completed by her unique Parasol with fitted blades. The goons attack ( no not Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan) but the gangs goons ,Yuki takes them all on one after another until she comes face to face with the madam herself .
Confident she will survive our female gang boss soon gets her comeuppance as Yuki unleashes her devastating Umbrella attack ( I said her dad made cool umbrellas) .
Word of warning don't watch this while eating as before Yuki goes in there's this whole scene of this guy eating and smoking at the same time ( the camera has been placed centimeters from his mouth) , this goes on for time I just could not watch it ,i can watch limbs being hacked shredded and whatever else but this guy eating is so bad.
Her next opponent is now a school teacher (and a perverted one at that). He's also oddly alternative in the fight department (think Dhaslim from Streetfighter) .
Another scene also sees Yuki save one of her assailants from a what looks like a Gymnastic dance troupe just so she can kill him herself.
But 'it's her fight with a young Kawaii girl ,who uses her two mobile phones which are shaped like guns (because they are guns) to inflict high damage to Yuki. . This really is a tough one for Yuki as she gets exposed and this puts her crippled father in firing range to.
Her last conflict will see her up against her most ruthless adversary and find out the truth behind her mothers death.
Go Ohara may not win any awards for in-depth story tell in but he sure knows how to entertain with a capitol ''E'' . it's the way he brings together all the intricacies of the Lolita scene and then giving the right attitude to the Kawaii character right down to her answering her phone no matter whatever going on at the time.
By incorporating the Gothic Lolita theme Go Ohara has probably secured a hit on his hands as the Appetite for Anime,Gothic Lolita and all these Manga is at a all time high,and not just in Japan but all around the world .
I was recently at the Hyper Japan show in London and there was no mention of this film ,but it would have gone down well as half the audience where dressed as or into the Manga and Lolita scene .
I really enjoyed this film and it goes to show how even on a budget and without huge amounts of CGI you can make a entertaining film that audiences will come back to.
As with Geisha vs Ninjas the fight scenes are well choreographed and filmed and it's this element that makes the film a pleasure to watch along with the eerie feeling Go Ohara has created within the film .
Score out of Ten = A Psychotic 7
Review Date : 27-07-2011