May 19, 2012

Bloody Filthy Review - Mutant Girls Squad

Mutant Girls Squad (2010)

Review by Jude Felton

Mutant Girls Squad is the third Sushi Typhoon release to hit the streets courtesy of Well Go USA, with the previous two being Helldriver and Yakuza Weapon. That alone should give you a rough idea of what to expect from this movie, as if the title alone doesn’t. Out of the previous releases I personally enjoyed both, although I had far more fun with Yakuza Weapon; Helldriver at times, ok most of the time, was just a continual assault on the viewer. I had high hopes for Mutant Girls Squad and fortunately it did not let me down.

Originally released in Japan in 2010 it has taken its good sweet time crossing over to this side of the Atlantic, for distribution company reasons and nothing more, but as usual Well Go have packaged it all up quite nicely in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with loads of extras.

On to the movie itself then, and what a wonderfully messed up tale it is too. It starts off with geysers of claret and a head split down the middle, and doesn’t really let up from there. There is a plot though, and it is a beauty. Rin is a schoolgirl who spends most of her time on the receiving end of the school bullies; the kind you just want to give a good slap to. Anyway, Rin discovers that all is not normal about herself and upon returning home one day is given the lowdown from her parents. You see, she’s a mutant and deep within her she has crazy mutant powers, as do her parents, who delight in showing her. The reveal is cut short though when anti-mutant Government forces storm the house, guns-a-blazing and mow down her folks. This of course results in a wonderful fight scene involving her decapitated father. What else would you expect?

Without her parents to guide her, Rin is taken in by some fellow mutants who explain the history of their kind and how they were here long before the Japanese. She also gets taught the ways of the mutant by a freaky cross-dresser sensei type figure. The plan behind this is to rise up and take back Japan by force.

The plot is mental and the action is mental; the film is absolutely saturated with blood spray. You have chainsaws popping out of asses, blades shooting out of breasts and all other manner of mutated goodness, the three directors involved here really let the lunatics out of the asylum with this film. Mind you, that will come as no surprise once you learn who the three are. I should add that the three directors each directed one of the three segments that the film is broken down into. Each of the three is distinctive, yet all three flow together as one madcap film. The directors are Noburu Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura and Tak Sakaguchi and between them they have brought us The Machine Girl, Robogeisha, Tokyo Gore Police, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl and the aforementioned Yakuza Weapon. So, with the pedigree of these movies collectively behind them you know you aren’t going to get a sweeping epic. Instead Mutant Girl Squad is 90 minutes of absolute mayhem, with live action effects as well as some computerized effects, with the overall effect being one of damned good fun.

It is a frenetic film, but as opposed to Helldriver it never feels overly cluttered with its mayhem. Even with three directors involved it flows, as does the blood, very nicely as a whole and never felt disjointed to me. If the Sushi Typhoon movies and the other movies I have mentioned don’t float your boat, there may not be much to change your mind here. That being said I personally think this is their best film yet, so I recommend giving it a chance.

Overall I thought this was bloody entertaining and enjoyed every blood-drenched second of it. It is Well Go USA’s third Sushi Typhoon release and their best so far. I say so far as they have two more planned for release in 2012. Bring them on!!

Mutant Girls Squad is release on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and DVD by Well Go USA on May 22nd.

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