Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Oneechanbara: Samurai Bikini Squad (2008)
Dir: Yohri Fukuda (Grotesque)
So staying on the topic of over the top J-horror zombie films in the fashion of the brilliantly bad Big Tits Zombie , I decided to dive into this little gem. Oneechanbara is an film adaptation of a manga turned video game turned movie I suppose due to some serious popularity. Now I had the game for the wii and I have to say as far as video game transitions are concerned this one is pretty true to it's source material unlike other game transitions like House of the Dead and Resident Evil. The film takes place in japan 20xx after the D3 corporation has completed a reanimation serum in order to use the dead as productive members of society in some facet but things go wrong and a zombie breakout occurs. This leads many survivors to hunt the living dead for fun and sport while Aya , her her heavy set male friend Fujitsu and a woman they come across on their travels Reiko seek revenge on the D3 corporation for their own personal reasons we learn about later.
Also the end is a bit predictable but all in all this is not a bad film and it reminded me a bit of Versus another zombie outbreak kung fu hybrid film. I do though think this film would have benefited from some more humor and light heartedness. As I stated before The serious approach to the subject matter kind of dulls this one down and just makes it more of a typical Martial arts film than a J-Horror Zombie film especially with the long drawn out fight sequences. You wont be disappointed if you like Martial arts films or zombie films in general but if you are looking for something like Gore Police or Big Tits Zombie you may wanna skip this one.
Overall score: 5.5 out of 10