“I dumped mercy away a million years ago”
It may be time for me to book a short break in a room that has rubber wallpaper & one of those nice jackets that does up at the back! Tonight I decided to open a bottle of wine, relax & watch a movie. Nothing unusual in this, except the movie was Japanese, with no English subtitles & I don’t speak Japanese. The obvious question would be, why did I watch it? It’s a movie I had wanted to see for a while & I didn’t realise there were no subtitles when I got it. Plotwise this movie isn’t difficult to follow, even considering I didn’t have a scooby what any of the dialogue was. So as a change of pace, what follows is half a review, if & when I see a subtitled version I will update this.
Simply put, this movie is a Japanese version of Kill Bill in most respects. Yuki (Rina Akiyama) is celebrating her birthday with her parents at home when they are attacked by five black-robed assassins. Yuki’s mother is crucified against the wall & killed, her father is badly injured & left in a wheelchair. This is told in flashback as Yuki seeks vengeance on the five who killed her mother.
Gothic Lolita Psycho is a stylised action movie that movies at breakneck pace. There are, fortunately very few scenes of dialogue. Straight from the off there is a huge fight scene as Yuki takes down the first of her five targets. The fight sequences themselves are wonderfully choreographed & filmed. These scenes really fizz with energy as Yuki takes on multiple assailants simultaneously. Another plus for the movie is the SFX, handled by the team that did the SFX on Machine Girl, Tokyo Gore Police & Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstien Girl, the blood literally flows in rivers. Decapitation, dismemberment, disembowling & endless arterial sprays, all are handled with an over the top sense of morbid theatre.
The comparisons to Kill Bill are far too numerous not to mention. The woman seeking revenge against a group of assassins that have wronged her. The back story massacre told in flashbacks. The distinctive look of the heroine… & then there is Ellie Driver. In Gothic Lolita Psycho there is a character that dresses as a schoolgirl (GoGo Yubari inspired?) & has an eyepatch (Ellie?) The battle between her & Yuki lasts a good 15 minutes & is quite bizarre. The assassin has a mobile phone built into the handle of one of her guns & spends half of the fight on the phone! It must also be said that Yuki dressed in the height of Gothic Lolita couture, brandishing a lethal umbrella (yes I said umbrella) makes one hell of a cool heroine.
I can’t recommend this until I have seen it with subtitles but I do suggest you check out the trailer. Despite the obvious drawbacks I actually enjoyed this movie, now for those damned subs!