Here’s the second to the last post rescued from my original incarnation of Girls, Guns & Zombies …
Go Ohara‘s Gothic & Lolita Psycho (ゴスロリ処刑人) (2010), retitled Psycho Gothic Lolita by DVD distributors Tokyo Shock, is an outrageously over-the-top revenge flick that only the Japanese can get away with, and it’s a whole lot of fun. Modern Japanese genre cinema is no longer dominated by giant robots and monsters, but, instead, by manga-styled action and outrageous gore. The leaders of this revolution are Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura and the film production company Sushi Typhoon. These mad geniuses make low-budget Japanese genre films geared toward Western audiences which means you are guaranteed to see ninja, geisha, katana, shuriken, sushi, some karaoke, lots of arterial-spraying, and plenty of cute Japanese girls in school uniforms!
Noboru Iguchi’s awesome films include my favorite The Machine Girl (2008), RoboGeisha (2009), Karate-Robo Zaborger (2011), Zombie Ass (2011), Dead Sushi (2012), and others; while Yoshihiro Nishimura’s cool movies include Tokyo Gore Police (2008), my favorite Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009), Helldriver (2010), and others. Iguchi and Nishimura also teamed up with actor/director Tak Sakaguchi for Sushi Typhoon‘s joint effort Mutant Girls Squad (2010). But, Sushi Typhoon has also released other cool films like Seiji Chiba’s Alien vs. Ninja (2010), Yudai Yamaguchi’s Deadball (2011) and Sakaguchi and Yamaguchi’s Yakuza Weapon (2011). All of these films are worth watching if you like this kind of stuff, and I do!
Go Ohara’s Gothic & Lolita Psycho, with makeup/gore effects courtesy of Yoshihiro Nishimura, is one of those movies. Go Ohara also directed the awesomely entertaining Geisha Assassin (2008), and was the Action Director on Yohei Fukuda’s even more awesomely entertaining Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (2008), which was based on the Tamsoft video game and is way better than it has a right to be!
Anyway, Gothic & Lolita Psycho is a revenge flick kind of like Kill Bill, in Japan. Wait! Kill Bill Volume 1 was set, mostly, in Japan, right? Whatever. This movie is basically just five stylishly over-the-top action sequences (executions) tied together with minimal plot and character development. Yuki (Rina Akiyama, who was voted “Best Butt in Japan” in 2007) was once an innocent young girl with loving parents until, one day, five hooded intruders murdered her mother and crippled her father. Now, Yuki is a “demon of vengeance” dressed in Gothic Lolita fashion seeking out those responsible to exact her revenge. First of all, if you don’t know, Lolita fashion is “a fashion subculture originating in Japan that is based on Victorian-era clothing,” while Gothic Lolita, a fashion sub-subculture, is “characterized by darker make-up and clothing.” Basically, Gothic Lolita, whose followers typically embrace darker visual kei rock bands, is Japanese Goth.
And, so Yuki’s vengeance begins …
Yuki, armed with only her parasol, enters The Tokyo Gothic, a perverse gambling den run by Sakie (Minami Tsukui), a sexy kimono-clad yakuza girl. First, Yuki fights Sakie’s hentchman in a Kill Bill-inspired sequence that is missing only all-female Japanese garage rockers The 5-6-7-8’s performing “Woo Hoo”. Soon, Yuki takes on Sakie eventually impaling her with the parasol. “I hand down the verdict in the name of God,” Yuki tells Sakie, which she will tell each of her other targets. Then, Yuki opens the parasol which rips Sakie into bloody pieces with sharp blades. “Thou art not guilty,” Yuki adds. Thou art not guilty? Actress Minami Tsukui, by the way, played the title character in Ohara’s Geisha Vengeance (aka Geisha vs Ninjas).
Yuki’s second target is a perverted high school teacher (Masahito Okamoto) with, it seems, negligible telekinetic abilities which he uses to flip up students’ skirts. In order to exert his powers, he must be seated, cross-legged. Yuki, with parasol, fights Yuri sitting, cross-legged, on a seat cushion in the school’s gym, with a mop. Eventually, Yuki defeats Yuri, cutting his throat, with her parasol, as blood showers the court.
Yuki rescues a meek salary man (Satoshi Hakuzen) from an acrobatic street gang who call themselves Kamikaze. But, the salary man is actually Yuki’s third target. He begs for his life since he was hired only to break into Yuki’s house, but Yuki feels no compassion, and uses her parasol to grind him into a bloody pulp.
Lady Elle (Misaki Momose), an eye patch wearing, whiny school girl assassin who is, in effect, a live-action anime character, seeks out Yuki, having caught on to her vengeful plan. Lady Elle brandishes two 9-millimeters with knives attached to the barrels and a cell phone inside the handle of one of them. She fires at Yuki, incessantly, in every direction, with an endless supply of bullets, as Yuki counters with her parasol which is also a semi-automatic rifle, and a John Woo-inspired gun battle ensues. At one point, during a Mexican standoff (a John Woo trademark), Lady Elle answers her cell phone, talking to her boyfriend as she continues the fight with Yuki! This entire lengthy scene is worth the price of admission alone! If you do nothing else, start this movie at the 51:38 mark and enjoy this awesome coolness! Eventually, of course, Yuki defeats Lady Elle. She breaks her neck, but that doesn’t even stop her, so Yuki, with her rapid-firing tricked-out parasol, strips the flesh away from Lady Elle’s face, down to the skull (a Yoshihiro Nishimura trademark)! Actress and gravure idol Misaki Momose is particularly awesome as Lady Elle. A “gravure model”, by the way, is like a pin-up girl who typically poses in bikinis and lingerie.
Masato (Ruito Aoyagi), the “vicious gentleman,” Yuki’s final target, anticipates Yuki’s arrival by abducting her father and locking him in a guillotine. Now, Yuki must hold the rope to keep the blade from falling as she fights Masato whose intention is to force Yuki to see her true self. And, when the blade drops, killing her father, she does, in fact, show her true self. Yuki is a demon, but not a figurative “demon of vengeance,” a horned demon from Hell! And, Masato is a demon slayer. He slayed Yuki’s demon mother, and, now, he must slay demon Yuki. But, of course, Yuki prevails and, in the end, she returns to The Tokyo Gothic to slay more demon slayers. Yeah, it doesn’t make much sense, but Gothic & Lolita Psycho is a Hell of a lot of fun to watch!
Gothic & Lolita Psycho (2010). Starring Rina Akiyama, Ruito Aoyagi, Minami Tsukui, Misaki Momose, Yurei Yanagi, Masahito Okamoto, Satoshi Hakuzen and Asami Sugiura. Directed by Go Ohara. 87 Minutes.