Mutant Girls Squad Blu-ray Review
Directed by Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, and Tak Sakaguchi
Written by Noboru Iguchi and Jun Tsugita
2010, Region A, 89 minutes, Not Rated
Blu-ray released on May 22nd, 2012
Tak Sakaguchi as Kisaragi
Asami as Eyepatched Assassin
Yumi Sugimoto as Rin
Suzuka Morita as Yoshie
Mutant Girls Squad is ridiculous. And I mean that as a compliment. I am fairly convinced that I wrote this exact script back when I was in seventh grade and will be looking into some form of legal recourse as soon as I’m done writing this review. It’s the tale of a young girl named Rin, who quickly realizes that puberty comes with a greater price tag than just tampons and a larger cup size. Forget acne and body odor, try waking up with a hand that looks like it was used to stir a vat of battery acid with razor sharp claws emanating from the finger tips. Once the authorities become aware of her newly developed abilities, an elite force of mutant hunters are dispatched to her home, where they end up killing her parents. This act further unleashes Rin’s inner monster, sending her down the road of revenge and retribution.
Mutant Girls Squad is presented as three distinct chapters, each directed by a different individual. The first part helmed by actor/director Tak Sakaguchi manages to elevate from the usually slow-paced, mundane and obligatory aspects of an “origin story” by means of unrelenting action sequences. Chapter two, in the hands of Noboru Iguchi, pushes the boundaries of questionable taste until it busts at the seams. Mind you, this is not a criticism by any means. In addition to a bevy of attractive Japanese girls in catholic school and nurse uniforms, the audience becomes privy to chainsaws jetting out from assholes, katana blades springing forth from nipples (take THAT Wolverine!), and sodomy by way of mutant tentacles. Finally, director Yoshihiro Nishimura embraces his latent attention deficit disorder by wrapping up the last chapter at a frenetic pace while offering an ever increasing level of violence. Of course an ocean of bloody geysers, numerous beheadings, and a boatload of amputated limbs act as the glue that binds the three chapters together.
The uber-violent, hyper-sexual, and oft exploitative Mutant Girls Squad is a fun romp through the minds of three of Japan’s most eclectic filmmakers. It’s a bit of a miracle that the conglomeration of directorial styles form a (mostly) cohesive product that entertains more than you’d be willing to admit. Stow away the pretense, grab a beer, and watch some Japanese hotties fight each other with sword titties and ass saws while reclaiming your long lost man card.
Video and Audio:
Having been shot on a high-def digital camera, the overall appearance of Mutant Girls Squad is clean and crisp while also being remarkably sterile and hollow. Shooting in HD digital cannot help but accentuate how laughably cheesy the third rate CGI is. Save for the bass, the DTS-HD audio track is rather lackluster. There is a real missed opportunity to make the surrounds sparkle in a movie such as this.
The extras are pretty decent, including a half-hour making-of featurette, a Q&A session recorded on opening day of the movie premiere,and six different interviews with each of the three directors and three primary stars of the film. Best of all, included is a 17 minute short film Yoshi Zero, which provides a bit of backstory on two of the side characters from the film.
*Note: The screenshots on this page are not a reflection of the Blu-ray image. They were captured using the standard DVD.*