Ok, every now and then we see a movie so outrageously silly, so sleazy, full of exploitive scenes and so trashy that you wonder as to why you would waste your time watching it. I saw “The Girls REBEL FORCE of Competitive Swimmers” (aka. Joshikyoei hanrangun, Attack Girls’ Swim Team vs. The Undead) earlier this year, and honestly, I feel so guilty that I managed to sit through the film. Well, I have a weakness for zombies and I have to prove that I am no snob. Hey, The film does feature hot Japanese girls in swimsuits and they’re often seen in their birthday suits.
Aki (Sasa Handa) is a student with a troubled past. She was kept prisoner and abused by an enigmatic professor and trained to be an assassin. She had just transferred to a school at the worst possible time. There’s a mysterious virus in the school and students and teachers are being rounded up to receive a vaccine to counter the virus. However, the very same vaccine supposed to protect them from infection is actually a drug that turns everyone to flesh-eating zombies. Luckily, Aki skipped on the vaccine, and the swim team is immune to the virus because of the chemicals present in the school’s swimming pool--chlorine. Aki finds out that the man responsible for the injections is the same man who sexually abused and kept her prisoner.
I was expecting a film much like “Wild Zero”, “Sars Wars: Bangkok Zombie Crisis”, and “Meatball Machine” when I put the DVD in the player. The film is pretty bad, but I have to admit I couldn’t help snickering and giggling while I was watching it. The film is somewhat entertaining in a “guilty” type of way (or maybe I have bad taste?). The film really seemed like director Koji Kawano and the rest of the film crew were writing the film as they went along and drinking a lot of sake while shooting it. The fight scenes are laughable, the “special effects” are a far cry from being “special”, the plot is so silly and it is so dumb that the script doesn’t make sense at all.
So why the heck did I waste my time watching it??
The film does find some originality when it comes to sheer ‘campiness‘. A swim team that takes on zombies sure is original. The girls aren’t as hot as those in “OneChanbara” but they are quite sexy in their own way. It’s a wonder that they had to change to swimsuits before they go into battle. There’s an abundance of female nudity and softcore sex scenes, and there’s even girl-on-girl action. There is blood and gore when a teacher uses a ruler to chop off limbs and heads. There is a zombie lunch buffet. I will tell you the film’s most outrageous scene: a laser beam is shot from the lead actress’s crotch area!! The actresses knew what exactly they signed up for in this film--count on the Japanese to make a film that counts on pure exploitation, panty shots, sex scenes and a lot of female nudity to put audiences in the seats.
The film does not make any bit of sense and to be honest, I feel quite hypocritical if I said I didn’t enjoy trashy films--but I really don’t. But how come I know this film is indeed bad but never for a moment did I feel bored in its entirety? The film’s sex scenes are unarrousing but I have a hard time telling the difference between erotic and dull--because the film doesn‘t make any sense. The rape scene feels forced and the acting is really bad. I have to say that the low-budget blood and gore is appealing. Plus, nothing is as outrageous as a “crotch laser beam“. “Attack Girls‘ Swim Team vs. the Undead“ is DEFINITELY NOT for everyone. If any of my descriptions sound appealing to you, then go ahead and give the movie a spin--just don’t say I didn’t warn you. The film is a hoot!
Rent it! But recommended to fans of Japanese trashy exploitation and wacky films [2 Out of 5 Stars]
Can someone tell me why I bought this?? Originally posted in amazon.com
I am not sure what to make out of this. Too silly to be taken as exploitation and yet too exploitive to be taken as a comedy. Nice to see J-stars kicking butt in swimsuits and fighting zombies, but the story has to be a little more coherent to be enjoyed....then again, maybe it wasn't supposed to make sense? 2 out of 5 Stars