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Meatball Machine - DVD - Japanese Horror

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Confusion abounds in a bath of blood

  • Oct 29, 2008
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You know the makers of the film are not taking themselves very seriously when the movie starts with two silhouetted monsters talking to each other. Meatballs! Tacos! This introduction is in English with Japanese subtitles, but the movie itself is in the Japanese language with English subtitles. The movie then starts with a fight scene between two cyborg creatures, the winner eating the other's strange heart-bulb. The film starts bloody, runs bloody, and ends bloody.

Shy factory worker Yoji (a real weenie) has been watching a girl across the fence, but doesn't have the courage to introduce himself. One night he catches a co-worker trying to rape the girl, Sachiko, in the park. He tries to beat up the co-worker but fails, even though the man leaves Sachiko alone. The two go back to Yoji's apartment where Yoji has one of the strange creatures in a travel bag. He captured it in a pile of garbage after being beat up by a transvestite. As Sachiko confesses her dark secret, the monster comes alive, jumps out of the closet, and rapes Sachiko before turning her into a cyborg creature. Yoji of course does nothing, he's too scared. He runs from Sachiko only to be knocked out and found on the streets by a strange man who lives in a crappy apartment and seems to be the only person in Japan who's aware of the monsters and knows what they're doing. Then he turns Yoji into one of the monsters, but Yoji escapes to look for Sachiko.

That's the plot. Very thin, but of course the movies isn't about the plot. It's about hungry little buggers who like to eat each other and raise havoc. It's about ropy tendrils, split heads, eye gouging, heart bulbs, slime, eyeball drills, gooey skeletons, and a little masturbation, a transvestite, and a prostitute for good measure. We're also treated to a little "monster vision", seeing humans from the creature's eyes. The aliens are funny, looking a little like a twisted beanie-baby with some goo thrown on it. And, of course, it's about blood, blood, blood.

The photography is sketchy, using a lot of scene skipping and "flashes", the film isn't shot in video but it has the feel of video. The dialogue is stilted, and the acting just mediocre, and the FX a little cheesy. But you came here for blood and you'll get plenty of that. I'm not a usual fan of Japanese or Asian horror films, but 'Meatball Machine' is one of the rare ones I liked. With the humor thrown around the film like the blood, and some wild imagination with the cyborg creatures, it manages to raise itself from a typical foreign horror flick to something every type of horror fan can enjoy. Rent first. Enjoy!
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Starring Issei Takahashi, Aoba Kawai, Kenichi Kawasaki, Shoichiro Masumoto
Directed by Yudai Yamaguchi, Jun'Ichi Yamanoto
Writer: Junya Kato
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Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Studio: King Record Co.
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