Video Player All Time Top Ten! No. 1: ROBOGEISHA

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[Twitch is undergoing some behind the scenes tire kicking and bolt-tightening over the next few days, work that may slow down the regular flow of new information a little bit. So, while that's going on we'll be presenting a series of retro-reposts, pulling forward the all time top ten videos since we moved to our current video system. This post originally appeared June 30.]

Though he's been brewing his particular brand of madness for a good long while now it wasn't until the arrival of Machine Girl that writer-director Noboru Iguchi really made an impression here in North America. But when he did, it was a big one - his fetishized story of a high school girl whose arm is replaced by a giant machine gun becoming a genuine viral phenomenon as it raced through the web. And how has Iguchi followed up the success of Machine Girl? With robotic geishas. Lots of them.

RoboGeisha is the latest collaboration between Iguchi and special effects man Yoshihiro Nishimura - himself the director of Tokyo Gore Police - and it bears all of the now-classic hallmarks of the duo: outrageous special effects, grotesquely hilarious gore and weapons where weapons just should not go. Machine Girl had the mechanized arm. Iguchi's earlier Sukeban Boy had leg and breast cannons. Nishimura's Tokyo Gore Police has the infamous penis cannon. RoboGeisha? This one boasts what the trailer graciously describes as hip-katanas, though the swords are actually placed considerably lower and more to the rear. Yes, Iguchi's latest has ass-swords and women who aren't afraid to use them. And that's not even mentioning the giant robot-building, the transforming geisha-tank or the fried shrimp rammed into eye sockets.

The trailer for RoboGeisha is a virtual compendium of the bizarre and hilarious world of Iguchi, all of it narrated in bizarrely dry style. We're very proud to have been given the world exclusive of the trailer here at ScreenAnarchy, passed to us directly from production company TO Entertainment, and you can find it below the break!

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Bonus marks to anyone who recognizes the geisha's client in the opening shots ...

limeyninjaJune 30, 2009 2:08 PM

That's amazing.

El DuderinoJune 30, 2009 2:29 PM

Ok, this is getting already boring.

Andrew MackJune 30, 2009 2:52 PM

Yoshi.

SwarezJune 30, 2009 2:53 PM

Fantastic! I need to get a Geisha Chainsaw.

Cinema-SuicideJune 30, 2009 4:03 PM

You know? It seems like every week I see a trailer for a movie out of Japan that qualifies as the craziest god damn thing I've ever seen. They all come from the same filmmakers and manage to trump their last film. How is this even possible?

FRIED SHRIMP!

lblistersJune 30, 2009 5:39 PM

According to the director, Frankenstein Girl used 2 tons of actual stage blood. Tokyo Gore Police used about 4. That's a lot of mopping.

M@rcJune 30, 2009 5:42 PM

My favorite: Geisha Transform.

I feel like this trailer gives away all the goodies before we even get a chance to see the movie. Not good.

Rhythm-XJune 30, 2009 5:46 PM

"According to the director, Frankenstein Girl used 2 tons of actual stage blood. Tokyo Gore Police used about 4. That’s a lot of mopping."

Fair enough. Not that it makes CG blood look any better.

kevinJune 30, 2009 6:07 PM

The most shocking part of this trailer is the Kadokawa Pictures logo at the beginning. Sort of cancels out Nishimura's whole argument that these films are unfairly overlooked for domestic distribution.

san ku kaiJune 30, 2009 8:03 PM

F A N T A S T I C !

Low Budget effects ? ... well duh ! ... I thinks it's just amazing that they stick to their guns and keep make such all-out-crazy inventive stuff ...
I also quite like the (over)lighting and visuals ... that over-voice in the trailer is a bit too much though ... and already showing too much in the trailer ... maybe ... but a film with already this much crazyness packed into it, is bound to be groovy ! And also the trailer for "Tokyo Gore Police" seemed like to be giving away everything ... but the film itself turned out to be even more fun-packed and amazing ...
Hope I also get to see this one with a crazy crowd, like I was able to enjoy Machine Girl and TGP :)

VannosJune 30, 2009 8:07 PM

weyyyy Koooo!!

MarcJune 30, 2009 8:20 PM

Iguchi is actually a relatively successful property in Japan. He works a lot on TV and does A/V sometimes to pay the bills. The reason there's so much CG blood is that the Japanese version actually has to be less gory! So the CG blood is added exclusively for the overseas market, according to Nishimura and CG director Kazuno. I think it didn't matter on something like TGP since it was a U.S. production, but for something like this, which as someone above notes, is being produced by a larger company, it's a necessity. Too much blood means ratings problems with Japanese government body Eirin.

Another note - this trailer was completed exclusively for the NY Asian Film Festival by Iguchi himself; that's his voice. This should in no way be confused with the forthcoming Japanese trailer or future international trailer. This is a one-off just for our audience, which is why Iguchi wanted to make it look like a "Hollywood trailer" with the English voiceover and whatnot.

StagstarJune 30, 2009 8:20 PM

I think the weirdest thing was that they decided to use a midi version of Live and Let Die to score it.

CuttermaranJune 30, 2009 11:50 PM

iblisters's right- indeed, this is a brilliant nonsense.
Remember, when Miike anounced Ichi- the Killer would be the goriest Splatter movie out there?
Well, compared to Iguchi he seems so retarded...

NelCJuly 1, 2009 1:03 AM

Cool poster! Have you got a link to a larger version?

Norrisf99July 1, 2009 3:32 PM

amazing

Gastonia HomesJuly 1, 2009 4:07 PM

More than a little gory, but this is we have come to expect from the Japans low budget flicts.
My son wants to know the machine gun caliber...A little scary coming from a 12 yr old!

witchmanJuly 1, 2009 6:02 PM

Geisha is....yaaaaaaaaaaaawn...oh to be 13 again!

sarkoffagusJuly 1, 2009 7:49 PM

For some reason, I've craving fried shrimp and a tall glass of milk. Geisha that geisha looks geisha like a geisha lot of geisha geisha.

iamfear7July 1, 2009 9:00 PM

While Machine Girl at least had a basic storyline, it seems like each new one is just an excuse for coming up with the craziest shit they can possibly think of, and string it all together almost randomly, coherence or plot be damned. While I can appreciate the inventiveness, it's getting old reaaal quick.