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Samurai Princess [DVD] [2009]

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  • Actors: Aino Kishi, Dai Mizuno, Asuka Katoaka
  • Directors: Kengo Kaji
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 4Digital Asia
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GUF83G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,700 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Kengo Kaji, who wrote Tokyo Gore Police, writes and directs this new genre-bending sci-fi/fantasy gore-fest from Japan. Yoshihiro Nishimura handles the special make-up effects, as he did for Tokyo Gore Police, Machine Girl and Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl.

Samurai Princess pits android assassin against mutant madmen in an alternate universe version of feudal Japan. In this version of history, trainyard duels, detachable chainsaw limbs, and breast grenades are commonplace occurrences, while mad scientists twist the laws of nature to create sentient robots that can pass as human and crave souls.

Enter an android warrior with a penchant for bloodletting (AV starlet Aino Kishi) and her human partner (Dai Mizuno), whose eardrum-crushing electric guitar riffs are so loud, they re literally weapons of mass destruction. When our heroine is infused with the souls of eleven of her fallen sisters, she uses their combined power to take down anyone who stands in the way of her quest for humanity. The result is a nonstop geyser of gore, with skeletons popping out of torsos and every imaginable appendage removed from bodies!

Special Features:

  • Original Japanese trailer
  • Making of Featurette

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 10 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
The film's pedigree should certainly give fans of the form reason to be excited, with it having been directed by Kengo Kaji, the co-writer of Tokyo Gore Police and featuring effects by Yoshihiro Mishimura, the director of said genre highpoint. Also likely to be of no small enticement is the presence of AV actress Aino Kishi in the lead role, with support from fellow AV star Mihiro (recently in the horror The Cruel Restaurant)

Aino Kishi playing neither a Samurai nor a Princess, but an android killing machine stitched together from the parts of eleven young girls who were raped and killed by a particularly nasty gang of miscreants. Brought back to life by a mad scientist, she sets off on al revenge spree, slicing and dicing her way through hordes of strangely clad enemies and bizarre villains.

Given its director and the involvement of Yoshihiro Mishimura, most viewers should know well in advance whether or not Samurai Princess is likely to be a film for them. For those who don't, or for the curious, the first 5 minutes of the film will make things abundantly clear one way or the other, featuring such delightful scenes as the heroine removing a man's brain to quite literally read his mind and her detaching her breasts to hurl at her enemies. Certainly, the film is bloody even by the standards of the genre, packing in an impressive amount of dismemberment, evisceration, mutilation and shots of characters being torn apart by freakish villains with weapons for body parts.

With the gore factor and general insanity being the main draws, and for fans of the form Samurai Princess certainly more than delivers. Definitely one of the better and livelier examples of Japanese extreme cinema, it offers cheerfully sick entertainment for those with strong stomachs and a fondness for low budget wackiness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. on 12 Feb 2011
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Set it an alternate reality, the movie is barely 20 seconds in when a severed head rolls into view. Just for good measure it then gets stepped on and cracks open like an egg.

Welcome to the world of Samurai Princess.

A world where you can use jet powered boots to kick a man so hard that he spins round fast enough to drill himself into the ground and cyborgs are equipped with detachable breast missiles.

Oh yes, this film starts out wonderfully over the top.

The story is about a group of 3 thugs who rape (apparantly that's their speciality) a group of girls, before their deranged bosses chop them into itty bitty pieces in order to create what they consider to be art.

A mad scientist and his 2 assistants discovers the corpse pile and use the remains to create an android. The Samurai Princess. Although she's not a Samurai or a Princess so some may find the title a little misleading.
The gang bosses responsible for the artwork made from the corpses are also creations of the scientist.
Anyone who has been physically enhanced is termed an android, and as androids are illegal they are considered agents of evil.
Throw in a wandering guitarist who is also on a mission of vengeance and 2 members of the Anti Android Division, a sort of law enforcement group responsible for tracking down and eliminating androids, and your in for an entertaining ride.

It's just a shame that despite such a great first half the movie never quite captures the same level of over the top brilliance that it had at the start, despite some great little moments towards the end.

If you enjoyed Machine Girl or Tokyo Gore Police then this is worth checking out, just don't expect it to be as good as those two titles.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bakuryuu Tyranno on 9 Dec 2009
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I was going to say the back of the DVD cover isn't all that accurate, but the Amazon synopsis is quite a bit better.

Basically, this is an over-the-top, er... horror comedy I guess would be accurate since even in action scenes a lot of stuff is played for laughs. It's set in feudal Japan except there's at least some modern day technology present.

I think they hit all the notes they were aiming for. The comedy aspect works. The horror aspect... well it's not scary, but in the sense of disturbing imagery it succeeds. The villains come across as utterly depraved and I can't imagine anyone not rooting against them.

A reason the depravity and over-the-top gore and such can work as a horror comedy is because thankfully the filmmakers draw the line at pointless, tasteless scenes.
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From the opening scene of a head rolling across screen we swiftly move onto an arm cut off, then a nose, quickly followed by various body parts ending up in the soup cauldron and the title hasn’t even popped up yet. So that gives you the measure of this gore fest outing which comes complete with a chainsaw leg, circular saw body, a scissor foot and various other dubious attachments, oh! And boob grenades..
Basically this is a revenge hack-em up movie set in an alternate reality where feudal Japan meets modern technology and follows the Devil Princess [not Samurai Princess] as she seeks retribution for the rape and murder of 11 of her friends and her own rape. The bad guy [and it’s difficult to say who the good guys are] is a Dr who takes hacked up corpses and reanimates them as ‘androids’, flesh and blood warriors with bizarre weapons built into them, who is himself fronted by a crazy gang of rapists, led by a sadistic corpse slice and dice madman and his equally mad girl.
The first half is very fast paced but the excessive gore and twisted plot tend to flag in the third quarter. Being a blood soaked action movie the subtitles are easy to keep up with but generally whether you ‘enjoy’ this or not will depend on the simple fact that you either like absurd Japanese gore fests or not. The whole thing is over the top, blood gushes and sprays as though from a hose pipe, people fight on regardless of the limbs they’ve lost. It’s manic mayhem for psychos. Don’t expect a bevy of scantily clad beauties to fight their way across the screen as the cover suggests, most wear geisha type outfits and the 'heroine' wears more than that depicted. The film tries to moralise at the end but the excessive violence and gore make the message worthless.
The disc has a making of and five trailers, but that's all. Worth a watch if you like the genre, but if you want any form of realism, stay clear, just don't watch it while eating. .
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