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on 26 May 2010
Miike's Ichi The Killer is one of my all-time favourite flicks, so i wouldn't dream of comparing any other feature to it without feeling justified. I loved every minute of Milly's two-part revenge fable packed full of blood geysers and demented biomechanical weaponry set in a dystopian future where choas reigns supreme and wierd, unscrupulous scientists operate in seedy, barren wastelands. In this alternative future gun laws have been deregulated paving the way for an epicentre of violence controlled by a gang of four members calling themselves "The Jack Brothers". The population has decreased to such an extent that The Jacks randomly slaughter victims for sheer fun and pleasure to relieve the boredom. Milly and her family get butchered by The Jacks but Milly is saved by a scientist experimenting with mechanized parts, thus transforming her into a cold blooded hybrid of humanoid/cyborg hell bent on revenge.

The story has nothing that will blow-away any audience with originality, it mainly consists of: you killed my family and i want revenge; you killed our friends and we will avenge them. Despite this typical flaw, which runs through the vast majority of features released, the viewer still ends up being thoroughly entertained by subtle atmospherics, top-notch fight sequences and some hilariously inventive death scenes from Yoshihiro Nishimura - director of Vampire Girl V Frankenstein Girl and Tokyo Gore Police. The limited resources available for the first Volume didn't hamper the enjoyment factor as the pacing of the flick and camera techniques selected prove wise decision making by the director, Nakanori Tsujimoto. The second volume does outshine when comparing cinematography and running time and is by far the best of the two-parts: both stories do run on the same disc.

If you like a bit of the old ultra-violence loaded with outrageous ideas, and the over-the-top style of Nishimura's gore then this is an absolute must-see. I thought both Milly's were the most enjoyable flicks, of this type, i've seen so far; and, arguably the most masterfully crafted extreme Jap splatter features since Miike's Ichi The Killer, due to the high level of humour combined with gore achieved on such a low budget. The only thing missing when comparing with Miike's masterclass was after Milly massacres her enemies, she doesn't blub a bucket of tears then indulge in a pleasure session of bean-flicking - BOO!
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