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GOTHIC & LOLITA PSYCHO (2010)

Written by: Tim Nordstedt.

Writer Hisakatsu Kuroki and director Gó Ohara sets out to travel on the same stylistic moviepath that made Noburu Iguchi and Yoshihiro Nishimura  big names in the Japanese splatterscene and they manage do so with flare. Gothic and Lolita Psycho has a very recurring theme to these countrymen namely revenge, something Japan has mastered to portray in an almost beautiful, romantic way since decades before and with the movie  Lady Snowblood (1973) pushing the bar almost to perfection.



The story is as simple as it gets, Yukis mother gets murdered by hoodwearing assassins in front of her and a couple of years later she arms herself with corsett, lace, armwarmers, Demonia boots and an umbrella equipped with deadly gadgets.

It's full force aesthetic action and craziness from the start and it hardly fades out to something flat and boring even though we have seen this concept before several times even before Kill Bill ripped it off and took it to the mainstream audience.

The action-scenes are greatly executed and even the other parts in this movie as the comic reliefs succeeds to  bring laughter and the final doesn´t hold any surprises, you know exactly how it is going to end but that didn´t destroy anything for me personally.

If you are a fan of Noburu and Yoshihiros art in the filmindustry then you should definetely give this one a chance, It´s not as sadistic and gory as Machine Girl or over the top like Zombie Ass. Gothic & Lolita Psycho doesn't really break any taboos although some messy and violent parts are added here and now. And judging by that Yoshihiro was the supervisor of specialeffects in this projects you should know exactly what to expect.

Both the heroine and most of the villains has a special feature or an image that´s memorable in a very animéesque way, actually when I think about it , this movie can almost pass for a live action animé. Gothic & Lolita Psycho is as playful as it´s title and  if you wan´t a fastpaced, bloodspraying  action that is easily digested and a treat for the eyes then get this one!

Do Japan really have awards for best butts? obviously Rina Akiyama who played Yuki in this movie won it 2007, that really is a weird country but in an awesome way!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.



Directed by: Gô Ohara
Written by: Hisakatsu Kuroki
Produced by: Jun Nakajima, Hiroyuki Sasaki
Cinematography by: ?
Editing by: ?
Special Effects by: Tsuyoshi Kazuno
Music by: ?
Cast: Rina Akiyama, Ruito Aoyagi, Asami, Yukihide Benny,
Jonny Caines, Eric Daniel, Carl Fortin, Satoshi Hakuzen

Year: 2010
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese 
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 28min

Distributor: Pony Canyon




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