Sukeban Boy Review
The FilmCompetently delivered shameless filth is in short supply these days. Just catch our recent reviews for exploitation movies like Zombies Vs Strippers. This kind of film is in danger of becoming just as predictable and product like as the mainstream of cinema. The really bizarre and fun flicks that generated transgressive film-makers like Pedro Almodovar and John Waters don't seem to be around any more with talentless hacks with a shopping list of ideas inspired by cheap T&A the only available replacements.
What we have here is very like a prototype of Machine Girl, it has the same schoolgirl hero, dangerous breasts, and amputees galore. In this case the hero is a gender confused boy who is advised by his biker dad to join a new school dressed as a girl in order to stop being bullied for his apparent femininity.
Like his later film, Iguchi succeeds with fantastic charm and a degree of counter cultural whimsy. After all the cartoon comings and goings, the movie resolves itself as a love story that knows no bounds - be they gender, sexuality or propriety. And these comings and goings are imaginative within the limited resources, being inspired by a real knowledge of genre movies. We get the "half naked girl gang", "naked monks", and transvestite bearded protectors for the hero/heroine. For all the gratuity, fisticuffs, sex changes, and limb lopping, romance and acceptance win out in possibly the most perverse happy ending that you will ever see.
Transfer and SoundRyko's presentation of the film has many issues - it's not anamorphic, it is very very dark, and the film suffers from regular bouts of combing and bleeding colours. It is also a little soft, with instances of aliasing, compression artefacts and diagonal lines looking jagged, perhaps a scaling issue. This was an insanely cheap film to make so I suppose some credence needs to be given to that fact in judging the transfer, but this is by no means exceptionally good.
Discs and Special FeaturesThis is a single layer region free disc that comes in its own white box with cheesy, slightly camp artwork on the cover and the menu. Options on the disc are simple to find and the first one of note is a slightly drunken commentary including the director and Demo Tanaka, who played the lead's father. The two men enjoy a bit of banter and poke fun at each other, and the director talks about his homages to Toei and Go Nagai, the creator of Cutie Honey. Obviously it's a subbed commentary but the film is still easy to follow and good fun to enjoy the men's badinage.
The remix is all the weird bits in the film looped to some music and I don't know why you'd want that but here it is. The picture gallery is 20 images of the two female leads posing in costume, complete with band aids over the pubic area of one. The trailers for other Ryko products include Sars Wars, Happiness of the Katakuris, Killer Pussy, Oh My Zombie Mermaid and the main film.
SummaryFunny and a little wild, Sukeban Boy will entertain you if you liked Iguchi's Machine Girl. The Ryko disc has good English options and I imagine many potential buyers will overlook the video quality because of that fact.
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Last updated: 27/05/2018 23:33:36