Hard Revenge Milly Vol 1&2: Bloody Battle Review
Milly's vengeance is visited here in two instalments. Firstly, she gets the men and woman who destroyed her life and decimated her Christmas card list. Their sins against her are vividly displayed in flashback and her endless rage validated as a response to the miscreants' gory excess. We then get lots of gushing blood, disembodied limbs, and gut churning evisceration. Part two arrives as an extension with Milly helping another wronged woman to overcome her wrongdoers, complete with much better photography, acting and effects giving the action a much more polished look. Part one is grisly, lo-fi and pretty narrativeless, and part two aspires to more depth, style, and drama.
The second part is even better. A bigger budget, better photography and a much more complex moral universe are the key improvements. As a result narrative is much stronger by being less consumed with the structure of going from fight to fight like in part one, and having a longer running time allows more space for incidental characters and character explanation. It's still a kickass kind of cyborg versus Yakuza revenge fantasy, though it has more elegance and maturity than its older brother.
Technical SpecsBoth films are included on one dual layer region two locked disc and both are presented with black lines at the side of the 16:9 frame making the 1.78:1 aspect ratio a little closer to 1.72:1. The first film was shot much more cheaply and the video quality is understandably limited because of that with a softness and faded appearance and uncertain contrast. There are compression artefacts in both transfers and they both seem to be incorrectly converted between NTSC and PAL. The second transfer benefits from better materials but some of the murkiness and combing is also present here too.
Special featuresCine-Asia package both films up with tons of trailers and TV Spots, and two rather good Making Of pieces. The first Making of is actually longer than the film, but it shows a lot of the stunts and effects being created on set and features extensive conversation with the director explaining his concept and expressing his pleasure at the final product. The second documentary is much shorter than the actual film and more of a PR piece with soundbites from the cast, footage of training and much less from the fitter, happier looking Tsujimoto.
Finally trailers for nearly all of Cine-Asia's current releases are included including the forthcoming Robo-Geisha.
SummaryThe two Milly films are great fun and any fan of Japanese splatter or girls and revenge films will lap them up. This disc is a little limited but awfully tempting at the price.
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