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"At last year’s NYAFF, directors Tak Sakaguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura and Noboru Iguchi got drunk and vowed to make a movie together. Now they have, and their twisted take on the X-Men is here to upset pretty much everyone" — SUBWAY CINEMA
"(A) splatter-ific, kick-tastic, raunchy riff on the X-Men movies. It takes three directors to make a movie this messed up" — JAPAN SOCIETY, NEW YORK
What do you get when twisted serial collaborators Yoshihiro Nishimura (TOKYO GORE POLICE, VAMPIRE GIRL VS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL), Tak Sakaguchi (VERSUS, DEATH TRANCE, BE A MAN: SAMURAI SCHOOL) and Noboru Iguchi (MACHINE GIRL) join forces as directors? Among other things, you get a character whose superpower is the ability to switchblade a running chainsaw from her ass, a transvestite cult leader with a lethal crotch mutation that cuts through flesh and bone, and an underground army of mutant teenaged girls who decide to wage all-out war with the normals of the world. In other words, you get MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD!
The plot: Rin is a happy teenaged girl celebrating her 16th birthday with the family. Her father has a special gift for her: the truth. He’s actually a mutant, with living creatures in place of his nipples. Hmm. Just as Rin is contemplating what this means to her, soldiers barge in and open fire on everyone, leaving mom blown to bits and dad’s severed head smashed through her birthday cake. In her terror and confusion, Rin’s previously undiscovered mutant abilities come to the surface and she destroys everything around her in an unrestrained hurricane of violence! Now branded a public menace, Rin is on the run. She’s soon befriended by a group of similarly mutated girls, she’s brought to their underground camp—populated by even more of her kind. Turns out they’ve been around much longer than the so-called “Japanese,” and they’re sick of being persecuted for their differences. They’re ready to fight back with every mutant power they’ve got—arms turning into blades, the ability to suddenly explode—and scorch the normals clean off the face of the Earth. Japan for mutants only!
One of the first productions of Nikkatsu’s new Sushi Typhoon label dedicated to the unusual and the extreme, MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD is absolutely freaking nuts. Its trio of helmers separated the film into three chapters, each directing one third of a full narrative—Sakaguchi tackling the first part, Iguchi the second and Nishimura the third. None are exactly known for restraint and put together, well, the result is thermonuclear, exploding with body parts, fluids, kink and yes, ample blister-blasts of absurdist comedy replete with creatures that look like they’ve crawled out of the combined universes of Giger, Bosch, Troma and Hustler Magazine. The project came together last year when all three filmmakers were guests at the New York Asian Film Festival, and each got the other charged on the possibility of collaborating as directors instead of their usual producer/stunt coordinator/special effects pairings. One year later—weeks short of being to the very day—MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD splatters the Fantasia screen for its first showing in Canada. Bring a rubber raincoat and celebrate your inner freak with us!