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also known as Chanbara Beauty: Zombie Bikini Squad

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A cowboy-hat-wearing, bikini-clad zombie assassin mows down hordes upon hordes of the undead in this tongue-in-cheek Japanese exploitation film, perhaps best understood by its alternative English title: ZOMBIE BIKINI SQUAD. Seemingly dreamed up in some B-movie wish factory yet actually based on a popular videogame series(!), the film follows our clothing-deprived heroine Aya (Eri Otoguro) as she protects her city from a zombie invasion with only a cowboy hat, a scarf, a bikini and a very busy sword for protection. "Chanbara" refers to the Japanese swordplay film genre and, like Tatsuya Nakadai in SWORD OF DOOM or Toshiro Mifune in YOJIMBO, Aya is a master of the sword. Unlike them, she’s paired with two other pin-up idols (Manami Hashimoto and Chise Nakamura) to battle her foes. Special effects more amateurishly hilarious than professionally gory add to the film's goofball charm, one that in spite of its zombies and bikinis is surprisingly almost PG-rated. - Jason Sanders

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I'm not familiar with the zombie genre, except for the few go over the top and one can't think of them as individual people. I loved the referencing in this move. For example on the the two heroes wore a Clint Eastwood poncho and cowboy hat over a feathered bikini. The other zombie killer had Pearl's rose tattoo and a chopped off double barreled shotgun I some how associate with that guy with the hatchet face that was in several of the spaghetti westerns. The heroes are women, the faithful companion is a fat boy, and there are incestuous murders across three generation.

This is a very funny movie that shifts into serious samuri mode regularly, probably to satisfy both sophisticated and unsophisticate watchers. Lots are balls are juggled across lots of genres and there's no sex at all.

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I'm not familiar with the zombie genre, except for the few go over the top and one can't think of them as individual people. I loved the referencing in this move. For example on the the two heroes wore a Clint Eastwood poncho and cowboy hat over a feathered bikini. The other zombie killer had Pearl's rose tattoo and a chopped off double barreled shotgun I some how associate with that guy with the hatchet face that was in several of the spaghetti westerns. The heroes are women, the faithful companion is a fat boy, and there are incestuous murders across three generation.

This is a very funny movie that shifts into serious samuri mode regularly, probably to satisfy both sophisticated and unsophisticate watchers. Lots are balls are juggled across lots of genres and there's no sex at all.

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Another Japanese Splatterfeast! Not meant to be taken literally, in my opinion. Fun to watch, great fight scenes (thanks again, Go Ohara!). Good, Messy, Fun!

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The nine thousandth zombie movie of the decade offers up a skimpy plot about a girl in a skimpy red bikini fighting the flesh-eating undead. Eri Otoguro as Aya, our zombie slayer, is so gorgeous she could jumpstart a young man's puberty or make an old jerk like me go through a second one. The whole world's a George Romero zombie wasteland and she's out there under a cowboy hat and poncho, swingin' a sword and doing gravity-defying martial arts tricks to work her way to the evil scientist who created the zombies. Along the way she runs into another hottie, Reiko (Manami Hashimoto), dressed in black leather and wielding shotguns, and they splatter even more ghouls in ultra-stylish, techno music-scored, CGI bloodbaths, complete with digital blood splashing onto the camera lens. A real style-over-substance kinda flick, the most suspenseful thing about the movie is wondering when Eri's gonna slip out of her poncho again. For that, I enjoyed this. The ending's a little weak, though.

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Action Packed video game come to life on the screen, Excellent Video Game character portrayer. Classic Live Japanese Anime Style to this movie. If you are a fan of the video game, cosplay, and live anime movies them this is great.

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so i watched it again_it's mostly sort of dumb_and for me a lot of repeated killing gets boring _but it sort of grows on you_Reiko & Saki are beautiful_i don't think Aya is but i like her outfit_well it gets out of tedious & yawn & becomes insane_then the final duel between the two sisters is really tasty spectacular & fun_so it's a lot better then i thought the first time_so yeah

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didn't like this at all

The worst jap-ploitation film ever made.

Weak action and story

Interesting and good Manga style

it was very good movie i liked it okay but a sad one this was not the ending i was hoping for.

sugoi!love it!quite lacking in realism,yet makes up for in heart,style.fun to watch.i like most of the effects,blood notwithstanding(look more like grape juice)