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女機械人

Already a good Sci-Fi Action-Comedy, the sexy actresses are indispensable, but the porno is not quite requisite.

Sexy women warriors beat up the enemies, it can be a precursor of the fighting games such as Dead or Alive. Sci-Fi based erotic action-comedy with Kung Fu. Mixture of the masculine elements. We can easily find an erotic Sci-Fi film after Barbarella. However, the one including Kung Fu is unique, delivered only from Hong Kong.

陸劍明《女機械人》1991

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Thumbs up for Aoyama Chikako and Amy Yip

青山知可子Aoyama Chikako – Cite: 新浪娛樂

Two charming actresses in Rock outfits directly fight against a professional fighter. This is the most recklessness feature of this film.

The enemy is a former Kickboxing champion Billy Chow. The fight scene is obviously tough even for a male actor. But, the heroines are rather feminine than sportive. Moreover, the stunt men are working only for the acrobatics. I really need my thumbs up for Aoyama Chikako and Amy Yip.

Aoyama Chikako is a Japanese actress who started the carrier from a photo model. She is very my type actress. She is mainly working for a Japanese TV series. She was starred several "VHS exclusive" films in the 90s. These titles include the sexy scenes that are prohibited in TV series.

She is a regular of 絕世好 series in a minor role. I saw La Brassiere. She was always beautiful, but her acting was, to be honest, awful.

I think, Amy Yip is the most widely known among the actors of this film. A popular sexy actress in the 80-90s. She appears also in my favourite The Prince of Temple Street as one of the twelve bosses.

The director knows Shaw Brothers

This is a "Class Ⅲ" film, it means that’s not suitable for an audience under 18 years old. However, this film mostly features the tough action, SFX and the comedy. This is enough enjoyable without porno which are honestly boring. Futuristic costumes, music scores, filming locations and set decorations are top notch.

The director is Luk Kim-ming who often played a minor role in several legendary Chang Cheh films. He knows Shaw Brothers era.

A great casting choice, but a sudden changeover of the viewpoint.

張同祖《再戰江湖》1990
張同祖《再戰江湖》1990

Apparently, Aoyama Chikako was the primary heroine. She dies at the beginning of the story and revives as a cyborg. However, her second death comes halfway through the final battle, then David Wu finishes the enemy in collaboration with Amy Yip.

Suddenly, David Wu takes over the position of the hero. The plot isn’t consistent and the catharsis disappears. This sort of twist of the heroes sometimes happens in a minor Hong Kong film. The viewpoint is suddenly changed and I confuse.

It’s often not a woman who finishes the battle in a film yet featuring the actress. It’s not a good trend.

David Wu

David Wu is in several films that I know. I remember Return Engagement in which he appears as a piano-based singer. He will move from Hong Kong to Canada after his house party. He hands over a cassette tape containing his memorial song of his dead girlfriend to May Lo.

45 minutes TV film by excluding the erotic part.

The film can be parted into three by each 30 minutes. The second part is erotic which doesn’t have a direct relation with the story. We can skip this part. It’s boring.

The heroines are unarguably beautiful, but the sex scenes are too classic like Japanese 70s porno. However, a "complete bed scene" of Aoyama Chikako is rare. Her fans may be satisfied.

I think that the director intentionally condensed the sex scenes into the middle part 30 minutes. Removing some supplemental erotic scenes, you can combine the first and last part into about 45 minutes TV film.

The erotic part was regrettable. If these scenes were inspired from Commedia sexy all’italiana and made by the fresh ideas, this film could have been more popular.

Mediumrare Entertainment edition DVD

Mediumrare Entertainment - Robotrix (2013)
Mediumrare Entertainment "Robotrix" 2013

I bought US, Mediumrare Entertainment edition DVD. It costs only US$8 (HK$61). Besides, the pictures are digitally remastered. I think that this is originally Hong Kong edition. The DVD maker made some modifications, recreated the menu and package.

And possibly, a critical mistake on the re-encoding process. In result, the sound was too blurred.

So, it’s better to buy the original Hong Kong edition, but it’s already a rare item. Our choice is limmited.

The story is simple and clear. The dialogs are not too long. It’s easy to read for a non-Englsih speaker like me. Sometimes a subtitle disappears too fast. It’s a typical habit of VCD. These words are often not so important.

Missing scenes

This edition lacks at least one scene. After the resurrection of the enemy, there should be the scene of Sara beaten by him. I found several unseen screen captures on the Internet. As this scene was lost, Sara was unnaturally naked before the final battle.

The lost scene was apparently considered as too violent. I don’t know why because we have myriad bloody horrors in Hollywood or the video game market.

Slogans on DVD cover

Don’t care about them. This is not a revenge story. The story is slightly influenced by RoboCop, but doesn’t have any aspects of Red Shoe Diaries. Besides, this is not grandiose like RoboCop. There is the damaged arm repair scene obviously influenced from The Terminator. That’s all.

And no one believes that New York Times reviewed this film. I don’t know if LJN produced the video game of Robotrix or not. Maybe, I want to play it.

Japanese edition DVD

It was also released. Because of its rarity, a used DVD got an absurd price, HK$1639, US$211, €185. Impossible. An apparent erotic film always gets higher price even tought the porno is everywhere in Japan. How they are maniac of it. This is the most stupid habit of Japanese secondhand DVD sellers.

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Kazu Spara in 25 May 2017
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