Drive-In Dive In: Gun Woman

Posted: May 31, 2015 in Action, Drive In, Reviews
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Gun WomanToo much of what passes for drive-in movies these days are arch ironic from the get go, overly self conscious attempts to cook up the heady cinematic concoctions of the late 60’s and early 70’s with modern ingredients reheated in a 21st-century Hollywood microwave. This trend started with Grindhouse, but traces of modern taint can be found even in otherwise stalwart efforts of late including Hobo with a Shotgun and Bring Me The Head of the Machine Gun Woman. The genuine stuff is out there, but it’s rare and easily missed.

That’s what makes Gun Woman special. This 86-minute extreme import from Japan is the real deal, an organic exercise in hardcore drive in. Leave the kids at home with the sitter for this one, or, at the least, make sure they’re asleep in the back seat with a blanket over their heads. Accidental exposure will result in more than a nightmare – we’re talking years of lockdown therapy. Gun Woman is the finest exploitation film since Raze (2013), the absolutely bonkers flick that showed captured women fighting to the death.

You have to believe that Gun Woman was a passion project for director/writer Kurando Mitsutake. Generally, the money folks are not going to shovel large amounts of yen your way when you pitch an idea of a female assassin who has her weapon surgically implanted under her skin and must remove the parts, assemble the gun, and execute the target before bleeding out. Yeah, she’s practically a Disney princess..

Gun Woman is drive in from the first scene with its use of a fish eye lens and the obvious “Hey, buddy do you want to be in a movie?” casting. A hit man shoots a woman in the shower and then instructs the driver of his getaway vehicle to take him to the extraction point: Las Vegas. To pass the time during the ride, they tell the tale of the legendary Gun Woman.

The bad guy is epic in Gun Woman, a genuinely over-the-top tribute to bad taste and villainy known only as Hamazaki’s son (Noriaki Kamata). He is a pasty faced psycho who rapes live women and commits the same act in the face of less resistance with dead ones. Hamazaki’s son kills a doctor’s wife and cripples the doctor, who swears revenge and becomes Mastermind (Kairi Narita). Mastermind buys a meth junkie and then is Mick to her Rocky as he has her jog, spar, vomit, wipe, shoot, and be shot at in the pursuit of the ultimate plan. Formerly Mayumi and forever Gun Woman (Asami) will imitate a corpse and infiltrate the local chapter of the necrophiliac’s lodge when the son comes to scratch his peculiar itch.

Be warned: the camera does not shy away from the action here. You can give your imagination the night off because Mitsutake is going to show you that Mastermind knows what he’s talking about when he tells Gun Woman that she has only 22 minutes to complete the mission. That fact that this demonstration leads her to attack Mastermind and then engage in wild, hallucinogenic sex with him is nothing short of fantastic.

You get what you came for with Gun Woman, so stay to the end and through the credits for a bonus. To be clear, no more than fifteen people out of one hundred will have anything good to say about this one, but if you’re one of the fifteen, Gun Woman is must-see madness. Enjoy.

 

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