Today’s selection: Iron Girl (2012, dir. Masatoshi Nagamine)
Subgenre: Henshin Hero
Available from: Switchblade Pictures
My DVD copy of Iron Girl began to stutter during the final minutes of the movie, but rather than return it for a glitchless copy, I just sort of thought “Oh, well, it’s almost over and I don’t think I’ll be watching this movie again any time soon.” That’s the shame of Iron Girl; while not as abysmal as a lot of the stuff Switchblade puts out, the movie just didn’t captivate the attention beyond having a fairly cool looking costume. It’s competent and professional-looking, there’s plenty of fight sequences and a few unusual characters, but otherwise… meh, not a lot stands out. (Which is good, given Switchblade’s track-record. Unlike the Zen Pictures stuff, there aren’t long uncomfortable sequences of the heroine being tied up and squirming, and the nudity here is handled in a manner more matter-of-fact than fetishistic.)
The movie tells about a settlement in the post apocalyptic sometime, where the innocent (e.g. the grown woman who you can tell is innocent because she carries around a teddy bear and bouquet of flowers even when she’s under attack) are victimized by a group of bandits called the Crazy Dogs. A mysterious drifter in power armor shows up out of nowhere to defend them, and the picture turns into an oddly bloodless version of Fist of the North Star (I guess gore effects would cost more money?). Turns out, it’s all part of a prophecy, and our roaming heroine is the Iron Girl who a legend foretold, which works for her because she has amnesia. A lot of characters in the movie have amnesia, and I suspect that I too will not remember much about this film in a few days.