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Deco Truck Gal Nami

Deco Truck Gal Nami - Dekotora Gyaru Nami

Leone, Japan, 2008
AKA: Dekotora Gyaru Nami, Big Bad Mama-San: Dekotora 1
Director: Hideo Jôjô
Writer: Hideo Jôjô
Cast: Toshio Arikik, Keitaro Azumi, Slappy Cortez, Mack De’erens, Fukuten, Tiffany Grant, Ben Hammered, Jay Hickman, Hiroaki Hinjaiji, Horiken, Ryôichi Inaba, Shun Kando, Hiroyuki Kaneko, Wakato Kanematsu, Takashi Kawasaki, Tamana Kiku, Rino Konno, Nanaka Kozaki, Vicky Manjina, Yûya Matsuura, Maru Moriizumi, Seiji Nakamitsu, Eiji Nakamura, Kazutomo Nakatsukasa, Masayoshi Nogami, Yûichirô Sakamoto, Rusty J. Sequoia, Manzô Shinra, John Swasey, Atsushi Tobita, Masahiko Tsugawa, Kazuaki Tsuji, Wataru Tsunashima, Masaomi Ueda, Shuhei Yamashita, Mutsuo Yoshioka, Akiho Yoshizawa

No werewolves, vampires, zombies, aliens or even serialkillers in this one. It is a comedy/drama but it is bizarre enough though..

Akiho Yoshizawa began her film career in the adult business at age 18. She did some nude modelling which led to contracts with two different film companies the following year. She was hard working and most of the time she did a movie every month, alternating between the two companies. Several of her early films were incest-themed and she won some awards for her roles. Three years later she “moved up” by signing contracts with two new, bigger AV-companies. Apart from her work in hardcore movies she’s been doing softcore, mainstream films and appeared on television and have won numerous awards. In 2004 she was in the horror movie Koibone and she’s also done science-fiction (so she’s sort of on topic anyway). In Japan she is a superstar and when she retired from the film industry (or at least the adult film industry) this year she did it by going on a tour from January 1 to march 31 to meet and greet her fans and at the same time she released her last film, AV Complete Withdrawal ~ FINAL SEX ~ Yoshizawa Akiho, together with a documentary of her life and carrer.

Deco Truck Gal Nami was a huge hit in Japan when it came. It got three sequels all starring Yoshizawa, and it spawned an entire new genre of “Lady Trucker films”.

Nami is a female truckdriver. She inherited a “Deco Truck” or dekotora, which is an extremely decorated truck popular in Japan, commonly displaying neon or ultraviolet lights, extravagant paints, and stainless or golden parts (both on the exterior and the interior). Dekotora may be created by workers out of their work trucks for fun, or they may be designed by hobbyists for special events. They are sometimes also referred to as art trucks. Unfortunately she also inherited large debts, but she’s working hard to pay them off. Her father was a legend among truck drivers and Nami is on her way to be one her self. Lady truck drivers are rare so Nami has to be tough and stand up against her male colleagues.

She runs in to the prostitute Momoka and they eventually become friends. There are truck races, trucker gangs, crazy police men and even more crazy truckers often hanging out at a truck stop/noodle restaurant.

Momoka sometimes messes things up a bit for Nami, and one evening they find a box by the deco truck. Nami believes Momoka just forgott to load it and tells her to put it in the back, before they take off. Problem is it belonged to some Mafia guys. They come after the girls and decide not only to take back the box, but to rape and murder the girls.

Deco Truck Gal Nami is fun if You like over the top films. Everyone is weird and crazy, the girls are cute, the men not so cute and sex is hilarious. We get T&A combined with a feminist message which is a contradiction in it self. Another contradiction is the sad ending of this wild comedy. I wont give anything away, but watch it if You get the opportunity. It’s worth it, but if You have a choise go for the japanese original with subtitles instead of the dubbed “american” version with added country music and all. That one really suck!

My verdict: 7 out of 10.

Martyrs

Martyrs

Canal Horizons/Canal+/CinéCinéma/Crédit d’Impôt Cinéma et Télévision/Crédit d’Impôt pour la Production Cinématographique ou Magnétoscopique Canadienne/Eskwad/TCB Film/Wild Bunch, France/Canada, 2008
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Director: Pascal Laugier
Writer: Pascal Laugier
Cast: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne, Juliette Gosselin, Xavier Dolan, Louise Boisvert, Jean-Marie Moncelet, Jessie Pham, Erika Scott, Isabelle Chasse, Emilie Miskdjian, Tony Robinow, Anie Pascale, Mike Chute, Gaëlle Cohen, Louis Thevenon, Jean-François Boudreau, Michel Cormier, Jean-Bernard Côté, Patrick Dorval, Mathieu Samaille, Daniel Deburghgraeve, Philippe Laugler, Hervé Desbois, Mario Mancini, Olivier Villeneuve

Ten years old Lucie manages to escape from being held captive in an abandoned slaughterhouse in an industrial area. She has been beaten and tortured and chained to a metal chair. The people responsible is never found, and Lucie won’t talk about what’s been done to her. She is brought to a home for abused children where she meet Anna who becomes her best friend. There is this horrible mutilated creature that sometimes comes for Lucie. Sometimes it even hurts her physically but Anna has a hard time deciding whether this creature is real or just something out of Lucies imagination.

Cut to fifteen years later, what seems like a normal family of four sits down for breakfast. The mother has found a dead rat and is playing around with it at the table. To me this felt a bit weird and maybee it was an indication that maybe this family isn’t as normal as they let on.

There is a knock on the door and Lucie enters killing father, mother, son and daughter with a shootgun in cold blood. She then calls Anna telling her that she found the people responsible for torturing her as a child and that the creature from her childhood is in the house and has attacked her.

Anna rushes over to help her dispose of the bodies, but isn’t sure if Lucie has snapped and just killed an innocent family or if they really are the monsters Lucie claims. Eventually Anna learns the truth about Lucie’s creature as it once again attacks Lucie cutting her with a razor.

By chance Anna stumbles upon a secret door in the back of a cupboard wich leads to a basement compound that looks something like a hospital. Beneath this basement theres a second one where she finds signs of somebode being kept and probably tortured. She finds a woman (looking a bit like Lucie’s creature) in terrible shape and brings her up to the house.

Suddenly there are armed people all over the place, killing the woman, interrogating Anna and bringing her back down into the compound …

Martyrs is a disturbing film, and there is a lot of blood and explicit violence. Some people has described it as torture porn, but I don’t agree with that. True, there is a fair deal of torture and gore, but what makes this film stand out is the characters and their stories. The plot at first seem wild and random but as the story unfolds there is a red line. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect from this film prior to watching it. The name Martyrs made me expect some religous theme, and when I read about Lucie being kidnapped and abused I figured maybe it was some religious fanatic serialkiller/tormentor or maybe even some cult. Instead I got Lucie’s creature wich hinted creature feature or a psycho type story depending on whether the creature was real or not. Then comes the homeinvasion and brutal slaughter of the seemingly inocent family. This turns the story in a new direction and finally as Anna finds the secret underground compound it turns out to be something at least I didn’t expect.

My verdict: 9 out of 10.