Fantastic Fest Spotlight: Karate Robo Zaborgar

13 Sep

I have a weakness for Japanese science-fiction cinema and television.  It almost always involves monsters and robots, and they are frequently gigantic.  I love this.  Even when the effects are terrible, even when its completely obvious that I am just watching men in rubber suits.  It doesn’t matter.

This is a very good time to be alive for someone that has always loved this type of entertainment, as studios in Japan are using modern special effects to remake beloved stories from the 1970s, and give them to today’s audience with enough over the top action to satisfy anyone who grew up watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  And the latest feature film in this new craze is Karate Robo Zaborgar.

I love anything that looks like the above poster.  But this one is a little bit different.  Director Noboru Iguchi has set a part of his movie during the familiar battle between good and evil that we’re used to in this type of movie.  A young man combats evil with the help of his robot motorcycle that also happens to be a karate expert.  Simple.  Something we’ve all seen before.  Or at least similar to something we’ve all seen before.

But what happens when that young man grows up?  What happens when he’s reached middle age and is slightly overweight?  Well, apparently he keeps trying to fight evil, and I can’t wait to see how.

Iguchi may seem like a strange choice to helm this movie.  His past work includes everything from adult videos to gore/horror film Machine Girl.  But I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt here.  I thought the same thing a couple years ago when Takashi Miike put out Yatterman, but that turned out to be amazing.

Its possible I’m getting my hopes up too high here.  But we’ll see.  I’ll let you know.

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