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    CHANBARA BEAUTY Now on DVD in the UK

    The samurai assassin Aya (Eri Otoguru) gets the better of the living of the living dead. Clip courtesy of The Associates. © 2008 "Onechanbara: The Movie" Production Committee

    Babes, Bikinis, Blades, Guns and Zombies on Region 2 PAL Disc Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: Onechanbara: The Movie (Japan) Special Thanks to Farhana Shaikh

    The 2008 Japanese "babes vs zombies" flick CHANBARA BEAUTY (Onechanbara: The Movie) goes on sale today in the UK from Manga Entertainment. The British publicity firm The Associates has provided a press release, DVD cover art, stills, and video clips from the film. Please note: the video clips do include violence and some brief nudity. From the press release... A bikini clad babe in a cowboy hat, armed with a samurai sword slashing her way through hordes of zombies as she seeks revenge on her patricidal kid sister who`s now playing sidekick to an evil scientist… What`s not to like? Based on the hit Japanese video game series THE ONECHANBARA, the directorial debut feature from cinematographer Yohei Fukuda (GROTESQUE), CHANBARA BEAUTY stars Eri Otoguro (VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL; SHUTTER), Tomohiro Waki (INITIAL D – DRIFT RACER) and Taro Suwa (UZUMAKI; END CALL; THE MACHINE GIRL) in a pulse pounding action-horror extravaganza that entertainingly delivers the goods from the get-go. It`s the near future and the majority of the world`s population has been transformed into flesh-eating zombies by a virus created by mad scientist, Dr. Sugita (Taro Suwa). Attempting the level the score of humans vs. zombies is Aya (Eri Otoguru), a beautiful samurai assassin with a minimalist dress code and a fondness for very sharp blades who is searching for her younger sister, Saki (Chise Nakamura), missing since she murdered her and Aya`s father. Accompanying Aya is Katsuji (Tomohiro Waki), a well-meaning but somewhat bumbling and cowardly guy whose own sister has been kidnapped by Sugita. During the search for their respective siblings, they are joined by a gun-wielding, leather clad biker girl named Reiko (Manami Hashimoto), who has lost her young daughter to the zombie plague and is now seeking her own revenge on the one responsible, namely Sugita.

    Slashing and blasting their way across the country through a mire of zombie gore as they progress ever close to their goal, the trio are seemingly unstoppable in their quest. That is until they meet Aya`s equal and now arch-nemesis, Saki, who is now in the evil employ of the psychotic scientist with plans on taking over the world by means of a zombie army. Pure, unadulterated zombie slaying fun from start to finish, CHANBARA BEAUTY races from one action set-piece to the next, barely pausing for breath, as two of the hottest looking avengers ever to grace the screen take on the undead in an orgy of blood, blades and bullets. CHANBARA BEAUTY (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£17.99) by Manga Entertainment on 7th September 2009. Special Features include: "Making of" featurette; Japanese 2.0 and 5.1 audio options; optional English subtitles; trailer; scene selection.


    Director: Yohei Fukuda Cast Eri Otoguro: Aya Manami Hashimoto: Reiko Tomohiro Waki: Katsuji Chise Nakamura: Saki Taro Suwa: Dr. Sugita Ai Hazuki: Maria Sari Kurauchi: Asami Hiroaki Kawatsure Tomoya Nagai Tetsu Watanabe

    Writers: Yohei Fukuda, Yasutoshi Murakawa Executive Producers: Takafumi Ohashi, Hideo Tsujihata, Shunsuke Yamada Producers: Masanori Kawashima, Ryo Murata, Hideyuki Sakurai, Kyôsuke Ueno Cinematographer: Yohei Fukuda Music: Chika Fujino, Hideki Ikari Production Designer: Tomoya Imai Special Makeup Effects Artist: Kakusei Fujiwara Production Manager: Jun Shimane Assistant Director: Takeo Sugawara Sound: Kyoji Noguchi Visual Effects: Tsuyoshi Kazuno Sword Fight Coordinator: Naohiro Kawamoto Stunt Coordinator: Fumihito Minamitsuji Action Director: Go Ohara "Onechanbara: The Movie" Production Committee (Geneon Entertainment, JollyRoger, Kadokawa Pictures Gold, Tornado Film) Release Date: April 26, 2008 (Japan) Runtime: 80 min.

    CHANBARA BEAUTY maintains the horror movie tradition of sex and violence. Clip courtesy of The Associates. © 2008 "Onechanbara: The Movie" Production Committee
    Aya and Katsuji face off with Dr. Sugita, the deranged creator of a zombie army. Clip courtesy of The Associates. © 2008 "Onechanbara: The Movie" Production Committee

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