Today I have a good book and a bad movie. A very, very good book. A very, very bad movie. Let’s start with the good and work our way down.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
It’s another Murakami book. The last Murakami book I read I liked a lot. Norwegian Wood was no different. Well actually, the book was completely different. It’s a tragic and complex romance story. There is nothing paranormal in it, the story is straight-forward, and all of the characters have names. This is one of my favorite books. It is a very sad story from beginning to end, but I like that. It’s probably not a book you would read to cheer-up, but if you want to learn more about Japanese culture in the late 60’s, this is definitely an interesting read. I recommend it highly to everyone.
Now, let’s get to the bad.
The Machine Girl.
From the director that made Tokyo Gore Police comes a movie about an ordinary high school girl whose parents committed suicide after being accused of murder and then whose brother got killed by yakuza ninjas. You know, ordinary. When her brother is killed by yakuza ninjas, she seeks revenge. While attempting to assassinate their leader, she gets her arm sliced off and is saved by mechanics. They build her a machine gun arm so that she can kill them more efficiently. This movie is sooooo bloody. Not bloody in a Hollywood way, bloody in a B-type movie kind of way. In a really funny way. When I say this is the worst movie I’ve ever seen, I mean it in the best way possible. I would actually recommend this as a very entertainingly bad movie. The dubbed version is even funnier since the voices don’t match the facial expressions.