Film #250: KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR aka DENJIN ZABOGA: GEKIJI-BAN
Karate-Robo Zaborgar (aka Denjin Zabôgâ: Gekijô-ban)
3 out of 5 stars
The wild and wacky Sushi Typhoon and director Noboru Iguchi (SUKEBAN BOY, THE MACHINE GIRL, ROBOGEISHA, and MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD) jump into the Japanese robot super hero market with this modern spin on a classic genre. The FX (both CG and practical) are just cheesy enough to bring out a smile, but not so bad as to illicit groans. One thing to the film’s detriment… Noboru Iguchi is not exactly known for his subtlety. Anyone who’s seen his other films will vouch for that. And yet, KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR is obviously made for a younger audience. As a result, the bits feel restrained and the audience winds up feeling a bit cheated. Like, “That was fun, but imagine what he would have done without the constraints.” Still, the film is enjoyable and just the right amount of goofy. Little ones may question things like missiles coming out of women’s breasts, but anyone pre-teen or up should be fine. Who knows… it may spark an interest in a young person to investigate things like ULTRAMAN. Again, enjoyable, but be warned that things get a little silly sometimes.