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Karate-Robo Zaborgar

Score: 65%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Well Go USA
Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/1
Running Time: 1 Hr., 54 Mins.
Genre: Comedy/Action/Anime
Audio: Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio
           5.1, Japanese Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English


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Based on the 1970’s Japanese television show Denjin Zaborger, the 2011 film Karate-Robo Zaborgar is nothing short of astonishing. I can’t begin to describe the eye-popping visuals that make the cyborgs of this throwback film scream… Oh, wait. That was my brain as it was pummeled by the insanity that is Karate-Robo Zaborgar. It takes a special kind of moviegoer to understand and enjoy the draw of a film like this.

Pssst… By the way, I lied about the visuals.

The film follows Yutaka Daimon (Itsuji Itao: Tokyo Gore Police) and his robotic, transforming partner as they take on the evil Sigma. Converting back and forth between motorcycle and robot, Zaborgar packs a (hand-launching) punch against the forces of evil as the dastardly organization named Sigma attempts to drain the life out of top-ranking leaders by stealing their DNA as they get sucked up by a tractor beam. Did I mention that Sigma is attempting to create a Godzilla-sized cyborg that will allow the takeover of the world?

Yes, they are... and, yes, that is the real plot.

Standing in the way of Daimon and Karate-Robo Zaborgar are a host of enemies including three female cyborgs loosely dressed as American football players and a large bulldog-looking truck with arms, all of which are taken from the original television show. Led by the evil Dr. Akunomiya (Akira Emoto: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi), the lead cyborg actually ends up falling for Daimon with the result being a set of twins… one cyborg and the other human.

I’m still trying to figure that one out.

Along with a few plot twists, Karate-Robo Zaborgar is the type of film that purposely and knowingly strives for extremes when it comes to cheesiness. If you don’t mind having your cerebrum twisted around like spaghetti noodles around a fork, then Karate-Robo Zaborgar may be worth a look. To be humble, I tend to like corny movies if they have a good storyline, but this one is over the top. The funny thing is, it is so over the top that the film eventually becomes intriguingly… enjoyable.

Well, that last one may be another story based on personal taste, and so is this score. Take it with a grain of salt.

-Woody, GameVortex Communications
AKA Shane Wodele

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