Running Time: 99 minutes
MPAA Rating: NR (likely NC-17)
Format: Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Surround
Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Region: 1
MSRP: $24.95 (OOP)

Own It!
Robotrix (1991)

Think of it as Robocop with sex scenes.

In the near future, androids are becoming increasingly common. Master scientist turned master criminal Ryuichi Yamamoto places his mind in a super-powerful android body after committing hara-kiri (only the thoughts of dead people can be so transferred). He then kidnaps the only son of an oil sheik, killing lady cop Linda in the process. Of course, Linda's mind is soon similarly ensconced in a super-strong robot body, and the fight scenes begin! Linda's new body is, ah, very anatomically correct, fooling even her boyfriend. Realizing Ryuichi is the 'psychic killer' slaughtering prostitutes, android Anna (the amazingly endowed Amy Yip) volunteers to pose as a whore, as she is curious about this love-making thing Linda keeps talking about. Even Anna's creator, Dr. Sara, has a nude scene when the captured Ryuichi turns the tables and rapes her in an extended bondage scene.

Robotrix is a well-done HK action flick that brings to life adult-oriented Japanese anime; but don't fool yourself - the reason this flick has been a best-seller among horny gwailo fanboys for years is that rape scene.

Appealingly, given the condition of some source prints used for HK laserdiscs, this print of Robotrix is practically flawless, with only a occasional tendency toward a soft picture marring the experience. The subtitles are clear and legible, but still contain the odd English-as-a-second-language translations that many (myself included) consider an essential part of the HK film experience. Though there are 10 chapter stops, the interactive menu only lists nine - with number nine, of course, providing easy access to that infamous rape scene.

There is a theatrical trailer for Robotrix, which does not contain subtitles, and trailers for three other Media Asia films: Midnight Girls, 3 Days of A Blind Girl, and Cherry Blossom.

Dr. Freex, 4/5/00