One of the more tame Sushi Typhoon releases to come out of the blood and sex-crazed Japanese filmmaking collective is Karate-Robo Zaborgar. This done on digital comedy is a goofy homage to kids' sci-fi series like Kamen Rider, with our dashing, daring hero teaming up with a silent robot to fight rubbery menaces.
Writer-director Noboru Iguchi gives us something like the low-budget transforming robot version of The Dark Knight Returns, splitting the plot between its 70's-set first third and the back third which sees hero Yutaka Daimon (Itsuji Itato) come out of retirement after 25 years to battle a mutant mechanical menace. I had a chance to check it out at last year's Seattle International Film Fest and while it maybe wears out its welcome a little, it's the funniest and most focused of the Sushi Typhoon releases.
You can find Blu-ray and DVD details for this September 11th release after the jump.
Well Go USA's Blu-ray and DVD release will include trailers for other Sushi Typhoon releases and the Go, ZABORGAR Go! Short Films shorts.
Following the death of his scientist father, secret police officer Yutaka Daimon inherits a mighty robot warrior named “Zaborgar.” Equipped with an array of super weapons, an expertise in karate, and the power to transform into a motorcycle, Zaborgar assists Daimon in his fight against Sigma, the evil organization responsible for his father’s death.
After uncovering a plot by Sigma to steal the DNA of Japanese politicians and use it in a giant robot weapon, Daimon faces off against Miss Borg, a beautiful female robot under the control of Dr. Akunomiya, the twisted leader of Sigma. Despite being on opposite sides of the law, Daimon and Miss Borg fall in love—a development that spells an end to the once inseparable crime-fighting team of Daimon and Zaborgar.
Twenty-five years later, the now-disgraced Daimon has been reduced to working as a chauffeur for corrupt Prime Minister Wakasugi. But Sigma, having at last finished its giant robot, is now preparing to unleash it upon the world. With no one left to oppose them, a worn, middle-aged Daimon is forced out of retirement and into service as a crime-fighter one last time. But will Zaborgar forgive and forget, and aid Daimon in his quest to maintain righteousness and save the world from total destruction?
From director Noboru Iguchi, creator of the international hits THE MACHINE GIRL and ROBO-GEISHA, comes a hilariously over-the-top tribute to the transforming robots of 1970’s Japanese television, and an exciting action/comedy that will stir the heart of anyone who longs for justice dispensed at the short end of a swift robot karate kick!