A group of girls are attacked by crazed androids. One survives and begs to be transformed into an android herself, to seek revenge on her friends’ killers. She takes the name Samurai Princess and sets out on a mission of vengeance.
Written and directed by Kengo Kaji, Samurai Princess is an Ero guro-influenced action film. Ero guro (short for Ero Guro Nansensu) is a Japanese/English term for the decadent artistic and literary movement from 1920s and ‘30s Japan. Its influence has spread into pop culture, where the term is commonly used to describe manga and movies with themes of deviancy, mutation, and horror. That’s Samurai Princess, in a nutshell. The titular android warrior is played by porn star Aino Kishi – her X-rated charms largely covered up with gloopy bits of gore.
Plotwise, it’s set in alternate universe, during the Samurai era. A group of girls is attacked while playing in the Forest of Infinity. All but one are butchered horribly, their corpses turned into a grotesque sculpture (or, to be exact, a big pile of body parts) by their killers, who consider themselves avant-garde artists. When the bodies are discovered, one girl is still alive – just. Her rescuers are a Buddhist nun and a scientist who just happens to specialise in creating androids from body parts.
The girl begs for the chance to avenge her murdered friends and the pair recreate her as an android with inbuilt weaponry (including removable breast grenades and a circular saw that extends from her ribcage). Not only does the scientist use limbs from her dead comrades, but the nun places the souls of the eleven dead girls inside her too. The newly born android calls herself Samurai Princess and sets out for revenge. But she isn’t the only mutant creation around – and she’ll soon have to reckon with the others.
Oh, and look out for the man dismembered and reduced to a torso, just like in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.