Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge

The first commentary I did for this blog was for Yasujirō Ozu’s Tokyo Story, a slow, plodding serious art house film that explores generational relationships in 1950’s era Japan. Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge is about as far from that as it gets. It’s all about fun, and coming up with three reasons for it is exceptionally easy. For starters, it’s called Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge. I mean, how cool is that? Moreover, it features an attractive school girl/warrior who throws daggers from a garter belt holster and fights a villain who is heralded by the snow, descends from the moon, and sports a chainsaw as his weapon of choice. Still, as awesome as all that sounds, I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie fell flat on it’s face at the box office, as I would imagine it might have a hard time finding its audience. Those judging from the title and the front cover and who are looking for something like Tokyo Gore Police are going to be disappointed. The film is neither gory nor particularly scary. In fact, it winds up being rather charming. Ian Jane in a review on rockshockpop describes the film as “a bizarre amalgamation of different genres with an emphasis on action and, oddly enough, romantic comedy.” And that’s a pretty good description. The characters are likable, and the film deals effectively with themes of loss and survivor guilt through the interactions of characters and through liberal doses of magical realism.  I wouldn’t go so far as to elevate it to cult classic status. The film does have its flaws. Wire-fu has certainly been done better, and I found the intrusion of what can only be described as a music video into the middle of the movie a little distracting. Nevertheless, overall it kept me entertained and wanting to see how everything was going to turn out in the end. Todd Rigney said of it in his review at beyondhollywood that “emo horror nerds and their Asian girlfriends are going to love it.” I hope so. It’s a fun movie that deserves to find an audience somewhere.



beyondhollywood review
rockshockpop review


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