Kyonyû doragon: Onsen zonbi vs sutorippâ 5 (2010) (USA)
The Big Tits Dragon: Hot Spring Zombies vs Strippers 5 Big Tits Zombie
My disappointment in this movie was contributed to by the fact that the 3-D scenes in the movie didn't work. The aspect ratio of the projection was off in the theater I saw this at, with the result that instead of seeing things in three dimensions, I just saw quadruple images in different colors. Nevertheless, I can safely say that I would have been disappointed anyway. The English translation of the original title is The Big Tits Dragon: Hot Spring Zombies vs Strippers 5, so I was expecting some silly raunchy fun. Silly? Yes. Raunchy? Slightly. Fun? Not really.
The movie has the basic idea right; a group of strippers has to stop the zombie horde that they accidentally raised from the dead. Note to the reader: if you ever find an ancient book in Latin next to a Well of Souls, think twice before reading aloud the spell labeled "Raising the Dead". Anyway, the humor just never really gelled for me. There were some funny scenes here and there, and other scenes were of the so-gross-it's-funny sort. There was one outrageous scene that I won't describe, but it's a shame that it wasn't in a better movie. After those moments, though, the humor would fade and I would be slightly bored again.
Director/writer Takao Nakano did at least give the strippers distinct personalities, which surprised me the first time I saw it in a stripper/zombie movie, but does no longer. And why should it? Just because the movie makes no pretensions at sophistication doesn't mean some work shouldn't be put into making the strippers seem like real people. I can't remember the main protagonist's name, but she's played by Io Aikawa, and she's a rough-edged, practical woman with a penchant for getting drunk and ending up in bed with the wrong man. She does wonders with a chainsaw. There's also the rival stripper, the stripper who sends money home to her family, the bookish stripper with a dark side, and Nene, the older, wiser stripper who's a mother hen to them all. Being able to separate them mentally from each other does help out the interest level, but you still don't ever really get emotionally behind any of them, since the movie just can't be taken seriously that way.
There isn't too much more to the plot than I've aleady described. There are some nice fight scenes and some inventive gore, but if you've seen enough zombie films, that's nothing new. It's meant to be a silly movie based around nudity and gore, and it just doesn't really deliver.