Robotrix (1991)

November 17, 2003 • Film, Reviews

Director: Jamie Luk
Writer: Jamie Luk, Siu Man Sing
Cast: Amy Yip, Chikako Aoyama, David Wu.
Running Time: 94 min.

Plot: A mad scientist transfers his mind to a wicked robot, which then embarks on a program of kidnaping, rape and murder, during which a female detective is killed. To fight the robot, the police woman’s corpse is then made into a robotrix…

A worthless, unfunny movie about robot humans and girls with big breasts, this movie has gained a cult following for the teasing appearance of Amy Yip (an actress famous for, among other things, getting her breasts insured for a million dollars apiece) and Billy Chow’s violent kung fu scenes and his violent rape scenes. Kind of like Escape From the Brothel, except that Escape From the Brothel worked better as exploitation cinema than Robotrix does. Robotrix is, unfortunately, paralyzed by a lot of stupid, stupid attempts at humor, coupled with a lack of a decent visual style (it has the amateurish B-movie look cultivated by schlock-king Roger Corman and adopted for W.D. Richter’s cult film, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension). A lot of hype surrounds the movie, but the hype is more interesting than the actual movie.

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