this if you will, a group of young males sitting around late one
Friday night. Too late, a mess of Pizza boxes and empty
stubbies litter a coffee table somewhere in suburbia. At some
stage a male broke ranks and in a fit of sobriety made a vain
attempt to find the elusive remote control with the intention of
finding something interesting to watch on the tube.
the days before DVD and way past my patience with Pan & Scan
VHS! Tuning in to old faithful Rage we were quickly dismayed to
find them in the throws of Rap marathon of sorts. Naturally we
changed the channel! It was at this point when out of the haze
somebody boldly suggested we try SBS for the obvious reasons,
you could hear a pin drop...we changed the channel and the rest
as the say is history...
back on that night I don't think anything could have prepared us
for what we were about to witness that fateful Friday night.
But obviously we were the victims of some sort of celestial
alignment. Its higher purpose not yet revealed, as we tuned in
at just the right time to witness the film that I'm reviewing
for you here, A Weatherwoman.
think any of us have ever truly recovered from those 80 odd
minutes of cerebral mayhem witnessed that night. Hopefully
those that have already seen this film will know what I'm
talking about and take pity on our poor wretched souls.
uninitiated I'll do my best to
this film that was unbeknownst to us at the time, a Japanese
Cult sensation. Straight off the bat I would like to make it
known that I bring an unhealthy amount of bias to this review.
As I love this film and as you can probably tell, it has become
very dear to me over the years.
Weatherwoman details the meteoric rise of a fill in weather
girl; the over sexed Keiko.
Who in an effort to retain the coveted position of weatherwoman
for the local TV network decides to flash her pretty little
panties when signing off from reading the weather.
As the film
progresses Keiko turns the weather report segment of the nightly
news into an all singing, all dancing extravaganza. With the
viewers at home lapping it up as networks ratings soar, the
incumbent weathergirl Michiko is shown the door. Keiko then
takes over full time as the networks weatherwoman.
Incredulous at the degeneration of her fathers network. The
network chairman's daughter plots with Michiko to oust this
little panty-flashing upstart and put Michiko back where she
belongs. And that
my humble reader is the basic premise of the film, what follows
next can only be described as pure madness. The film crams in
an abundance of slapstick
martial arts and some fairly soft porn girl-girl action.
Weatherwoman has sequences that you must see to believe.
Divulging them here will only diminish their impact upon
viewing. Rest assured that the content of the film justifies
its R rating. And I take no responsibility for any injuries
sustained whether they are physical or emotional as a result of
viewing this masterpiece. All I will say though is that it
definitely isn't for the prudish or those that are offended by
the use of enemas...Look I've said enough already...The rest you
will have to experience for yourself.
you've had more preparation than what I did upon my first
hasn't been delivered to DVD very well for its debut in region
four. A shame really as this film deserves to survive the ages
and be passed down in the best way possible. Presented in its
original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 letterboxed, i.e. without 16:9
enhancement, the transfer in a word is disappointing.
mpeg artefacts mar the transfer to DVD and the print used for
the transfer obviously wasn’t in the best of shape. One can
only hope for a complete restoration when it inevitably arrives
on any one of the impending HD disc formats.
provided in two forms, a Dolby Digital 2.0 Japanese track and an
English Dolby Digital 2.0 track as well. The English track is
laughable and makes the film even more absurd. However for this
review I stuck with the original Japanese language track, backed
up by an English subtitle stream, which did the job nicely. The
quality of the audio is average at best with the dated fidelity
of highlighting the films age.
quality of the transfer and the lack of any real extras. I
would find it hard to justify shelling out the clams for this
gem at full price. It is definitely worth a rental. However if
you happen to see it on sale somewhere make sure you grab
yourself a copy of it to tie you over until a full restoration
of this classic is done.