Based on a video game, VOLTAGE FIGHERS! GOWCAIZER: THE MOVIE is a Japanese animated melange of futuristic design, super-powered teen warriors, impenetrable psychobabble, and gratuitous nudity detailing the conflict between a sinister guru and his special students in a post-apocalyptic
In an earthquake-devastated 21st century Tokyo, an elite school for teens with special skills serves as the battleground for confrontations among a select group of teens trained and manipulated by the mysterious teacher Master Ohga (voice of KB Nau) and given the Caizer stone which can transform
them into costumed superbeings. Ohga tests the development of martial artist Isato Kaiza (voice of Ted Lewis) by sending brother-and-sister team Ryo (voice of Billy Regan) and Suzu Asahina (voice of Carla Hall) to challenge him. In the ensuing battle, Isato's burst of strength is so unexpected
that it results in Ryo's death.
Kyosuke Shigure (voice of Joseph Morgan), another anointed teen, has vowed revenge on Master Ohga for the death of his sister whose life force was needed, so Ohga claimed, to give Kyosuke greater power. In the climactic all-out assault on Ohga's massive tower headquarters, Kyosuke is assisted by
the remaining super-powered teens, Isato, aka "Gowcaizer"; Kash Mizutani, aka "Hellstinger" (voice of Vinnie Penna); Karin Son (voice of Apollo Smile); Shaia Hishizaki (voice of Debbora Rabbai); and Kyosuke's dog, Kubira (voice of Tracy Poverstein), who has taken human female form. Kyosuke defeats
Ohga, while Isato battles Suzu, until she returns to normal and shifts her sympathy to Isato.
A host of handsome, if somewhat effeminate, young male warriors and attractive, buxom fighting girls, all adorned in tight-fitting, fetishistic costumes, engage in super-powered battles for the entertainment of a young teen audience so immersed in the video game culture that they might actually
see the hidden wisdom in the film's incomprehensible dialogue. For less high-minded fans, the frequent casual nudity of the boisterous female characters may be a point of interest. Director Masami Ohbari's earlier, similarly themed productions, FATAL FURY (1994) and BATTLE ARENA TOSHINDEN (1997),
also derived from video games, were less wildly imaginative but offered more coherent storylines. (Violence, nudity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Review: Based on a video game, VOLTAGE FIGHERS! GOWCAIZER: THE MOVIE is a Japanese animated melange of futuristic design, super-powered teen warriors, impenetrable psychobabble, and gratuitous nudity detailing the conflict between a sinister guru and his special s… (more)