Title: Girls Rebel Force of Competitive Swimmers

Also known as:
Joshikyoei Hanrangun
Attack Girls Swim Team vs the Unliving Dead
Nihombie 2
Nihonbi 2
Undead Pool

Year: 2007

Genre: Horror / Comedy / Zombies

Language: Japanese

Runtime: 78 min

Director: Koji Kawano

Writer: Satoshi Owada

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1134826/

What seems like a normal, typical, High School becomes the center for a deadly new virus that causes both the student body and faculty to become blood-thirsty zombies. It's up to the new girl and the girls swim team to stop the person behind this out break, and to help return everyone back to normal with the help of the school's pool water.

Our thoughts:
It seems so odd, I came across the movie "Girls Rebel Force of Competitive Swimmers" sometime ago by sheer accident. I wasn't looking for anything specific while browsing the net, and the title happened to catch my eye. I hadn't heard of the movie until then, and it seemed not many other people had either. Then almost over night, the movie was huge and could be found every where, almost achieving a cult status in the blink of an eye, much like "Machine Girl".

Clearly the movie was made with intentions of being a cult classic, and never being a mainstream title with it being labeled as a b-movie zombie epic, with porn elements. Which I must say, both claims are untrue. Yes, there are zombies, but this is not a great b-movie by any means and the movie does feature an decent amount of sex, but nothing much worse than your sub-standard softcore flick. Now I'm sure I've already angered a number of people by saying this is not a great movie like it is claimed to be, since it really isn't. Much like "Zombie Self-Defense Force" I couldn't help but feel the people behind the camera were just trying way to hard to make a campy cult classic.

There is enough material contained within this little odd-ball flick to make it an entertaining watch, but not much else and is easily forgettable. To look at the title "Girls Rebel Force of Competitive Swimmers", one would think that you are going to see a high school swim team fighting an onslaught of zombies. Which would have been nice but there isn't much in the way of zombie action or a girl's swim team. For most of the movie it's just two girls running around the school while zombies attack both the student body and faculty alike. All hope is not lost, as you do get some decent blood spray and some occasional flesh eating. Though do to either lack of filming experience with special effects, or just budget constraints most of the time the good stuff happens off screen. So we only get to see body parts getting thrown into frame, with some reaction shots of people getting hosed down in blood. Which, granted, is better than nothing but certainly not quite as to what the movie is hyped up to be or at least it actually should be.

Though they created an interesting way of dealing with the zombies by having the school's pool water reverse the zombie effects. What's amusing is that it's far from being the strangest part of what can only be loosely called a story, to be fair though, it's obvious the movie's selling point wasn't suppose to be an engaging story. It seems that its composed of several different plot points that really aren't related to each other but managed to be connected in such a way that it allows it to work in a movie like this. We're given stories of a friendship turning into a love interest, a story of one woman being abducted and turned into a super soldier, to the revenge plot involving zombies. In the end though, the movie manages to pull it all off in a manner than can only be appreciated by b-movie aficionados and those under the influence.

While I don't believe this movie really deserves the praise it receives, and the cult status it has managed to achieve in such a short amount of time, it's not a bad movie. It is guilty of trying its hardest to be a b-movie, and be on the same level as the movies created by Lloyd Kaufmam, but it is still entertaining. There is enough bad humor, insane story-lines, and characters that you'll be laughing, especially if watched with a group of people looking for a night of bad cinema.

Positive things:
- Decent amount of blood and body parts thrown around.
- Isn't a porno like it's claimed to be, but does feature a decent amount of sex in it.
- The female teacher who becomes infected, and runs around screaming really bad, broken English.
Negative things:
- Most of the action happens off screen.
- Tries too hard to be a campy-cult classic.

Gore: 2.5/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2/5

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