I still vividly remember this, I was kid creeping through the cable channels around 1 AM and stumbled across this on HBO/Cinemax. And it just so happens to be at the part of going into the "bed room" scene. Finished watching that part and was thinking to myself "What in the fuck..." and hastily peered around the house & turned the channel swift as fuck. Wasn't about to get caught, imagine having to explain that shit.
What starts as a seductive and stylish neo-noir - that has its weird moments - transits itself into an epic interspace battle filed with body horror. And only to be concluded as a romantic eulogy, with the twist in the middle that cheapens the entire plot. Animation and the soundtrack - which covers its time period from synth to pop ballads - are here to add a flavor that has earned a cult status for this film.
(ReVu en DVD) Sans doute pas le meilleur Kawajiri (Ninja scroll, Blood Lust), mais un véritable concentré des obsessions et du style du réalisateur avec des scènes particulièrement mémorables (notamment les scènes mêlant gore et érotisme: la 1ere séquence du film est culte à cet égard et a marqué une génération de spectateurs!) Sinon, mise en scène toujours aussi efficace et (bien sûr) ultra-stylée comme il se doit.
Neo-noir meets demonic-monster horror... only to come from the mind of Kawajiri (best known for NINJA SCROLL of course). While the animation still holds its place in anime's history, there were at times it has some little flaws in between a good story it told as it shows enough steamy sex scenes & gnarly creatures for which some audiences would have a bit of a mixed reaction. I don't mind giving another shot at it.
Visually appealing and interesting main story. Although the female characters are overly sexualized and even strong female characters turn up to be weak. Thus feeding on the idea that women are weak by nature and man are romantic playboys. Then again this movie dates back to 1987 and so it definetly fits in the standart of that era.
The saddest thing about Wicked City is that within the first thirty minutes you feel as if you're being set up for THE greatest spot-on noir OVA you've never seen. Unfortunately, by the end it devolves into the excessive demon rape and anime tropes that characterize its era. That said, this is still an awesome film, at least for those of us who actually enjoy this sort of thing. A classic supernatural action anime.