Jamie Luk Kim Ming's Robotrix is a category III classic to many, and tasteless trash to many more. I lean towards the latter camp but it certainly does have it's moments of fun, both intentional and otherwise.
A Japanese robot engineer develops a technique to transfer his mind into a cyborg (Billy Chow). He goes on a murderous crime spree in his new seemingly invincible body. One of his victims is a cop (Chikako Aoyama). She too is made into a cyborg and along with her cop boyfriend (David Wu) and another cyborg (Amy Yip) they set out to end Billy Chow's reign of terror. Trying to describe the plot of Robotrix is extremely difficult as it's such a jumbled mess of ideas stolen from many science fiction films, the obvious one being Robocop. Add in some horny, comedy cops, gory violence and ample sex and nudity and what you end up with is a mess.
A low budget sleaze fest, with mostly laughable filmmaking and production values. A perfect example of this is the early scene of the supposedly futuristic robot design show, which is hilariously funny. To be fair it's a quite ambitious undertaking to make a film in this genre, especially on a low budget, but this is where the quality of the screenplay needed to be better. The film feels thrown together, with the slight story not being enough to sustain a ninety minute running time, many scenes feel padded well beyond their welcome.
The film certainly delivers on it's category III elements and these are obviously all important to a film like this. Plenty of gory violence, albeit with some cheap looking effects and more than it's fair share of sex scenes and nudity. Yet again Amy Yip frustrates her legion of fans by managing to cover herself up by any means possible, although the ample charms of Chikako Aoyama make up for this to some extent. A particularly nasty scene between Billy Chow's cyborg and a hooker provides a gobsmacking reminder that they don't make them like this anymore!
Robotrix is a perfect example of why I don't have a rating system for movies, how would you score a film like this? In terms of the quality of story telling and filmmaking skill involved, it's terrible. On the other hand, while it has virtually no redeeming features, it is pretty hilarious and even though much of the humour is unintentional, there is undeniable fun to be had here. With a film like this, you know exactly what you're in for and if you're in the right frame of mind, you could certainly waste an hour and a half on a lot worse, this says more for me than any rating I could give it.