Based on the homonymous ero guro tankobon (one-shot) manga, “Mai Chan’s Daily Life” is a definite Japanese splatter, where no punches are pulled, whatsoever.
The script, as usual in similar films, is basic, since its only purpose is to provide a background for the violence. In that fashion, Miyako reads an ad on the internet requesting a maid for a mansion. She finds it interesting and applies, and after she passes a number of tests, including one when she is measured all over while naked, becomes a maid in the house. The other members of the establishment include the Master of the residence, Kaede, the head-maid, and Mai. As Kaede soon discovers, the latter is an immortal that regenerates no matter what injuries Kaede inflicts upon her, in a tendency that both Kaede and the master seem to indulge in. Miyako soon finds herself sharing their onerous sentiments.
Sado Sato directs a truly horrible film, which reveals itself from the introductory scene and never ceases to shock, with its mixture of abnormal eroticism and grotesque torture. Obviously, there is no depth here, just violence combined with lesbian notions and much fanservice.
The film is obviously low budget, a fact exemplified by the stereo sound, but the other departments do a nice job of depicting the distorted atmosphere Sato wanted to present. In that fashion, Zerai Naoi’s special effects are great, particularly the depiction of blood, Anzu has done a great job on the costumes, and Yuqwe. composed some fitting tracks that move in noise or baroque style. The fact that most of the violent scenes are in black and white stresses their effect, and the way the various chapters are introduced, in silent movie style, is quite fitting.
Although, there is not much acting involved, gorgeous Miyako Ayane as Miyako, An Koshi as Mai-chan, Soaco Roman as Kaede and Shogo Maruyama as Master do a nice job of portraying the tortures. Particularly An Koshi, who is the main victim of the tortures, is the one who actually steals the show.
“Mai Chan’s Daily Life” is a genuine splatter film, a film so difficult to watch, that you have to watch it.
Midori Implus offers “Mai Chan’s Daily Life” on a gorgeous, limited edition package that features artwork by Yoshiki Takahashi, and includes a 12-page Mediabook in German, by Jeroen Van Kempen
The disc is a DVD-9, RegionFree, in PAL, and the picture 1,78:1 (anamorph / 16:9). The Japanese sound is Dolby Digital 2.0. The edition includes both English and German subtitles.
The package features two editions: the theatrical one (55 min) and the Director’s Cut (63 min), an audio commentary, footage from the film’s premiere in Japan Filmfest Hamburg, which is organized by Midori Implus, an interview with director Sade Sato, behind the scenes footage, and two trailers.
Overall, the whole package is a true work of art.