I Love Maria

I LOVE MARIA aka ROBOFORCE
(TIE JIA WU DI MA LI A) 1988

Director: David Chung

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



I Love Maria was kind of stinkeroo, a gangland science fiction story about a girl Robocop played by Sally Yeh, who gets to battle a giant robot, & is assisted by nurdy slapstick male leads played by Tsui Hark (goofy gangster who's not a bad guy) & John Sham (goofy policeman).

Terrible FX don't matter all that much since it's exclusively for laughs, but I couldn't help wishing for a story that was at least a tiny bit engaging.

One would expect only adolescent boys or small children incapable of discernment to appreciate the robot battles & the fantasy of having one's very own girl robot. It'd might even seem like the only adults who could possibly love it would be nose-pickin' pervs who are scared shitless of living women & so fantasize having a programmable sex puppet instead.

Yet I have to confess, I did like the intentionally hoky design for the sexpot robot girl & the mile-a-minute physicality of the gung-ho comic actors. Everybody seems to be having a lot of fun making this idiotic live-action cartoon, & their enjoyment is infectious.

Sally Yeh is cute as a button in the foolish costume. Overall, the extreme trashiness mixed with sentimentality rather made up for the bad story, hammy overacting, high percentage of misfiring jokes, & ridiculousness of the action.

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