Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tokyo Gore Police

Foreign Film from Japan - Japanese Title: Tokyo zankoku keisatsu
Language - Japanese with English Subtitles or English [Dubbed]
Genre - Action/Horror
Year Released - 2008
Running Time - 109 minutes
Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Written by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Kengo Kaji, and Sayako Nakoshi
Cast Includes:
Eihi Shiina (whom you will immediately recognize from Audition - she is also in Kitamura's Sky High)
Itsuji Itao (Death Note)
Shoko Nakahara
Yokihide Benny
Shun Sugata (Kitamura's Alive, Kill Bill, Ichi the Killer, Kairo/"Pulse", and The Last Samurai)

Rating: 3 Skulls

Plot Summary:
When a crazed scientist called Key Man develops a virus that causes humans to mutate, samurai, sword-wielding cop Ruka is called in to annihilate the unnatural creatures.
Can Ruka wipe out the mutations and stop Key Man before the virus takes over humanity?
Little does Ruka know, though, that the slaying of her father years before means that she shares a hidden bond with her nemesis.

Review
In the same vein as Iguchi's The Machine Girl [which, in my opinion, is a better movie] Tokyo Gore Police is a fast-paced gore fest!

The film starts off in a futuristic Japanese utopian society, where the police force is a corporation. At the very beginning of the film, the police are attempting to take out a chainsaw wielding maniac, when Ruka [who we find out is an "engineer hunter"] shows up. All of the action is taking place, high up in an abandoned building, so what does Ruka do? She takes a bazooka and places it, barrel-down against the ground, so that when she fires it, the force launches her up into the building. . . I kid you not - this is the type of insane, crazy action that fills this film! :-)

The film has excess amounts of arterial blood-spray [just wait till you see what Ruka does to a guy who grabs her butt!] and over-the-top gore! [If you enjoyed The Machine Girl, then you should have no problem with this film!]

There are also bizarre commercials interspersed throughout the film [think Robocop & Starship Troopers] These commercials however are out there! [for instance, there is one for stylish "wrist-cutters" that come in three different colors, and another one for remote control - think Wii - execution!]

What really sets this film apart though, are the "mutants"! I was tempted to plug in a bunch of pictures, though I decided it is best for you just to see for yourself. . . Just to give you an idea though, there is a girl with a penis for a nose - a snail girl - a woman with a crocodile mouth where her vagina should be - and a man whose penis is lopped off, and in it's place grows an enormous shotgun penis. . . I am not joking! [oh yeah, there is also a woman whose breasts squirt out acid!]

This is one warped film! [definitely not for the squeamish!]

Here's the insane trailer:


Also, during the end credits, the film states: more gore coming soon [in case this excites anyone] :-)

Jason

12 comments:

Sir Jorge said...

i just reviewed that, the post is coming tomorrow sometime and i enjoyed it. Even though it was disturbing at times.

thebonebreaker said...

Yeah, it definitely had its disturbing moments. . .

I'll be looking forward to reading your take on it :-)

J

Rev. Fred Phantom said...

I loved Machine Girl so this one should be right up my alley. Nice review.

This one is going right on the ol' Netflix queue, asap.

the jaded viewer said...

I just reviewed this too! It's going to be posted on Friday. I think we're all in agreement about this one. It's 100x better than Machine Girl.

You'd think continuous arterial spraying would get boring after a while, but it actually doesn't.

And the commercial with the Slasher Wii was hilarious.

the jaded viewer

1minutefilmreview said...

Interesting review J. We loved Eihi Shiina.

thebonebreaker said...

Fred,

I am sure that you will definitely enjoy this one! :-)

J

thebonebreaker said...

JV,

Awesome! I'll be looking forward to your review, on Friday!

Though, while gorier than Machine Girl, I liked the storyline of Machine Girl better!

[and no, I don't think arterial blood spray ever gets old] :-)

Also, the slasher Wii game was just disturbing!

J

thebonebreaker said...

Thanks 1 minute!

Yes, Eihi Siina is something else!

J

Bearded Weirdo Reviews said...

Been dying to see this for a while now. So far, I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy, but as soon as I do I'm definitely planning to review it.

I saw Machine Girl though. Like that a lot. Not perfect, but definitely a rippin' good time!

thebonebreaker said...

William,

If you have Netflix, it is available through them. . .

If you enjoyed Machine Girl, then you will enjoy this one as well.

I'll be anxiously awaiting your review!!

J

Bearded Weirdo Reviews said...

WOOHOO! I just got Tokyo Gore Police in the mail yesterday. If things go as I hope, I should get around to sitting down n' watching it this Friday and, hopefully, I'll have my review up by next Monday.

thebonebreaker said...

Good News William ~ Good News!! :-)

I will be looking forward to reading your thoughts on this one!

J