Ready for some crazy, I mean CRAZY – cinema from Asia? Warning: these images may disturb you a bit…
Take minute to compose yourself. I understand. You have NO idea of what I could have shown. TOKYO GORE POLICE is the Citizen Kane of crazy asian cinema.
Tokyo Gore Police – 2008. This is the story of samurai-sword-wielding Ruka and her mission to avenge her father’s assassination. Ruka is a cop with a mission – destroy homicidal mutant humans known as “engineers” – who just so happen to possess the ability to transform any injury into a weapon.
One of the exciting things about exploring world cinema is that you get to see a different world view, often through the filter of that country’s attitude toward sex and violence, and their social and political issues as well.
These films mirror what we were seeing here in the US in the 70’s – tough grindhouse stuff like “The Candy Snatchers”, “Last House On The Left” and even mainstream films like “A Clockwork Orange”- movies that were in your face, over-the-top and pushing boundaries. They were also mirroring, in their own way, the turmoil that was underway in the country. That is true in many ways for these new Asian films as well.
A lot of these movies focus on the deteriorating family, societal order that is crumbling, a fear of youth, and of course, the need to push boundaries…and push boundaries is exactly what TOKYO GORE POLICE does so well.
Amazon is a great place to find these films, many of which would be X-rated for over-the-top violence, but there is actually very little sexual activity, some graphic nudity, and tons of gore.
I will be posting a series of updates on the best of what is currently out there…
This review of TOKYO GORE POLICE is from Amazon’s site:
From the producers of “Machine Girl” and “Death Trance” comes a film that is so outrageously bizarre, full of “pink” violence, blood-splattering horror effects, TRULY bizarre characters, that will definitely make some people stop the film, others will cheer, but no one can deny that the film is brilliant in a very different and original way. If you think you are ready for “TOKYO GORE POLICE” then you have another think coming. Once you see the film’s opening act of dismembered full frontal nudity with lots of blood and gore, you may get the idea that you are in for something very unusual. So, Do I have your attention yet??
Director Yoshihiro Nishimura will be featured many times coming up, as he also directed a number of other crazy asian classics!