TOKYO GORE POLICE
Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Written by Yoshihiro Nishimura and Kengo Kaji
Cinematography by Shu G. Momose
Music by Koh Nakagawa
Cast: Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Yukihide Benny, Jui Bu, Keisuke Horibe
2008/109 Mins/Color/Dolby Digital Surround Sound
1.78:1 anamorphic/Japanese/Japan/NTSC Region 1
Review from Tokyo Shock/ Media Blasters DVD
In a not so distant future, the police have been privatized and are now called the Tokyo Police Corporation. They wage a bloody and violent war with a group of mutants called “engineers” who have the ability to transform their wounds into weapons. Their best cop in battling them is the lovely Ruka (Eihi Shiina), whose dad, a police chief was murdered years ago. She goes off to battle and defeat these creatures and along the way learns the truth about what happened to her dad.
Following in the footsteps of MACHINE GIRL, this is yet another gore drenched exercise from the Land of the Rising Sun. The beginning to this movie is fucking great! It’s actually a pretty bizarre and, sometimes, ridiculous film. There is some great satirical, somewhat sick, sense of ROBOCOP-style humor that is demonstrated through TV ads for suicide and capital punishment!
The acting is mostly adequate. AUDITION’s Shiina is particularly good in her role, though, as the film’s ass kicking heroine. And, she has never looked hotter, as is best evident by the scene where she goes undercover as a sexy hooker. But, of course the real star of the film is the gore. Which should be fairly obvious considering the word is in the fucking title! Squibs, multiple dismemberment, chainsaw mayhem, castration, bisection, and blood spraying geysers all dominate the screen. Beyond all that there is some seriously weird and bizarre shit like the mutant sex club and a pair of tits that spray acid! The FX work ranges from good to what seems to be purposely cheesy. The movie does tend to, at times, suffer from some overkill. And it is a bit uneven, for sure, but it’s also highly entertaining and enjoyable. Plus, it is always a visually fascinating experience.
TOKYO GORE POLICE makes it bloody appearance on DVD thanks to Tokyo Shock and Media Blasters. The movie is shown in an 1.78:1 anamorphic aspect ratio. The colors are bright and vivid, flesh tones look excellent, and the blacks are strong and heavy. Presented in its original Japanese language in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound, it is crisp and clear with some really exciting sound FX work. The subtitles look good and are easy to read. Of course, you can always opt to suffer through the atrocious English dubbing!
Sadly there are no real extras on the disc other than the film’s trailer. It also has trailers to: THE NEIGHBOR 13, DEVIL MAN, FUDOH, and VERSUS. The single disc comes in a keep-case. There is no inlet card, but the twelve chapters are accessible from the static menu.
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Review by Giovanni Deldio. All Right Reserved. 2009. ©
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