Big Tits Zombie 3D (aka Big Tits Dragon, 2010) Movie Review

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With one of the greatest titles in recent memory, a Japanese AV idol packed cast and an entirely superfluous 3D gimmick, it’s little surprise that “Big Tits Zombie 3D” has become an international cult sensation, enjoying great success at midnight shows all around the world. Based on Rei Mikamoto’s manga, ‘Kyonyu Dragon’, the film was directed by Takao Nakano, who was previously responsible for such delights as “Sumo Vixens” and “ExorSister”, not to mention the utterly charming and aptly named “Sexual Parasite: Killer Pussy”. Basically “The Evil Dead” with strippers, the film’s main appeal comes in the statuesque form of its female cast, headlined by gorgeous Japanese porn actresses Sola Aoi and Risa Kasumi, with support from popular pinup girl Mari Sakurai and controversial comedian, Minoru Torihada. Although still packing in the crowds in cinemas, the film now arrives on region 2 DVD and Blu ray via Terracotta Distribution, coming with the usual handful of extras and featuring both 2D and 3D versions.

Sola Aoi stars as Lena Jodo, an exotic dancer who returns to Japan from Mexico after being offered a gig at a rundown hot springs resort out in the deserted suburbs. Unfortunately, she and her fellow dancers are soon left bored by the lack of customers, and spend most of their time sitting around and bickering (in their underwear, naturally). After poking around in the basement, goth-lolita chick Maria (Sakuri) comes across an ancient Book of the Dead type tome, and manages to raise a motley and bizarrely clad bunch of zombies from a mysterious well. Before long, she is leading the hungry flesh eating ghouls in an attempt to take over the world, as Lena and the others fight for survival with whatever comes to hand.

“Big Tits Zombie 3D” is pretty much review proof, and given its top heavy cast, goofy exploitation wackiness and 3D gimmick will entice viewers regardless of quality one way or the other. The main question here, for those who actually care past viewing it as a late night party film, is whether or not it actually delivers the goods – thankfully, the answer is a resounding yes. Takao Nakano certainly knows what the fans want, and serves up gore, imaginative splatter gags, surreal humour and bare breasts in equal measure, most of which are pretty entertaining, if often baffling and random.

Although the budget was obviously low, the film’s special effects are surprisingly good, and aside from a few cheap looking instances of CGI have a charmingly old school feel, with there being a pleasing amount of gut munching and zombie bisection. Similarly, whilst the film is not as creative or far out as genre high point “Tokyo Gore Police”, it does manage a few hilarious moments of bad taste, enough so to make it a real eye opener for some of the genre new comers who stumble across it. Unsurprisingly, the film’s 3D isn’t really up to much, being of the old school, anaglyphic red and blue variety and largely unnoticeable on the small screen, it’s still a welcome touch and further ups the sense of hysteria.

The eye candy cast all perform as expected, with Sola Aoi and Risa Kasumi providing the film’s handful of nude scenes, most of which are played for laughs and cheap titillation (complete with comedy ‘booiiiing’ noises) rather than anything particularly sleazy, fitting in well with the overall feel of harmless fun. Aoi does well enough in the lead, and aside from her obvious photogenic qualities, actually proves herself to be a pretty reasonable actress, or at least up to the demands of the material. She and the others certainly seem to be having a good time with the dafter aspects of the script, and this makes it all the easier for the audience to get caught up in the shenanigans. Clocking in at only an hour and ten minutes, the pace is fast and furious, and the film wisely never outstays its welcome, with Nakano thankfully avoiding too much in the way of needless filler material. By not taking itself seriously in the least, and never aspiring to offer anything more than crowd pleasing, low brow thrills and spills, it manages to hit almost all of its modest targets.

As a result, “Big Tits Zombie 3D” is the genuine cheerful cult article, and should be enjoyed by fans of Japanese splatter, AV idols and curious seekers of kitschy thrills alike. Featuring chainsaws, flying entrails and beautiful, ass kicking top heavy women, it really does have it all and never fails to fulfil the promise of its alluring title.

Takao Nakano (director) / Rei Mikamoto (manga series “Kyonyû doragon”), Takao Nakano (screenplay)
CAST: Io Aikawa
Saori Andô
Sola Aoi
Kaworu Asakusa
Daisuke Iijima
Hachirô Ika
Kenshin Iwakura
Takashi Kakizawa


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Author: James Mudge

James is a Scottish writer based in London. He is one of BeyondHollywood.com’s oldest tenured movie reviewer, specializing in all forms of cinema from the Asian continent, as well as the angst-strewn world of independent cinema and the plasma-filled caverns of the horror genre. James can be reached at jamesmudge (at) btinternet.com, preferably with offers of free drinks.