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Not everyone shares my fascination with those gory, action-packed endeavors streaming out of Japan at the moment, and I totally understand why most individuals wouldn’t find them the least bit enjoyable. The budgets are low, the CGI is cheap, the content is questionable — in other words, they’re an acquired taste that many simply do not have the proper cinematic palate to appreciate. With that in mind, you’ll have to decide for yourself if “Tokyo Gore Police” mastermind Yoshihiro Nishimura’s upcoming action epic “Helldriver” is right for you. The clip you’re about to watch is loaded to the gills with the sort of blood-soaked tomfoolery you’ve come to expect from the boys and girls at Sushi Typhoon. I think it looks spot-on. Then again, I am their key demographic.
Here’s the official press release:
An alien-spawned, mysterious mist blankets the northern half of Japan, transforming those who inhale it into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies hell-bent on devouring the surviving human population. Plunged into chaos, Japan is torn in two–the southern half of the country, where the populace remains untouched by the deadly gas, lives behind a heavily-fortified wall, while the northern half is a lawless, zombie-infected wasteland. Political forces are locked in a stalemate over whether the living dead should remain protected as family members or exterminated like a plague. The economy withers away, and all hope seems lost for the people and the nation of Japan.
Hope arrives in the form of Kika (Yumiko Hara), a beautiful high school girl armed with a chainsaw sword powered by an artificial heart. Recruited by the government, Kika leads a ragtag group of desperados on a secret mission into the zombie-infected wilds to exterminate zombie queen Rikka (Eihi Shiina from AUDITION and TOKYO GORE POLICE) and put an end to the plague of the living dead. But the road is fraught with a thriving zombie culture that, with its own designs on the living half of Japan, refuses to lay down and die.
Visionary filmmaker Yoshihiro Nishimura’s first solo directorial effort since TOKYO GORE POLICE is an epic, apocalyptic road movie featuring non-stop action and over-the-top splatter. The long-awaited realization of his dreams, HELLDRIVER is Nishimura’s bid to create the ultimate zombie film.
The showdown for the future of Japan is at hand and no one, living or dead, may survive to see it!
All set? The aforementioned trailer rests below. Be sure to give much love to Twitch for providing this brief yet insanely entertaining clip.