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A Bento Box of Blood

By Brian Prisco | Industry | July 23, 2010 |

By Brian Prisco | Industry | July 23, 2010 |

It was because of the malicious freaks on this very site that I discovered the films Tokyo Gore Police and The Machine Girl. If you’re looking for plot summaries on those two films, you really shouldn’t be watching them. All they really are is vehicles to pump as much anime style action-comedy-violence into a single crappily-made film as possible. The effects look like something out of the dark side of the Power Rangers: bizarre foam rubber machinations with either assault weapons or some type of animal/mutant attachment like a tentacle or lobster claw. Someone swings a sword or fires a gun, and geysers of blood go showering everywhere. It’s everything that makes Troma films wonderful, with martial arts action added in.

So producer Chiba gathered all of the most popular splatter comedy directors and assembled them under one label: Sushi Typhoon. They’ll be handling distribution and setting the budgets on pretty much everything that involves Japanese people screaming right before a pressure hose sprays fake blood. For the niche genre, that’s HUGE. They’ve got Takashi Miike, Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Tak Sakaguchi from Versus, and Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl ).

They showed us a trailer I’d be hard pressed to explain. But that’s the beauty of the Japanese splatter horror comedy. You don’t have to care or know what’s going on. You just have to sit back and watch the gore fly. And jumping Jesus on a pogo stick, they don’t disappoint. They showed six upcoming films, and the brief trailer featured at least seven decapitations, fourteen limb severings, heads being crushed, a torso tear, and some kind of crab thing making a woman’s boobs spray blood. And I haven’t even told you about the zombie car and the boob monster.

They’re actually screening two at Comic-Con: Alien vs. Ninja, which as the American face of Sushi Typhoon explains the plot is pretty much in the title. Aliens fight ninjas. To out weird the hell out of that, they’re also featuring Mutant Girls Squad. Japanese women dressed like schoolgirls with crab arms and tentacle faces hacking each other up. What more do you want out of life?

Some of the other titles include Cold Fish — an atmospheric serial killer thriller about an exotic fish salesman who discovers his companion is also a serial killer…and kind of likes that, Yakuza Weapon — from Sakaguchi who promises a four-minute no cut gunbattle action sequence in a film about the Yakuza with a rocket launcher knee and machine gun arm, Something Something Robot Zaborgar — an old ’70s series about a cop whose robot partner turns into a motorcycle, and my personal favorite, Helldriver. Here’s the description on Helldriver: A young woman with an artificial heart that operates a katana chainsaw must hunt down the zombie queen mother who tore out her heart. If you didn’t just get a boner or ladyboner, you’re dead inside.

Nishimura made Helldriver because he wanted to do something you’ve never seen. Which includes an off-road vehicle made entirely of twitching zombie limbs. He used approximately four tons of fake blood when filming what was a less than 90-minute flick. Typhoon indeed.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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