Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura
Starring: Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Yukihide Benny, Jiji Bû, Keisuke Horibe, Ikuko Sawada, Shun Sugata

Tagline: A bit disappointing actually…

I had been looking forward to this film since seeing the Machine Girl last year and seeing the trailer for this movie online. Since then it has played very successfully at festivals in Australia and overseas.

The plot concerns the privatised Tokyo Police Force with Ruka (Eihi Shiina) being a hunter of mutants known as “Engineers” whose injuries cause them to mutate in spectacular ways, that’s about it really, you can tell they didn’t spend more than five minutes on the plot.

While not by the same director, this film was produced by the same production company that produced the Machine Girl and they decided to go overboard with the blood and guts and grease off the rod. It does work for a while, but towards the end I felt like I had seen everything and it started to get a bit boring actually.

Maybe if I haven’t seen the Machine Girl before and had not seen a lot of movies since them it would have had more impact. Once I got over the initial “icky” with the self-mutilation fetish the main character has, they just seemed to pile it on.

It’s not as if they didn’t try with this movie, even putting in fake ads like the Robocop movies (they quickly became annoying) and having one character (the phone operator) inexplicably look like a cross between Pink and Gwen Stefani. Then there was the scene in the Goth/industrial club with all the fetishists, which introduces and then wastes crocodile girl and cock-cannon man respectively.

If you really want to watch this movie, then I recommend bypassing all the reviews and trailers for it and just sitting down to watch it as you will get more out of it that way. It is wall-to-wall violence and gore, but because of the comedy I still found it easier to watch than something like Ichi the Killer, which just made me cringe and hate myself for even putting the disc into my DVD player.

Rating: 5/10

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