New Japanese Gore films

There is a new trend among the more way-out Japanese films for wildly over-the-top stories and fountaining gore effects, perhaps as a reaction to the rampant success of the more ghostly Japanese horror films (at exactly the time some people were predicting the death of J-Horror) and tapping into the ero guro spirit that seems to surface sporadically in Japanese culture. This list, a spin-off from my one on weird Japanese films, will try and chart this development, as all these films have involvement from a small group of film makers.

Although drawing a line in the sand can be a little arbitrary I'm going with the start of this phenomena being the impressive success of Versus. The team would get back together again for Alive in 2002 and again for Battlefield Baseball in 2003, this time with writer Yudai Yamaguchi moving into the director's chair and being joined by producer Yoshinori Chiba, who would be a recurring presence throughout the rest of the list (first through his own company Media Suits, then with Nikkatsu one of Japan's oldest film production companies and then through the Nikkatsu subsidiary set-up specifically to work with such filmmakers).

The first of the New Japanese Gore films (nu J-Gore?) is really Meatball Machine, again directed by Yamaguchi with Versus/Battlefield Baseball/Death Trance star Tak Sakaguchi as action director, but bringing in the most important element - special effects monster Yoshihiro Nishimura, Japan's Tom Savini (I was going to go with "Japan's Screaming Mad George," as this would be a better stylistic parallel, but then remembered SMG is Japanese). The film gave the transgressive and transformational style of film like Tetsuo a more organic, body horror-style (possibly biopunk) makeover which helped set the standard for future films. Nishimura then provided the special effects for Machine Girl, which also brings in the final two key players in the story: visual effects wizard Tsuyoshi Kazuno and director Noboru Iguchi who moved over from directing adult videos, to more... exploitationy films (his earlier Sukeban Boy captures him in transition between the two). This then properly launched this new wave of Japanese gore films with a shifting line-up of writers, directors and effects people, with the same names cropping up time and again. in 2010 a lot of those highlighted here formed a production company called Sushi Typhoon.

There are other films that would fit in with these but I wanted to focus on those from the same family of creators (although it probably needs a family tree diagram to best explain it) - if you want more, and longer history going back before Versus, then I have a more complete list. If you are looking for the older violent and gory Japanese films, then you'll find them here.

I think one term that popped up might be telling: Gaijinsploitation. I've seen no real explanation of the term although the etymology is easy enough: gaijin is a Japanese term for foreigner, but there are no foreigners in the films being exploited, so are the films themselves exploiting us, the foreigner viewer, giving us what we think we want to see in a crazy Japanese film? After all it does seem the bulk of the early market was abroad - in early 2011 Noboru Iguchi said that "Nishimura and I always had much success with these films internationally at festivals, but it's only with the past few that we have developed an audience within Japan as well." Worth noting the involvement of Media Blasters in this (specifically their Tokyo Shock line) - they helped get Death Trance made and moved quickly to capitalise on Machine Girl which led to Tokyo Gore Police. Yoko Hayama works for Media Blasters and was the producer on these films and she said that they'd asked the creators "to make their story for adult, male audience in US" based on what they knew sold best in their Tokyo Shock line. If the creators were just giving us what they think we want, then there is a real danger of the titles becoming cliched and tired, in much the same way as the success of the ghost films, shinrei-mono, led to inferior imitators, unnecessary remakes and its ultimate downfall). However, the wild creative energy from those involved does seem to helping them leap over such pitfalls and forming their own production company looks like a positive step too. The real problem might come when Hollywood tries to cash-in on this, although the content may be too out-there to be properly re-bottle the lightning on American soil, so we'll wait and see.

There is an earlier film that is part of the connections here but isn't listed on IMDB although it has been released on DVD as Snot Rocket and Super Detective, as Nishimura has explained when talking about his working relationship with Tak:


The first job we did together was the independent film “The Snotty Detective” (released through Tokyo Shock in North America) with director Yudai Yamaguchi.


Anyway before, finally, getting to the list, I thought I'd highlight the way the core New Japanese Gore (NJG) films tend to fall into a number of general phases:

* The initial one where the key players started to assemble around Ryuhei Kitamura and they got a lot of international attention thanks to the success of Versus.
* The Fundoshi Corps films with producer Yukihiko Yamaguchi that set out the stall for the NJG films with Meatball Machine.
* The Fever Dreams (Media Blasters' production company for original content) co-productions with Nikkatsu through producers Yoko Hayama and Yoshinori Chiba (for Fever Dreams and Nikkatsu, respectively), which started at the end of the initial phase with Death Trance and would take NJG films.
* The Gaijinsploitation period which would build on the previous NJG films.
* The Sushi Typhoon films with Yoshinori Chiba as the main producer (it is a subsidiary of Nikkatsu).
* Nishimura Eizo films, it has the same name as Nishimura's special effects company but is listed separately here as a production company too, so he might be taking the work in-house. The output here is varied trying out new ideas and collaborations, from a couple of kaijufilms to contributing segments to anthology films some of which (like the portmanteau pieces) that keep the spirit of NJG alive.

Further reading: A good piece from Horror News and they have a follow-up looking at this set of films giving them the title Tokyo Gore" (which is almost unGooglable so I have no idea how widespread the usage is). Sketches of Cinema have a useful overview of the key releases.

See also: Splat Pack and New French Extremity films, movies from other groups of film-makers pushing the envelope of what is acceptable.

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1.
The Machine Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Maimed while seeking revenge, a girl becomes stronger than ever. (96 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ Here for the image, the list starts below ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
2.
Down to Hell (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
(47 mins.)
“ * Ryuhei Kitamura - director / writer / actor / editor
* Yudai Yamaguchi - assistant director / editor / camera operator
* Nobuhiko Morino - actor / special effects / composer
* Tak Sakaguchi - production assistant

The film that would go on to be expanded into Versus (2000).

A napalm FiLMS production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
3.
Versus (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection. (119 mins.)
“ * Ryuhei Kitamura - director / writer
* Yudai Yamaguchi - writer
* Tak Sakaguchi - actor
* Hideo Sakaki - actor
* Nobuhiko Morino - composer
* Yuji Shimomura - action director
* Susumu Nakatani - special effects

An important film for these kinds of Japanese horror film, as it proved a cult hit overseas which would get companies interested in seeing what else the team could do. Kitamura would get offered higher budget work almost immediately (I think it is telling that one of his favourite films in Commando, so the Western movie influence may have helped make his work more successful overseas) but other key people here would go on to have a big hand in New Japanese Gore, specifically Yudai Yamaguchi and Tak Sakaguchi. You'll see a lot of pieces of the jigsaw coming together, before get the first true NJG film in 2005.

For more zombie films see my Asian zombie films list.

A napalm FiLMS production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
4.
Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Girls surrounding 17 years old are affected by an illness that make her to be 'Stacies': they feel a strange and momentary happiness until they become zombies. (80 mins.)
“ * Naoyuki Tomomatsu - director
* Kenji Otsuki - novel / actor
* Norman England - actor

Interestingly, this seems a stylistic precursor to the later New Japanese Gore films, just without the trademark berserk special effects designs of Yoshihiro Nishimura. Tomomatsu has directed two more zombie films (of diminishing quality, but possibly qualifying him as "Japan's Romero") and would co-direct the NJG film Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl with Nishimura. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
5.
Alive (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
After survivng his own execution, Tenshu choses to be subjected to the bizarre experiments of the prison officials. (119 mins.)
“ * Ryuhei Kitamura - writer / director
* Yudai Yamaguchi - writer
* Tak Sakaguchi - actor
* Hideo Sakaki - actor
* Go Ohara - actor and stunts
* Yuji Shimomura - action director
* Nobuhiko Morino - composer

A napalm FiLMS production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
6.
Aragami (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A raging god of battle and a master samurai duke it out in a series of sword fights in a remote temple. (78 mins.)
“ * Ryuhei Kitamura - writer / director
* Ryuichi Takatsu - writer
* Tak Sakaguchi - actor
* Hideo Sakaki - actor
* Yuji Shimomura - action director
* Nobuhiko Morino - composer

A napalm FiLMS production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
7.
Battlefield Baseball (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Battlefield Baseball is a tough game--it doesn't end until all the members on the opposing team are dead... (87 mins.)
Director: Yudai Yamaguchi
“ aka Battlefield Baseball

* Yudai Yamaguchi - director
* Ryuichi Takatsu - writer
* Tak Sakaguchi - actor
* Hideo Sakaki - actor
* Go Ohara - stunts
* Susumu Nakatani - special effects
* Ryuhei Kitamura - producer
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A napalm FiLMS/Media Suits production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
8.
Sky High (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A detective hunts a killer who is removing girls hearts. When his own fiancée falls victim to the killer, the detective discovers the otherworldly intentions of the killer and is helped from beyond the grave by his fiancée. (122 mins.)
“ * Ryuhei Kitamura - director
* Ryuichi Takatsu - writer
* Eihi Shiina - actor
* Nobuhiko Morino - composer ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
9.
A Larva to Love (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ * Noboru Iguchi - director / writer / producer / cinematographer
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Hiroaki Murakami - actor
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special effects
* Yukiyasu Shimada - producer

Noboru Iguchi's first feature. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
10.
Speakerman: The Boo (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(77 mins.)
“ * Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / writer / actor / editor / cinematographer / production design / gaffer / character design / special effects
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Noboru Iguchi - actor
* Yukiyasu Shimada - producer

Not gory but worth a mention as it relates to the connections between the creators. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
11.
Evil Guy (2004 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(23 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ aka Entrails of a Larva

* Noboruo Iguchi - director / writer
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special makeup effects artist / prosthetics
* Yukiyasu Shimada - producer

A spin-off from A Larva to Love, apparently included on the DVD (although I can't find much information about a home media release). ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
12.
Death Trance (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An unknown time. An unknown place. Without reasons. With no future. His only desire is... Destruction... (89 mins.)
“ * Yuji Shimomura - director
* Junya Kato - writer
* Seiji Chiba - writer
* Tak Sakaguchi - actor
* Hiroko Yashiki - actor
* Go Ohara - action director
* Yoko Hayama - producer
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Fever Dreams/Media Suits co-production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
13.
Meatball Machine (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Full-throttle splatter-ific Japanese cyberpunk science fiction/horror at its most aggressive, this mind-blower about alien parasites that turn their human hosts into slave "Necroborgs" will leave you dizzy and drained - in a good way. (90 mins.)
“ aka Fundoshi Corps 1

* Yudai Yamaguchi - director
* Junya Kato - writer
* Ayano Yamamoto - actor
* Tak Sakaguchi - action director
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor / special effects / mold maker
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Maki Mizui - special make-up effects assistant
* Yukihiko Yamaguchi - producer

A remake of Meatball Machine (1999), which is included on the UK DVD (the one I've got) but, oddly, edited into a short film.

If we wanted to identify the real start of New Japanese Gore films, then this is it, if nothing else it is where it got the kind of attention that would lead to more funds and interest from outside Japan. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
14.
Sukeban Boy (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A raucous teen boy with a feminine face is teased everywhere, so his odd biker father dresses him as a girl and sends him to an all-girl school... (62 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ aka Fundoshi Corps 2

* Noboru Iguchi - writer / director
* Asami - actor
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Hiroaki Murakami - actor
* Maki Mizui - actor / special make-up effects assistant
* Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special effects
* Yukihiko Yamaguchi - producer ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
15.
Meatball Machine: Reject of Death (2007 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(10 mins.)
“ aka Fundoshi Corps 3

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - writer / director / editor / cinematographer / special effects make-up
* Ayano Yamamoto - actor
* Asami - actor / special effects assistant
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Maki Mizui - special effects assistant / special make-up effects assisstant
* Yudai Yamaguchi - producer
* Yukihiko Yamaguchi - producer

Included on the Meatball Machine DVD (at least the UK one I have). ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
16.
The Machine Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Maimed while seeking revenge, a girl becomes stronger than ever. (96 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ * Noboru Iguchi - writer / director
* Ayano Yamamoto - actor
* Asami - actor
* Hiroko Yashiki - actor
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects
* Maki Mizui - special make-up effects assistant
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Yoko Hayama - producer
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Fever Dreams/Nikkatsu co-production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
17.
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers. (110 mins.)
“ * Yoshihiro Nishimura - writer / director / actor / editor / special make-up effects supervisor
* Kengo Kaji - writer
* Maki Mizui - writer / actor / special make-up effects assistant
* Tak Sakaguchi - fight choreographer / actor (cameo)
* Ayano Yamamoto - actor
* Eihi Shiina - actor
* Keisuke Horibe - actor
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Arata Yamanaka - actor
* Yoshio Komatsu - actor
* Norman England - actor
* Jiji Bu - actor
* Shu Momose - cinematographer
* Yudai Yamaguchi/Noboru Iguchi - made the fake commercials
* Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects and mold making
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Kou Nakagawa - composer
* Nori Fukuda - production designer
* Yoko Hayama - producer
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A remake of Yoshihiro Nishimura's Anatomia Extinction (1995).

A Fever Dreams/Nikkatsu co-production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
18.
Samurai Zombie (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
(91 mins.)
Director: Taku Sakaguchi
“ * Tak Sakaguchi - director
* Ryuhei Kitamura - writer
* Arata Yamanaka - actor
* Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects artist
* Nobuhiko Morino - composer

Asian zombie film.

A napalm FiLMS production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
19.
Hard Revenge, Milly (2008 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
(44 mins.)
“ * Takanori Tsujimoto - director / writer
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
20.
Oneechanbara: The Movie (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
In the year 20XX a mysterious scientist discovers a way to bring back the dead . . . only it turns one town into a zombie-infested hellhole... (80 mins.)
Director: Yôhei Fukuda
“ * Go Ohara - action director
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor

Asian zombie film ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
21.
Tamami: The Baby's Curse (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
As a teenager, Yoko discovers that she is not really an orphan when her wealthy but very strange family welcomes her home to a mansion that many claim is haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Yudai Yamaguchi
“ aka Tamami: The Baby's Curse

* Yudai Yamaguchi - director
* Asami - actor
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
22.
Geisha Assassin (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
This story is set during the Edo ages in Japan. On a rainy night, Kotono confronts the samurais who have killed her father... (78 mins.)
Director: Gô Ohara
“ aka Gaijinsploitation 1

* Go Ohara - director
* Kou Nakagawa - composer

Where the list crosses-over with ninja films.

An Ohara Bros production ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
23.
Samurai Princess (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
AS group of young schoolgirls walking through the woods is attacked and raped by a gang of thugs. Only one of the girls survives... (82 mins.)
Director: Kengo Kaji
“ aka Gaijinsploitation 2

* Kengo Kaji - director / writer
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
24.
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Transfer student Monami has a secret and a past that has caught up with Mizushima. Deceiving Mizushima into eating a token gift of chocolate... (84 mins.)
“ aka Gaijinsploitation 3

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / editor / special make-up effects supervisor
* Naoyuki Tomomatsu - director / writer
* Eihi Shiina - actor
* Maki Mizui - actor
* Jiji Bu - actor
* Shu Momose - cinematographer
* Tak Sakaguchi - fight choreography
* Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects artist / mold maker
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Kou Nakagawa - composer
* Kyuya Nakagawa - sound recordist
* Nori Fukuda - production designer

A Concept Film/Pony Canyon production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
25.
RoboGeisha (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
After receiving robotic implants, two sisters compete as assassins. (102 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ aka Robo-Geisha or Gaijinsploitation 4

* Noboru Iguchi - writer / director
* Asami - actor
* Yui Murata - actor
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Hiroaki Murakami - actor
* Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor / special effects supervisor / actor
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Yasuhiko Fukuda - composer

A Pony Canyon production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
26.
Hard Revenge, Milly: Bloody Battle (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In a post-apocalyptic Japan, Tokyo has become a windswept desert. After witnessing the brutal murder of her husband and child... (72 mins.)
“ * Takanori Tsujimoto - director / cinematographer
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
27.
Shyness Machine Girl (2009 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Shy Japanese school girl Yoshie survives a near fatal blow to the head. After undergoing extensive training... (22 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ Machine Girl sequel

* Noboru Iguchi - writer / director
* Asami - actor
* Hiroaki Murakami - actor
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor / special effects supervisor / cinematographer / gaffer
* Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects artist
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Kou Nakagawa - composer
* Yoko Hayama - producer
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Fever Dreams/Nikkatsu co-production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
28.
63-fun-go (2009 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
(11 mins.)
“ * Yoshihiro Nishimura - writer / director / editor / special make-up effects supervisor / special effects supervisor
* Jun Shiozaki - assistant director
* Maki Mizui - actor
* Shu Momose - cinematographer
* Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Kou Nakagawa - composer
* Kyuya Nakagawa - sound recordist
* Nori Fukuda - production designer
* Yoko Hayama - producer
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

Tokyo Gore Police sequel that takes place 63 minutes after the first film finishes.

A Fever Dreams/Nikkatsu co-production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
29.
Elevator Trap (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(Japanese with English subtitles) Three seemingly unacquainted men and a woman find themselves trapped in an elevator... (107 mins.)
Director: Keisuke Horibe
“ * Keisuke Horibe - director / writer
* Jun Shiozaki - assistant director
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects
* Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
30.
The Big Tits Dragon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A medieval Book of the Dead is discovered in the catacombs that run under a small town strip club. When... (73 mins.)
Director: Takao Nakano
“ aka Big Tits Zombie

* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor

Asian zombie film

A Concept Film production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
31.
Horny House of Horror (2010 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
The film is about three men, Nakazu (Yuya Ishikawa), Toshida (Wani Kansai) and Uno (Toushi Yanagi) who... (75 mins.)
Director: Jun Tsugita
“ aka Fashion Hell

* Jun Tsugita - writer / director / editor
* Asami - actor
* Takashi Nishina - actor
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor
* Kyuya Nakagawa - sound ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
32.
“ * Noboru Iguchi - writer / director
* Jun Tsugita - writer
* Asami - actor
* Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor

Edited down from the TV show which was also partly written by Junya Kato. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
33.
Gothic & Lolita Psycho (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Her beloved mother murdered by a vicious gang of assassins, young Yuki (2007 Best Buttocks Award-winner... (88 mins.)
Director: Gô Ohara
“ aka Psycho Gothic Lolita

* Go Ohara - director
* Asami - actor
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects

An Ohara Bros/Pony Canyon co-production ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
34.
Mutant Girls Squad (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
On her sixteenth birthday, Rin (Yumi Sugimoto), a bullied, timid schoolgirl witnesses her parents killed by fearful... (89 mins.)
“ aka Mutant Girl Squad

* Noboru Iguchi - director
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / special make-up effects supervisor / actor
* Tak Sakaguchi - director / actor
* Jun Tsugita - writer
* Asami - actor
* Maki Mizui - actor
* Yui Murata - actor
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Arata Yamanaka - actor
* Shu Momose - cinematographer
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Kou Nakagawa - composer
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Sushi Typhoon production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
35.
Alien vs. Ninja (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
A comet crashes into a Japanese forest and a group of mighty ninjas must fight a group of killer Aliens before they reach their village and kill everyone. (80 mins.)
Director: Seiji Chiba
“ * Seiji Chiba - writer / director / producer
* Yuji Shimomura - action coordinator
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Sushi Typhoon production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
36.
Helldriver (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Still reeling from the events of a zombie apocalypse, a young woman, along with a group of allies, makes her way across a dystopian Japan in search of her mother, the Zombie Queen. (117 mins.)
“ * Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / special make-up effects supervisor
* Jun Shiozaki - assistant director
* Eihi Shiina - actor
* Asami - actor
* Maki Mizui - actor
* Yui Murata - actor
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Hiroaki Murakami - actor
* Arata Yamanaka - actor
* Yoshio Komatsu - actor
* Norman England - actor
* Yasuhiko Fukuda - actor
* Shu Momose - cinematographer
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Kou Nakagawa - composer
* Kyuya Nakagawa - sound
* Nori Fukuda - production designer
* Ryo Uchiyama - line producer
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Sushi Typhoon production.

Asian zombie film ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
37.
Yakuza Weapon (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
After his father is killed, a young yakuza comes back to Japan for revenge - and a machine gun for an arm. (105 mins.)
“ * Yudai Yamaguchi - writer / director
* Tak Sakaguchi - writer / director / actor
* Takashi Nishina - actor
* Yui Murata - actor
* Arata Yamanaka - actor
* Yuji Shimomura - action director
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor / actor
* Tomo Hyakutake - special make-up effects artist
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Nobuhiko Morino - composer
* Nori Fukuda - production designer
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Sushi Typhoon production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
38.
Deadball (2011)
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Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan... (99 mins.)
Director: Yudai Yamaguchi
“ * Yudai Yamaguchi - director
* Tak Sakaguchi - actor
* Yuji Shimomura - action director
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Tomo Hyakutake - special make-up effects artist
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Nobuhiko Morino - composer
* Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Sushi Typhoon production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
39.
Monster Killer (2011)
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(87 mins.)
“ aka Red Tears or more recently Sword of Blood

* Takanori Tsujimoto - director / writer / cinematographer
* Yuko Momochi - writer
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor
* Shota Kawamura - visual effects supervisor

Early reviews seem positive. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
40.
Zombie Ass: The Toilet of the Dead (2011)
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Wracked with guilt over the suicide of her bullied sister, young karate student Megumi accompanies four... (85 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ * Noboru Iguchi - director
* Jun Tsugita - writer
* Asami - actor
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Yasuhiko Fukuda - composer
* Nori Fukuda - production designer
* Ryo Uchiyama - production manager

Wikipedia article.

Asian zombie film ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
41.
Tomie: Unlimited (2011)
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A photography student's life takes a turn for the worse when her dead sister is welcomed back into the family home. (85 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ * Noboru Iguchi - director / writer
* Jun Shiozaki - assistant director
* Jun Tsugita - writer
* Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor / special effects supervisor
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
42.
The ABCs of Death (2012)
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A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty. (129 mins.)
“ Has segments by Noboru Iguchi ("F is for Fart"), Yudai Yamaguchi ("J is for Jidai-geki") and Yoshihiro Nishimura ("Z is for Zetsumetsu" - zetsumetsu means extinction):

"F is for Fart"

* Noboruo Iguchi - director / writer
* Yui Murata - actor
* Hozake Yamada - actor
* Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer
* Takanori Tsujimoto - editor
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Yasuhiko Fukuda - composer
* Kyuya Nakagawa - sound effects editor
* Nori Fukuda - production designer
* Ryo Uchiyama - line producer
* Nanae Yoshida - assistant producer

"J is for Jidai-geki"

* Yudai Yamaguchi - director / writer / editor
* Takashi Nishina - actor
* Shu Momose - cinematographer
* Nobuhiko Morino - composer

"Z is for Zetsumetsu"

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / writer / producer / editor
* Hiroaki Murakami - actor
* Hiroko Yashiki - actor
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Arata Yamanaka - actor
* Yoshio Komatsu - actor
* Shu Momose - cinematographer
* Isao Karasawa - action coordinator
* Kou Nakagawa - composer
* Kyuya Nakagawa - sound recordist

A Nishimura Eizo production (although it is not clear at the moment if this covers all three segments). ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
43.
Dead Sushi (2012)
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Keiko, the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, runs away from home when his Karate-style regimen becomes too severe. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is ridiculed by the eccentric staff and guests. (92 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ * Noboru Iguchi - director / writer
* Jun Tsugita - writer
* Rina Takeda - actor
* Asami - actor
* Takashi Nishina - actor
* Yui Murata - actor
* Demo Tanaka - actor
* Hiroaki Murakami - actor
* Jiji Bu - actor
* Yasuhiko Fukuda - actor (voice) / composer / music department (various)
* Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer
* Nori Fukuda - art director
* Yuta Okuyama - special creature and makeup designer
* Taiga Ishino - chief special creature & makeup designer
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Yasuhiko Fukuda - composer
* Nanae Yoshida - assistant producer
* Ryo Uchiyama - production manager

A Nishimura Eizo production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
44.
“ * Noboru Iguchi - director
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / special effects supervisor
* Jun Shiozaki - director
* Jun Tsugita - writer
* Keisuke Horibe - actor
* Maki Mizui - actor
* Shu Momose - cinematographer
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Yasuhiko Fukuda - composer

From the trailer it seems to be a day-glo kaiju comedy. So no gore, but worth a mention here to show how varied the output can be from the same core of film-makers.

A Nishimura Eizo/Pony Canyon production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
45.
Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead (2012)
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After a nuclear attack in Tokyo, the female population is attacked by infected males who have become sex-crazed zombies... (73 mins.)
“ aka Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead

That is quite a title!!

* Naoyuki Tomomatsu - director
* Jiro Ishikawa - assistant director / writer
* Asami - actor
* Yui Aikawa - actor
* Norman England - actor
* Shota Kawamura - cg director ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
46.
Bad Butt (2012 Video)
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The touching love story of a girl, her lesbian lovers and her ass which has a face on it. (8 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ * Noboru Iguchi - writer, director, producer
* Yoshihiro Nishimura - producer
* Asami - actor
* Yui Murata - actor
* Hozake Yamada - actor
* Yasuhiko Fukuda - composer
* Demo Tanaka - editor

Short silent film, which has some similarities with his ABCs of Death segment "F is for Fart".

Watch on YouTube

A Nishimura Eizo production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
47.
Takuzo Weapon (2012 Video)
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(16 mins.)
Director: Kotaro Takaoka
“ aka Takuzo Weapon

* Yudai Yamaguchi - ideas
* Tak Sakaguchi - ideas / actor
* Takashi Nishina - actor

A Yakuza Weapon spin-off that is included on the home media releases.

A Sushi Typhoon production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
48.
The Profane Exhibit (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Deep within the underbelly of Paris, there is a club which is the home of a secret, wicked society....
“ The segment "Hell Chef":

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / special effects supervisor
* Eihi Shiina - actor
* Maki Mizui - actor
* Norman England - actor
* Jiji Bu - actor
* Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects
* Takanori Tsujimoto - visual effects
* Yasuhiko Fukuda - music arranger
* Kyuya Nakagawa - sound recordist / sound effects editor
* Ryo Uchiyama - line producer
* Nanae Yoshida - assistant producer

A Nishimura Eizo production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
49.
Jellyfish Eyes (2013)
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In Japan, the small Masashi moves from one evacuation center to a small town. There you will discover... (101 mins.)
“ aka Jellyfish Eyes

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - writer / assistant director / editor / producer
* Jun Tsugita - writer
* Jun Shiozaki - assistant director
* Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer
* Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects / mold maker
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects / mold maker
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Nori Fukuda - production designer
* Nanae Yoshida - assistant producer
* Ryo Uchiyama - line producer

Has its own site here and this interview with Takashi Murakami (the artist behind the project) should give an idea of what they've got planned: "Using a cast of unknown actors and putting the film's sizable budget almost entirely into special effects, the artist has managed to create big-screen incarnations of his ravenous, curious creatures that maintain astonishing fidelity to their canvas versions."

A Nishimura Eizo production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
50.
Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 2 (2013)
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After a nuclear attack, a strange virus has turned 90% of the male population of the world into lust-filled zombies... (67 mins.)
“ aka Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 2

* Naoyuki Tomomatsu - director / writer
* Yuko Momochi - writer
* Jiro Ishikawa - assistant director / line producer
* Asami - actor
* Yui Aikawa - actor
* Shota Kawamura - visual effects supervisor
* Norman England - director of making of ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
51.
Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 3 (2013)
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Japan's war against the zombie hordes continues, and the army of Ghoul-fighting girls struggles to survive when their leader is lost to insanity. (68 mins.)
“ aka Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 3

* Naoyuki Tomomatsu - director / writer
* Yuko Momochi - writer
* Jiro Ishikawa - assistant director
* Asami - actor
* Yui Aikawa - actor
* Norman England - director of making of ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
52.
Nuigulumar Z (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Director: Noboru Iguchi
“ * Noboru Iguchi - director / writer
* Jun Tsugita - writer
* Kenji Otsuki - novel
* Rina Takeda - actor
* Jiji Bu - actor

New film which is, apparently, "about a girl who has the power to merge with her pink teddy bear to become a super hero to defeat zombies," hence the Austrian version of the title "Gothic Lolita Battle Bear." ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
53.
Zombie TV (2013)
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(77 mins.)
“ It isn't which segment he worked on but:

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - writer / director / editor / producer / character design
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Isao Karasawa - action director
* Norman England - stills / English subs ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
54.
Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 4 (2014)
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(87 mins.)
“ aka Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 4

* Naoyuki Tomomatsu - director / writer
* Asami - actor
* Yui Aikawa - actor ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
55.
“ aka Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 5

* Naoyuki Tomomatsu - director / writer
* Asami - actor
* Yui Aikawa - actor ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
56.
The Ninja War of Torakage (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A former Ninja must outplay his former Mastress and an evil lord to free his family from certain death. (94 mins.)
“ aka The Ninja War of Torakage

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - writer / director / editor / producer / special makeup effects supervisor
* Jun Tsugita - writer
* Jun Shiozaki - assistant director
* Eihi Shiina - actor
* Tak Sakaguchi - action director
* Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects
* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor
* Norman England - stills / English subs ” - Mighty_Emperor