Tokyo Zombie (DVD Review)

After a four-year delay, American viewers are finally able to feast their eyes (in the comfort of their own home, that is, thanks to Anchor Bay’s DVD) on the much-anticipated Japanese film Tokyo Zombie. Written and directed by Sakichi Satô (who scripted Takashi Miike’s notorious Ichi The Killer), the film is a departure from the J-horror fare we have all become accustomed to. There is no long-haired little girl, no ghosts out for revenge, no dark palette. What we get instead is an undead, deadpan comedy.

After inadvertently killing their boss, ju-jitsu enthusiasts Fujio (Tadanobu Asano) and Mitsuo (Sho Aikawa) make a pilgrimage to Black Fuji to dispose of the body. A veritable dumping ground for everything from old refrigerators to mothers-in-law, the mountain of garbage harbors something dark within it’s folds of filth: toxic waste. Of course, it doesn’t take long for this biohazard to
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First look at Anchor Bay's Tokyo Zombie DVD!

Sakichi Satô's 2005 zomedy flick Tokyo Zombie is finally coming to DVD next month and those fine purveyors of cult, Anchor Bay, have finally unveiled the DVD artwork.

Fujio and Mitsuo always dream to go to Russia and become the strongest men in the field of jujutsu, a form of Japanese martial arts. Their lives turn upside down when zombies begin to walk down from Mount Fuji. Using jujutsu, Fujio and Mitsuo are determined to save Tokyo from zombie invasion!

There also seems to be some confusion about when the DVD is actually hitting shelves. Anchor Bay says April 7, but Amazon lists the film as released on April 1. Whatever the date is you can pre-order your copy here.

Check out the Tokyo Zombie trailer after and embiggened DVD artwork after the break.
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Tokyo Zombie Coming to DVD April 7th

Thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment and Manga Entertainment, horror comedy sensation Tokyo Zombie is set for release on DVD this April 7, 2009.

It's been a while since we posted our Tokyo Zombie review, so it's understandable if you're a little fuzzy on the details. Here's the skinny straight from Anchor Bay: The film was written and directed by Sakichi Satô, who wrote Takashi Miike’s controversial, award-winning Ichi the Killer, and many observers have compared this film to Miike’s ground-breaking work in the horror genre.

Tadanobu Asano and Sho Aikawa portray a pair of full-time slackers and wannabe jujitsu champions who bring the murdered body of their sleazy boss to Tokyo’s infamous toxic waste dump known as “Black Fuji.” But when an army of the undead rises from the foul, festering trash heap, our “heroes” must battle a non-stop barrage of hasty decapitations, perverted teachers, tasty snack foods(!), stormy romance,
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Asian Cinema Scene: 'Heibon Punch' Searches for Big Breasts in Japan

A young actress with a strange attraction to "fat, weird-looking guys" falls for an indie film director with just the right ungainly profile in Heibon Punch, which opens in Japan on November 22. The twist? Whenever the filmmaker returns her attentions, "he magically transforms into a handsome man that she finds repulsive." Oh, and then she murders a rival actress and goes on the run with the director, who decides to make a movie out of it. Sounds like a lighter version of Natural Born Killers, that is, if Oliver Stone decided to make a romantic comedy instead of a bloody media satire. Nippon Cinema found the (Nsfw) trailer and Japanese-language official site.

The film stars Rina Akiyama as the ambitious thespian and Sakichi Satô, who also directed and scripted, as the director. Satô has written for Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Gozu), proving that he has a wild and perverse imagination,
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