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Blu-ray Review: Helldriver

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Stars: Yumiko Hara, Eihi Shiina, Kazuki Namioka, Yûrei Yanagi | Written by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Daichi Nagisa | Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura

For people who are used to “J-sploitation” films they will know what’s coming when I tell you that Helldriver comes from the same people who gave us Tokyo Gore Police. I’ll admit I’m a lover of Tokyo Gore Police, I love it’s all out gore, it’s attempts to shock and the fact it’s all out crazy. Helldriver is very similar in that approach, and it’s got a chick with a chainsaw sword, where can it go wrong?

The story set up for Helldriver is simple. There is the need for revenge as a daughter see’s her father killed by her evil mother and uncle, people are being turned into alien zombie type creatures by a strange ash and the government has no
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Helldriver as Art?: A Movie Review

*here be spoilers.

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura.

Writers: Yoshihiro Nishimura and Daichi Nagisa.

Cast: Yumiko Hara, Eihi Shiina and Kazuki Namioka.

Very rarely will Japanese horror cinema, if Yoshihiro Nishimura's Helldriver can be called that, be considered art. In this film's case, maybe it should be called the finest example of nihilism—mostly with zombies as its victims—while plodding through a very thin plot about a girl yearning for revenge.

Just prior to the actual story, the film has a moment where all that happens is a mysterious stranger jumping over a wall and harvesting zombie antlers for some unknown reason. After this curious montage, the actual story takes place in one extended flashback: an innocent Kika (Yumiko Hara) arrives home only to discover her maniacal mother Rikka (Eihi Shiina) and homicidal uncle turning her father's legs into ground meat. They are getting ready to cook him up. Kika tries to escape,
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Review: Leeds Film Festival's 11th Night of the Dead

Monster Brawl

Director/writer: Jesse T. Cook

Country: Canada

Running Time: 85 mins

Certificate: 18

Starring: Dave Foley, Art Hindle, Robert Maillet, Kevin Nash, Jimmy Hart, Herb Dean

The writer and director of 2008's horror flick Scarce, Jesse T. Cook, revisits the genre in his latest film Monster Brawl. “The time will come when monsters shape the futures of all” begins a suitably jocular voice-over that introduces us to the “most highly-anticipated extreme sport ever”. Making a horror enthusiast's hypothetical pub chat a reality, Cook pits some of the genre's most celebrated figures against each other in the wrestling ring.

Eight of the most powerful ghouls of all time from all four corners of the earth come together and are structured into “two conferences” with middle and heavy weight “monsters” and “creatures”, such as “Witch Bitch”. An American TV show set-up is quickly established with presenter, Buzz Chambers hosting from a secret cemetery location.
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Well Go USA to release Mutant Girls Squad, Helldriver, and Karate-Robo Zaborgar to DVD

Awesome news for fans of these so-called Sushi Typhoon films. Well Go USA has released a press note saying they’ve acquired the distribution rights to release Mutant Girls Squad, Helldriver (review here), Karate-Robo Zaorgar, and more to DVD this Fall.

It looks like fans of crazy, bloody, Japanese films will be plenty excited.

Well Go USA has acquired DVD, Digital, VOD and Television rights for the North American market to Mutant Girls Squad, Helldriver, Yakuza Weapon, Deadball and Karate-Robo Zaborgar from Nikkatsu Corporation’s leading genre film label, The Sushi Typhoon. Launched in 2010, The Sushi Typhoon was created by Producer Yoshinori Chiba and aims to bring the best talent from Japanese cult cinema to worldwide audiences. Well Go plans to make its initial rollout on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray starting in fall 2011.

“We are very excited to have secured rights to these ‘neo action gore’ titles, a genre which
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Well Go USA acquire Helldriver, Mutant Girl Squad and more!

Well Go USA are quickly becoming one of my favorite distribution companies, with releases such as Man From Nowehere and Ip Man 2 kicking all kinds of ass. Now they have picked up the rights to five Sushi Typhoon flicks. Helldriver, Deadball, Mutant Girl Squad, Yakuza Weapon and Karate-Robo Zaborgar will be coming to VOD, DVD and Blu-ray starting in the Fall this year.

Well Go USA Acquires North American Distribution Rights

To Five Films From The Sushi Typhoon Label

Mutant Girls Squad, Helldriver, Yakuza Weapon,

Deadball and Karate-Robo Zaborgar

Plano, Texas. (July 18, 2011) — Well Go USA has acquired DVD, Digital, VOD and Television rights for the North American market to Mutant Girls Squad, Helldriver, Yakuza Weapon,

Deadball and Karate-Robo Zaborgar from Nikkatsu Corporation’s leading genre film label, The Sushi Typhoon. Launched in 2010, The Sushi Typhoon was created by Producer Yoshinori Chiba and aims to bring the best talent from Japanese cult cinema to worldwide audiences.
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Well Go USA Acquires Five Titles from the Sushi Typhoon Label

Citing the growth potential and rabid fanbase, Well Go USA has nabbed the rights to five titles from Nikkatsu Corporation's Sushi Typhoon label. Well Go USA is now the proud owner of Mutant Girls Squad, Helldriver, Yakuza Weapon, Deadball and Karate-Robo Zaborgar. A thorough and descriptive list to say the least.

Varying from hilarious comedy to splatterific violence, the one common thread of all these films is going over-the-top for the sake of entertainment. And isn't that what we really want? Explode that head! Let's see some arterial spray! Bring it on! Stay tuned as Well Go will begin rolling out these titles beginning in the fall of 2011. You've been warned.

From the Press Release

Well Go USA has acquired DVD, Digital, VOD and Television rights for the North American market to Mutant Girls Squad, Helldriver, Yakuza Weapon, Deadball and Karate-Robo Zaborgar from Nikkatsu Corporation’s leading genre film label,
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Helldriver (2010) Movie Review

Japanese production house Sushi Typhoon returns with more blood soaked insanity in “Helldriver”, directed by “Tokyo Gore Police” and “Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl” helmer Yoshihiro Nishimura. Given Nishimura’s past works and his background as a special effects wizard, it should come as no surprise to learn that the film is a gibbering gore-fest which basically plays out like one crazed set piece and sees him constantly trying to one-up himself. The film reunites the director with striking “Tokyo Gore Police” actress Eihi Shiina (who made a lasting impression on audiences in Takashi Miike’s “Audition”), with Yumiko Hara in the lead and support from the likes of Yurei Yanagi (“Gothic & Lolita Psycho”), Kazuki Namioka (“Zebraman 2”) and Kentaro Kishi (“RoboGeisha”), plus the usual cameos from several of the Sushi Typhoon gang. The film doesn’t have a plot, so much as a setup, taking place in a Japan which
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13 Assassins UK Trailer

Empire have posted a new UK trailer for 13 Assassins, a remake of the 1963 Eiichi Kudo film.

Directed by renowned filmmaker Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer), 13 Assassins stars Kôji YakushoTakayuki YamadaHiroki MatsukataKazuki NamiokaGorô Inagaki and Masachika Ichimura.

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Check out the UK trailer below:
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One Minute of Bloody Carnage from Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins

So there’s this guy, and he really, really wants to kill this other guy, and he’s got a Samurai sword, but the problem is, the other guy’s got 400 other guys with Samurai swords, too. I think you can guess what happens here. Yup, check out a full minute of bloody carnage from Takashi Miike’s “13 Assassins”, opening in limited release April 29, 2011 from Magnet Releasing. A band of 13 samurai are charged with assassinating a lord who is a known rapist and murderer before he can assume a high political post. Starring Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Kazuki Namioka, Hiroki Matsukata, and directed by Takashi Miike. Via Yahoo. function getVideo() { var so = new SWFObject("http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/xplayer/yo033.swf", "mplayer", "590", "375", "8", "#000000"); so.addParam("wmode","transparent"); so.addParam("swliveconnect", "true"); so.addParam("allowscriptaccess", "always"); so.addParam("allowfullscreen", "true"); so.addVariable("pid", "byhw013"); so.addVariable("siteId", "243"); so.addVariable("videoId", "269959"); so.
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Exclusive: 13 Assassins UK Trailer

Exclusive: 13 Assassins UK Trailer
This story updates an early post with the exclusive new UK trailer for 13 Assassins. There is no escape from the samurai mayhem...Takashi Miike has been beloved of cult audiences for years, but it looks as it he might have a bona-fide breakout international hit on his hands if this new UK trailer for 13 Assassins is anything to go by.Known for mad horror (Audition), extreme violence (Ichi the Killer), and working very quickly on the cheap, Miike seems here to have turned in a spectacular historical action epic. Still plenty of blood and killing though, and a murdered woman in the trailer's opening seconds, so par for the Miike course in some ways. brightcove.createExperiences();13 Assassins is a remake of the 1963 Eiichi Kudo film, in which the baker's dozen samurai take on a sadistic warlord against - what else? - insurmountable odds. It stars Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Hiroki Matsukata and Kazuki Namioka,
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New trailer and poster for Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins

Magnet Releasing have unveiled a brand new trailer and poster for ultra-violent period-horror film 13 Assassins, a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 black-and-white Japanese film of the same name.

Directed by renowned Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike (Ichi The Killer) from a screenplay penned by Daisuke Tengan, the film stars Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Hiroki Matsukata, Kazuki Namioka, Yûsuke Iseya, Gorô Inagaki, Masachika Ichimura, and Mikijiro Hira.

Read more on New trailer and poster for Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins...
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First poster for crazy Jap horror ‘Helldriver’

Helldriver is the latest movie from Sushi Typhoon, the Japanese producing outfit behind Alien vs. Ninja, and Mutant Girls Squad and tells the story of:

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.
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‘Helldriver’ – Another “only in Japan” slice of craziness!

Helldriver is the lastest movie from Sushi Typhoon, the Japanese producing outfit behind Alien vs. Ninja, and Mutant Girls Squad. Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), the film stars Yumiko Hara, Eihi Shiina, Yurei Yanagi, Kazuki Namioka, Kentaro Kishi, Mizuki Kusumi, Minoru Torihada, and Guadalcanal Taka, in a story that sees:

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.
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Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins, Venice Film Festival 2010

Controversial Japanese director Takashi Miike is a very busy man these days.

13 Assassins

Two new projects for him this year, Zebraman 2 and something that’s already being described as “an epic samurai bloodbath” and the reason why we’re here today movie titled 13 Assassins.

When you’re that busy, then you definitely deserve to have a movie playing In Competition at the Venice Film Festival 2010.

The film is a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 black-and-white Japanese movie of the same name, and the story follows:

“Esteemed samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is secretly commissioned to terminate the evil Lord Naritsugu after his bloody rise to power. Assembling an elite group of samurai, Shinzaemon plots to ambush the Lord on his annual journey home from Edo.

The courageous samurai know it’s a suicide mission because the Lord is closely protected by a deadly entourage led by Shinzaemon’s nemesis, the ruthless Hanbei.
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Koji Yakusho leads the ‘13 Assassins’ cast!

Sweet Samurai Jesus.

It was only yesterday that we put up five pics from the upcoming redo of 13 Assassins by Takashi Miike and like that we now know who all 13 actors will be. Led by Koji Yakusho, who most around these parts would know from Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Retribution, Cure, Pulse, Tokyo Sonata, to name a few, in the lead assassin role of Shimada Shinzaemon, the other dozen actors are Hiroki Matsukata [Izo],  Yusuke Iseya [Blindness, Sukiyaki Western Django and Casshern], Takayuki Yamada [Crows Zero films and Mw], Tsuyoshi Ihara [Letter from Iwo Jima], Arata Furuta [Tokyo Zombie and Zebraman], Ikki Sawamura [Gokusen: The Movie and Steamboy], Sousuke Takaoka [Crows Zero films, Blue Spring and Battle Royale], Yuma Ishigaki [Gokusen: The Movie, Azumi 2 and Battle Royale 2], Masataka Kubota, Seiji Rokkaku [My Boss, My hero], Kazuki Namioka [Crows Zero films, L Change the World and Midnight Eagle], and Koen Kondo [Linda Linda Linda, Zebraman and Nodome Cantabile].

That is a fine mix of veteran and young talent. Filming has only just begun and is expected to go into September which means we still have a ways to go before we get to see this.
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Filming starts on Takashi Miiki’s Thirteen Assassins!

Filming has just begun in Japan on Takashi Miike’s samurai epic Thirteen Assassins, and seeing as we’re huuuge Miiki fans, we thought we’d better take a look-see for any new info on this fantastic sounding production. Its way too early for any photos or media, but here’s what we’ve found so far. Its way too early for any photos or media, but here’s what we’ve found so far. The Film - Based on Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 film of the same name, the movie follows the coming together of thirteen assassins who embark on a suicide mission to kill an evil young lord in the era of the Shogun. Headlining the cast will be; Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Hiroki Matsukata and Kazuki Namioka. The Plot – 13, an unlucky number for one. In the era of the Shogun, an evil young lord rapes and kills, assured of immunity by law.
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Filming starts on Takashi Miiki’s Thirteen Assassins!

Filming has just begun in Japan on Takashi Miike’s samurai epic Thirteen Assassins, and seeing as we’re huuuge Miiki fans, we thought we’d better take a look-see for any new info on this fantastic sounding production. Its way too early for any photos or media, but we did find this piece of concept art (left) and the official plot summary. Details below.... The Film - Based on Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 film of the same name, the movie follows the coming together of thirteen assassins who embark on a suicide mission to kill an evil young lord in the era of the Shogun. Headlining the cast will be; Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Hiroki Matsukata and Kazuki Namioka. The Plot – 13, an unlucky number for one. In the era of the Shogun, an evil young lord rapes and kills, assured of immunity by law. But he didn't count on the Thirteen Assassins.
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