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Helldriver as Art?: A Movie Review

24 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*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

8 November 2011 11:45 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

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 Acquires Five Titles from the Sushi Typhoon Label

18 July 2011 9:46 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

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, »

- Doctor Gash

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Helldriver (2010) Movie Review

8 May 2011 10:49 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

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 »

- James Mudge

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13 Assassins UK Trailer

30 March 2011 2:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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:


- Jamie Neish

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One Minute of Bloody Carnage from Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins

29 March 2011 8:48 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

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("", "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

29 March 2011 9:02 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

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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