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I was very surprised by this flick.
The first Troma flick I saw was Terror Firmer, which was just wall to wall sex and violence. Not that that's a bad thing.
With Kabukiman, however, the sex and gore is reduced considerably, and a lot of the humour is quite witty ("Nice dissolve, huh?"), with only a bit of gratuitous nudity(If it wasn't for the attempted rape bit this film could've got away with a 12 rating) and cartoon violence. I really enjoyed this movie, and it definitely makes my all time favourite list.
Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD is one of my favourite Troma movies. In fact, it's
one of my favourite cult movies - full stop. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael
Herz really hit a home run with this opus. Rarely have either of these
great men been responsible for something so lovingly crafted or
In my opinion, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD proves once and for all that Kaufman and Herz are highly skilled filmmakers, not the hacks they promote themselves to be. These men should be feted at film festivals around the world as film gods instead of being reduced to approaching perverts in public toilets for funding. This film is extremely accomplished. The direction is stylish, the pacing is brisk and the action sequences are well staged. Moreover, the film is startlingly original, seamlessly blending action, fantasy, horror, comedy and kabuki.
The quality that sets Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD apart from many Troma films for me is its sense of whimsy and good natured humour. This is possibly the funniest movie Kaufman and Herz have ever made. Much of this is due to Rick Gianasi. Gianasi is by no means a great actor, but his charismatic yet clueless persona is perfect for the role of Harry/Kabukiman. Harry's transformation into Kabukiman and his encounters with Reginald's henchmen are hilarious and visually impressive. It takes a unique mind to come up with death by chopsticks and sushi paper. The special effects are great, with the emphasis being placed more on humour than gore. The scene in which Kabukiman is flattened by a truck never ceases to make me laugh.
Kaufman and Herz not only created a great hero in Kabukiman, but also an excellent sidekick in Lotus. Susan Byun plays the role with a po-faced sincerity that is hysterical. I also found the romance between Kabukiman and Lotus strangely endearing. Forget those losers balancing on the end of the boat in "Titanic", the most romantic moment in cinema history is Kabukiman flying over New York City with Lotus on his back (that is before he gets airsick and hurls). The flying scenes deserve a special mention, this is the kind of B-grade special effect that got me hooked on cult movies for life.
Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD is a very special film, which I would recommend to anyone. Cult movies have rarely been so original, entertaining and lacking in pretension. It is surely time for Lloyd to start pimping out Mr Herz in order to raise funds for the sequel.
There are few artistic achievements that our race as a whole have produced, especially in the field of motion picture, that truly resonate within our psyche, leaving us profoundly altered. This film, Sgt. Kabuki Man, NYPD, is one of those achievements. It is a pure lancet of truth and hope that slices through the gossamar chains of society's current state of disrepair, a beacon in the fog for lost souls to reclaim there lives. Using the classic Joeseph Campbell idea of 'hero' and 'quest', this novel script shows that anyone, even one as societally dominated and oppressed as the protagonist Harry Griswold, possess the ability to totally revamp their lives into something meaningful and worthwhile. And indeed, it is the brilliantly woven script (by freshman writer Robert Koffey) that keeps the plot taunt and titillating, steeped in rich metaphors and symbolism. For example, during the initial kabuki transformation sequence after the goons have shot up the theater and the explosions have gone off, the main character can be seen frenching an old guy and then eating some worms. This is a perfect microcosm for the greater ideas that directors Michael Hurtz and Lloyd Kaufman feel we need to come to grips with in our own lives- suffer embarrassment and pain to feel redemption. Thank you, noble angels. I only hope your genius-work finds a receptive audience in the vapid teenage wasteland of suburban America.
Harry Griswold is a clumsy New York cop who one night decides to go to the
theater and watch Kabuki. Suddenly guys with machineguns start shooting at
the actors on stage and kills the oldest Kabuki-actor.
Harry draws his gun and shield and start shooting at them. When he gets up on the stage, the dying elder Kabuki-actor grabs him and gives him a sloppy kiss. When he does that, he transfers the old Kabuki-spirit to Harry. This is where his problems begin. The old mans daughter, Lotus must now teach him to master his Kabuki-powers to stop the evil one from ruling the earth.
This is the best Troma-movie that I have ever seen. Lloyd Kaufman is one of the coolest directors ever. Funny, violent and silly. It's full of make-up, kimonos, blood, worms and crazy villains. It also has a funny soundtrack. I saw it on the new DVD-release which has a lot of extra features.
If you love Troma-movies you will love this one. I give it a 10/10.
Yes... Troma, the longest lasting indipendent film studio ever... And this
film is one of there MANY pieces of art. This film is really silly, but
really funny. "Oh great, first I got kissed by a man, now I'm wearing a
dress." GREAT quote! Troma is the best studio ever made! I don't know why
people hate this movie. If has so many classic scenes...
After being kissed by a kabuki master, Harry Griswold (police
detective) transforms into the superhero Kabukiman. Harnessing his new
kabuki powers, he faces corrupt businessmen, drug-dealing ministers...
and must prevent the monkey from riding the jaguar.
I first watched this film years (2000?) ago at my friend Jason's apartment and loved it, as I love all Troma releases. Today I watched it for the second time after picking up the DVD at Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors in Chicago 2007 from the director himself, Lloyd Kaufman. The movie was everything I remembered it being and more.
The humor is cheesy and full of bad puns, the acting is decent but not Oscar-worthy, and some scenes are just not politically correct (though by far much less gross than any other Troma movie ever made). We get the first instance of the legendary car crash scene and some good fights. Heck, even the flying special effect is tolerable. Though after seeing "Puma Man" pretty much all flying scenes are tolerable.
Troma is known for their anti-capitalism views, and it shows here (though more subtle than in "Troma's War" or "Terror Firmer"). I mean, the villains are a business tycoon and a reverend! This is a strength for the films, I feel, because it really helps the target audience rally around the hero. If you're watching these films and enjoying them, clearly you like independent films, which makes you a natural for being opposed to huge organizations. Or maybe it's just me.
So, yes. Cheesy plot and acting. A little gore (but not too much). Some bare breasts for no good reason. It's everything you expect from Troma, though more tame and with a little more plot. You really ought to see "Toxic Avenger" first, but if you like that one, this is a great follow-up.
I bought this flick after hearing, good, bad, and something in the middle. I thought it was pretty fun and had a few hilarious scenes. Kabukiman is one of my favorite superheros now, he is better than superman, batman, spiderman, and so on. JUst not as good as the Toxic Avenger. The main problem with this film is it lacks the gore and nudity Troma is famously known for, but it works for this movie for the most part. It is more of a "family" troma flick if that is possible. It still has some blood and some nudity (if you watch the UNRATED director's cut) but not as much as say...Terror Firmer. Not near as much. It has a scene of Troma's famous barfing however. Overall a fun film and definitely worth a watch. Recommended!
I can't believe it.... Over 20 years ago I was stopped at the Pathtrain
in Hoboken, being asked whether I would like to be an extra in a
movie.... Over the years I had been looking for this movie, and finally
found it today.
The theater scene at the beginning is the one, I "starred" in..... it was great fun and I remember the line "everybody freeze - police" from back then.
Have ordered it online to watch with the kids :-) It gets 10 out of 10 from me.... just because I am in it (or may have been cut out.... who knows)
In 1984, Lloyd Kaufman introduced us to a different kind of superhero.
Whereas most still look human, Toxie started as one and became a mutant
thanks to a bath in some toxic waste. The film and character didn't
catch on with the mainstream the way Batman and Superman have, but so
what? A question many fans may have been asking was, "Is that all
you've got?" Fast forward 6 years later and enter a film with a
superhero even more bizarre. The film that surrounds him isn't too bad
Pros: Lively performances. Fun score and main title theme. Some nicely done practical effects. Tongue in cheek attitude. Quick paced for most of the running time. Inventiveness up the wazoo, starting with the superhero himself. Nice production design.
Cons: Some poor editing. Runs on a few minutes too long. Dated visual effects.
Final thoughts: For such a troubled production, 'Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.' turned out to be one fun flick. Troma has made better ones, but this one is nowhere near the bottom of the heap. It's zany enough to please fans of classics like 'The Toxic Avenger.' How could one not enjoy a movie with flying Japanese footwear, a guy buried in wasabi mustard and a monkey wearing a suit and top hat?
My rating: 3.5/5
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
SGT. KABUKIMAN N.Y.P.D. has got to be one of the best & funniest TROMA
comedies around! it's so silly that you can't help but enjoy it, as a
cop becomes a colorfully dressed superhero after receiving the powers
of the Kabuki, so instead of arresting the street scum terrorizing the
city, he beats them up instead & with the help of LOTUS his female
companion, he must stop an prophecy from being fulfilled that will
bring about our destruction. Amid layers of bad acting & a somewhat
disheveled look to the picture, SGT. KABUKIMAN N.Y.P.D. is a real treat
for Troma fans, sure it's not as gross or outlandish & not as violent
as their TOXIC AVENGER series, but this is still a fun film & worth
owning if you can find a copy of it anywhere. The Kabukiman character
later turned up in, CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER PART 4
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