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Helldriver (2010) More at IMDbPro »Nihon bundan: Heru doraibâ (original title)

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Helldriver -- This no-holds-barred zombie thriller features outlandish special effects and a sarcastic attitude to go with the onscreen carnage. The plot focuses on a teenage girl's attempts to dispatch her psychopathic cannibal mother and uncle.
Helldriver -- This no-holds-barred zombie thriller features outlandish special effects and a sarcastic attitude to go with the onscreen carnage. The plot focuses on a teenage girl's attempts to dispatch her psychopathic cannibal mother and uncle.

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Writers:
Yoshihiro Nishimura (written by) &
Daichi Nagisa (written by)
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Release Date:
23 July 2011 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
A joy ride. (Festival poster) See more »
Plot:
Stilling 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. | Add synopsis »
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Blood, gore and absurdities abundance... See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Yoshihiro Nishimura 
 
Writing credits
Yoshihiro Nishimura (written by) &
Daichi Nagisa (written by)

Produced by
Yoshinori Chiba .... producer
Akifumi Sugihara .... executive producer
Ryô Uchiyama .... line producer
Hiroyuki Yamada .... producer
Shôta Ôba .... marketing producer
 
Original Music by
Kou Nakagawa  (as Kô Nakagawa)
 
Cinematography by
Shu G. Momose 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshihiro Nishimura 
 
Production Design by
Nori Fukuda 
 
Costume Design by
Minori Niizaki 
 
Makeup Department
Yoshinari Dohi .... special makeup effects artist
Daisuke Ebata .... special makeup effects artist
Taiga Ishino .... special makeup effects artist
Ayumi Nakajima .... special makeup effects artist
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... special makeup effects supervisor
Yûta Okuyama .... special makeup effects artist
Chieko Shimizu .... hair stylist
Chieko Shimizu .... makeup artist
Kazuhide Shimohata .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Ikumi Taguchi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jun Shiozaki .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... character designer
 
Sound Department
Hisashi Iwamaru .... sound mixer
Kyûya Nakagawa .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Satoru Ichikawa .... cg artist
Tsuyoshi Kazuno .... visual effects supervisor
Iori Mineta .... cg artist
Hidenobu Sasakura .... cg director
Shigenori Sobue .... cg artist
Miyuki Wakamatsu .... cg artist
 
Stunts
Yoshio Miyaki .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hiroshi Ôta .... lighting director
 
Editorial Department
Takeshi Wada .... editing director
 
Music Department
Ted Geoghegan .... singer (as Zombie GaGa)
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... singer (as Zombie GaGa)
Marc Walkow .... singer (as Zombie GaGa)
 
Other crew
Norman England .... subtitlist
Isao Karasawa .... action director
Yoshiki Takahashi .... poster designer
Demo Tanaka .... director: making of
Marc Walkow .... overseas promotion
 

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Also Known As:
"Nihon bundan: Heru doraibâ" - Japan (original title)
"Hell Driver" - International (English title) (alternative spelling), Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
117 min | 106 min (international version) | Taiwan:105 min (Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival)
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Released in Japan on July 23, 2011.See more »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Blood, gore and absurdities abundance..., 26 December 2011
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

I was so excited when I found out about this movie on Amazon, and I ordered it immediately as it was available, so I managed to acquire a 2-disc DVD version of it. Why was I excited you might ask? Well because it is a zombie movie, a Japanese movie and it has Eihi Shiina in it; three good things put together.

As with the recent releases of gore movies from Japan, you know what you are in for with this movie as well. And true enough, "Helldriver" is in the likes of "Tokyo Gore Police", "Meatball Machine", etc. There is an excessive amount of blood and gore from the very start till end here (so now you are warned). And also there is a lot of questionable effects, but you bear over with it because of the gore and absurdity of the whole movie. This is what Japanese gore movies is all about after all.

The story told in "Helldriver" is just as weird as the rest of the movie. Kika (played by Yumiko Hara) is abused by her mother, watching her father killed before her very eyes, and she have her heart ripped out by her mother. Then things take a turn for the extreme, yeah as if this wasn't absurd enough. Something from space strikes down the mother, and half of Japan is covered by a strange cloud, turning people into ravenous zombies. Kika is recovered by the Japanese government, "improved" and put back out to deal with the zombie invasion in the north and put the Zombie Queen to rest.

"Helldriver" has questionable acting at times, but the overall acting performance was adequate for this particular type of movie. So you come to accept the odd acting and over-dramatized situations from time to time.

I found "Helldriver" to be good enough entertainment, as I knew what to expect and had braced myself beforehand. Take this for what it is, gory entertainment that is almost as far from being realistic as it can get. This is a movie after all, meant to entertain, not meant to mirror our daily lives.

If you don't like gore movies, the extreme splatter movies that Japan have spawned in the recent years, then stay well clear of "Helldriver", because it will not be in your liking. If you are a gorehound and enjoy these over-the-top Japanese splatterfests, then sink your teeth into "Helldriver", because it is as gore-drenched as many of the previous movies of the same genre.

The only thing that was a disappointment for me was that Eihi Shiina didn't have as much time on the screen as I would have liked. But that is a matter of personal preference. And also being a huge fan of the zombie genre, I did found this whole antler-thing on the heads of the zombies to be a bit weird. But I accepted it as part of the movie, and also because it did fit well enough into the absurdity of this particular movie and genre.

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