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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.


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Yoshihiro Nishimura (written by) &
Daichi Nagisa (written by)
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Release Date:
23 July 2011 (Japan) See more »
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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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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
Yoshio Miyaki .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Hiroshi Ôta .... lighting director
Editorial Department
Takeshi Wada .... editing director
Music Department
Ted Geoghegan .... singer
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... singer
Marc Walkow .... singer
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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117 min | 106 min (international version) | Taiwan:105 min (Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival)
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Produced and distributed in Japan along with Alien vs. Ninja (2010), Yakuza Weapon (2011) and Deadball (2011) as the second wave of Nikkatsu's Sushi Typhoon series of J-sploitation cinema.See more »
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References Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)See more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
J-spoloitation is back!, 29 October 2011
Author: Mark Vessey from England

The new entry into the "J-sploitation" genre, or what I've lovingly dubbed it "the purposefully hilarious, batshit crazy Asian B-movie" genre, this time from renowned splatter director Yoshihiro Nishimura, the genius behind "Tokyo Gore Police". We're treated to people lap dancing on spinal columns, alien starfish, a scene straight out of Power Rangers featuring zombies using their newborn (umbilical cord an all) as projectiles, an eight armed zombie that sounds like the putty patrol, a zombie seemingly made of weapons fighting an armored car, a car made of zombies, a fight sequence on top of a rocket propelled airplane made of zombies, zombies playing the accordion, zombies getting anally jousted with a chainsaw sword, the title sequence appearing after the hour mark, overall hilarious dialog and much, much more. It may not be as brilliant as its contemporaries but "Helldriver, RoboGeisha, Machine Girl", etc. all prove that nobody makes B-movies like the Asians, not even The Asylum. Also, it's still very strange seeing Eihi Shiina in this crazy villain role after seeing her in "Audition" but she's still amazing.

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