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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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Fans of the genre will love it, others will hate it... See more (12 total) »

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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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The chainsword is a weapon used by the military forces of the Imperium of Man in the "Warhammer" game franchise.See more »
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References Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Fans of the genre will love it, others will hate it..., 16 April 2012
Author: Alucard Venom from Azarath

I love Asian cinema. I love gore from time to time, but I am not big fan of gory flicks.... but this one is damn entertaining. Fans of the genre will surely love it (as well as gorehounds) but other more mainstream audiences will hate it and get confused most of the time.

"Helldriver" is what could be considered "new wave of Japanese grindhouse" and it has everything good grindhouse needs: little to no story, weird moments, lot of gore, violence and blood. There's not much nudity in this one, but gore and blood splatters go over the top in every possible way.

Plot is rather simple: meteor (!?) falls to Earth, turning nearly all people in Japan into some kind of zombie mutants. Kika (Yumiko Hara) is sent to chop the heck out of them and kill mutant leader. Other folks join her in her mission. Now, first part of the movie is bit awkward (in a good) way, having nice amount of social\ politics\religious satire (but gore and action scenes still happen here) and somewhere around the half of the movie, title shows up (not kidding). After that, the movie "really" begins, which is pretty much hack'n'slash after that.

What makes HELLDRIVER great is that movie doesn't take itself very seriously (I was laughing most of the time, even in bloodiest scenes), gore FX are well done, and what impresses me the most are makeup effects on some "boss" monsters. I swear, at least half of the budget must have gone on makeup and fake blood (and this movie has insane amount of blood, maybe even more then Peter Jackson's "Braindead").

Some really cool villains (and original) and great fight scenes (and hilarious at the same time!) with them. Most of the time you'll keep asking yourself "how the heck they are gonna top the last scene" in terms of (un)logic, visuals and action.

Yumiko Hara is also very pretty and looks like Japanese action heroine. Hope we'll see more of her in future. Eihi Shiina (from Tokyo Gore Police, Audition) plays main villain, and she's wonderful as usual. Her scenes are over the top most of the time, but they fit movie perfectly, since Helldriver itself is way over the top in every possible element.

Turn off your logic and remember "it's just a movie". Enjoy the mayhem that happens on screen, and you'll surely like Helldriver.

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