New Japanese Gore films

by Mighty_Emperor | created - 05 Oct 2011 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

There is a new trend among the more way-out Japanese films for wildly over-the-top stories and fountaining gore effects, perhaps as a reaction to the rampant success of the more ghostly Japanese horror films (at exactly the time some people were predicting the death of J-Horror) and tapping into the ero guro spirit that seems to surface sporadically in Japanese culture. This list, a spin-off from my one on weird Japanese films, will try and chart this development, as all these films have involvement from a small group of film makers.

Although drawing a line in the sand can be a little arbitrary I'm going with the start of this phenomena being the impressive success of Versus. The team would get back together again for Alive in 2002 and again for Battlefield Baseball in 2003, this time with writer Yudai Yamaguchi moving into the director's chair and being joined by producer Yoshinori Chiba, who would be a recurring presence throughout the rest of the list (first through his own company Media Suits, then with Nikkatsu one of Japan's oldest film production companies and then through the Nikkatsu subsidiary set-up specifically to work with such filmmakers).

The first of the New Japanese Gore films (nu J-Gore?) is really Meatball Machine, again directed by Yamaguchi with Versus/Battlefield Baseball/Death Trance star Tak Sakaguchi as action director, but bringing in the most important element - special effects monster Yoshihiro Nishimura, Japan's Tom Savini (I was going to go with "Japan's Screaming Mad George," as this would be a better stylistic parallel, but then remembered SMG is Japanese). The film gave the transgressive and transformational style of film like Tetsuo a more organic, body horror-style (possibly biopunk) makeover which helped set the standard for future films. Nishimura then provided the special effects for Machine Girl, which also brings in the final two key players in the story: visual effects wizard Tsuyoshi Kazuno and director Noboru Iguchi who moved over from directing adult videos, to more... exploitationy films (his earlier Sukeban Boy captures him in transition between the two). This then properly launched this new wave of Japanese gore films with a shifting line-up of writers, directors and effects people, with the same names cropping up time and again. in 2010 a lot of those highlighted here formed a production company called Sushi Typhoon.

There are other films that would fit in with these but I wanted to focus on those from the same family of creators (although it probably needs a family tree diagram to best explain it) - if you want more, and longer history going back before Versus, then I have a more complete list. If you are looking for the older violent and gory Japanese films, then you'll find them here.

I think one term that popped up might be telling: Gaijinsploitation. I've seen no real explanation of the term although the etymology is easy enough: gaijin is a Japanese term for foreigner, but there are no foreigners in the films being exploited, so are the films themselves exploiting us, the foreigner viewer, giving us what we think we want to see in a crazy Japanese film? After all it does seem the bulk of the early market was abroad - in early 2011 Noboru Iguchi said that "Nishimura and I always had much success with these films internationally at festivals, but it's only with the past few that we have developed an audience within Japan as well." Worth noting the involvement of Media Blasters in this (specifically their Tokyo Shock line) - they helped get Death Trance made and moved quickly to capitalise on Machine Girl which led to Tokyo Gore Police. Yoko Hayama works for Media Blasters and was the producer on these films and she said that they'd asked the creators "to make their story for adult, male audience in US" based on what they knew sold best in their Tokyo Shock line. If the creators were just giving us what they think we want, then there is a real danger of the titles becoming cliched and tired, in much the same way as the success of the ghost films, shinrei-mono, led to inferior imitators, unnecessary remakes and its ultimate downfall). However, the wild creative energy from those involved does seem to helping them leap over such pitfalls and forming their own production company looks like a positive step too. The real problem might come when Hollywood tries to cash-in on this, although the content may be too out-there to be properly re-bottle the lightning on American soil, so we'll wait and see.

There is an earlier film that is part of the connections here but isn't listed on IMDB although it has been released on DVD as Snot Rocket and Super Detective, as Nishimura has explained when talking about his working relationship with Tak:


The first job we did together was the independent film “The Snotty Detective” (released through Tokyo Shock in North America) with director Yudai Yamaguchi.


Anyway before, finally, getting to the list, I thought I'd highlight the way the core New Japanese Gore (NJG) films tend to fall into a number of general phases:

* The initial one where the key players started to assemble around Ryuhei Kitamura and they got a lot of international attention thanks to the success of Versus. * The Fundoshi Corps films with producer Yukihiko Yamaguchi that set out the stall for the NJG films with Meatball Machine. * The Fever Dreams (Media Blasters' production company for original content) co-productions with Nikkatsu through producers Yoko Hayama and Yoshinori Chiba (for Fever Dreams and Nikkatsu, respectively), which started at the end of the initial phase with Death Trance and would take NJG films. * The Gaijinsploitation period which would build on the previous NJG films. * The Sushi Typhoon films with Yoshinori Chiba as the main producer (it is a subsidiary of Nikkatsu). * Nishimura Eizo films, it has the same name as Nishimura's special effects company but is listed separately here as a production company too, so he might be taking the work in-house. The output here is varied trying out new ideas and collaborations, from a couple of kaijufilms to contributing segments to anthology films some of which (like the portmanteau pieces) that keep the spirit of NJG alive.

Further reading: A good piece from Horror News and they have a follow-up looking at this set of films giving them the title Tokyo Gore" (which is almost unGooglable so I have no idea how widespread the usage is). Sketches of Cinema have a useful overview of the key releases.

See also: Splat Pack and New French Extremity films, movies from other groups of film-makers pushing the envelope of what is acceptable.

Comments: As I don't have a Facebook account I cannot interact with the new comments system, so have switched it off. I will start a thread on the message board and link it in here shortly.

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1. The Machine Girl (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Maimed while seeking revenge, a girl becomes stronger than ever.

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Minase Yashiro, Asami, Nobuhiro Nishihara, Kentarô Shimazu

Votes: 9,493

Here for the image, the list starts below

aka Anatomia Extinction

Remade as Tokyo Gore Police.

3. Down to Hell (1997)

47 min | Horror

The long-time entertainment of the company of scumbags is that they kidnap people and take them to the forest, where they release and begin to hunt them. However, they do not suspect that ... See full summary »

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Masami Miyata, Kohji Gotoh, Yoshihiro Okamoto, Ryûhei Kitamura

Votes: 269

* Ryuhei Kitamura - director / writer / actor / editor * Yudai Yamaguchi - assistant director / editor / camera operator * Nobuhiko Morino - actor / special effects / composer * Tak Sakaguchi - production assistant

The film that would go on to be expanded into Versus (2000).

A napalm FiLMS production.

4. Versus (II) (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki, Chieko Misaka, Kenji Matsuda

Votes: 12,066

* Ryuhei Kitamura - director / writer * Yudai Yamaguchi - writer * Tak Sakaguchi - actor * Hideo Sakaki - actor * Nobuhiko Morino - composer * Yuji Shimomura - action director * Susumu Nakatani - special effects

An important film for these kinds of Japanese horror film, as it proved a cult hit overseas which would get companies interested in seeing what else the team could do. Kitamura would get offered higher budget work almost immediately (I think it is telling that one of his favourite films in Commando, so the Western movie influence may have helped make his work more successful overseas) but other key people here would go on to have a big hand in New Japanese Gore, specifically Yudai Yamaguchi and Tak Sakaguchi. You'll see a lot of pieces of the jigsaw coming together, before get the first true NJG film in 2005.

For more zombie films see my Asian zombie films list.

A napalm FiLMS production.

5. Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies (2001)

80 min | Comedy, Horror

Girls surrounding 17 years old are affected by an illness that make her to be 'Stacies': they feel a strange and momentary happiness until they become zombies.

Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Stars: Norman England, Tomoka Hayashi, Yukijirô Hotaru, Ryôichi Inaba

Votes: 1,504

* Naoyuki Tomomatsu - director * Kenji Otsuki - novel / actor * Norman England - actor

Interestingly, this seems a stylistic precursor to the later New Japanese Gore films, just without the trademark berserk special effects designs of Yoshihiro Nishimura. Tomomatsu has directed two more zombie films (of diminishing quality, but possibly qualifying him as "Japan's Romero") and would co-direct the NJG film Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl with Nishimura.

6. Alive (2002)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Horror

After survivng his own execution, Tenshu choses to be subjected to the bizarre experiments of the prison officials.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Hideo Sakaki, Ryô, Koyuki, Shun Sugata

Votes: 1,318

* Ryuhei Kitamura - writer / director * Yudai Yamaguchi - writer * Tak Sakaguchi - actor * Hideo Sakaki - actor * Go Ohara - actor and stunts * Yuji Shimomura - action director * Nobuhiko Morino - composer

A napalm FiLMS production.

7. Aragami (2003)

78 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

A raging god of battle and a master samurai duke it out in a series of sword fights in a remote temple.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Masaya Katô, Kanae Uotani, Tak Sakaguchi

Votes: 2,026

* Ryuhei Kitamura - writer / director * Ryuichi Takatsu - writer * Tak Sakaguchi - actor * Hideo Sakaki - actor * Yuji Shimomura - action director * Nobuhiko Morino - composer

A napalm FiLMS production.

8. Battlefield Baseball (2003)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Battlefield Baseball is a tough game--it doesn't end until all the members on the opposing team are dead. In this game the Gedo High team is composed of blue-faced zombies, and their ... See full summary »

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi | Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Atsushi Itô, Hideo Sakaki, Shôichirô Masumoto

Votes: 1,357

aka Battlefield Baseball

* Yudai Yamaguchi - director * Ryuichi Takatsu - writer * Tak Sakaguchi - actor * Hideo Sakaki - actor * Go Ohara - stunts * Susumu Nakatani - special effects * Ryuhei Kitamura - producer * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A napalm FiLMS/Media Suits production.

9. Sky High (2003)

R | 122 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Action

A detective hunts a killer who is removing girls hearts. When his own fiancée falls victim to the killer, the detective discovers the otherworldly intentions of the killer and is helped from beyond the grave by his fiancée.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Yumiko Shaku, Takao Ohsawa, Shôsuke Tanihara, Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Votes: 1,361

* Ryuhei Kitamura - director * Ryuichi Takatsu - writer * Eihi Shiina - actor * Nobuhiko Morino - composer

* Noboru Iguchi - director / writer / producer / cinematographer * Demo Tanaka - actor * Hiroaki Murakami - actor * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special effects * Yukiyasu Shimada - producer

Noboru Iguchi's first feature.

11. Dir en Grey: Obscure (2003)

5 min | Short, Music

A music video for Dir en Grey's song "Obscure".

Stars: Die, Dir en Grey, Kaoru, Kyo

Votes: 5

The names of those who worked on this has proved difficult to track down, but it has the fingerprints of Yoshihiro Nishimura on it. I'll pop it in here as an example of the kind of thing that was sloshing around Japan as NJG was coming together. You can watch the uncensored version here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUtKNtJlUM4

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / writer / actor / editor / cinematographer / production design / gaffer / character design / special effects * Demo Tanaka - actor * Noboru Iguchi - actor * Yukiyasu Shimada - producer

Not gory but worth a mention as it relates to the connections between the creators.

aka Entrails of a Larva

* Noboruo Iguchi - director / writer * Demo Tanaka - actor * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special makeup effects artist / prosthetics * Yukiyasu Shimada - producer

A spin-off from A Larva to Love, apparently included on the DVD (although I can't find much information about a home media release).

14. Death Trance (2005)

R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An unknown time. An unknown place. Without reasons. With no future. His only desire is... Destruction! Death Trance combines the themes of good versus evil, and the awakening of an unlikely... See full summary »

Director: Yûji Shimomura | Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Takamasa Suga, Kentaro Seagal, Yûki Takeuchi

Votes: 1,735

* Yuji Shimomura - director * Junya Kato - writer * Seiji Chiba - writer * Tak Sakaguchi - actor * Hiroko Yashiki - actor * Go Ohara - action director * Yoko Hayama - producer * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Fever Dreams/Media Suits co-production.

15. Meatball Machine (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Full-throttle splatter-ific Japanese cyberpunk science fiction/horror at its most aggressive, this mind-blower about alien parasites that turn their human hosts into slave "Necroborgs" will leave you dizzy and drained - in a good way.

Directors: Yudai Yamaguchi, Jun'ichi Yamamoto | Stars: Issey Takahashi, Aoba Kawai, Kenichi Kawasaki, Shôichirô Masumoto

Votes: 1,754

aka Fundoshi Corps 1

* Yudai Yamaguchi - director * Junya Kato - writer * Ayano Yamamoto - actor * Tak Sakaguchi - action director * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor / special effects / mold maker * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Maki Mizui - special make-up effects assistant * Yukihiko Yamaguchi - producer

A remake of Meatball Machine (1999), which is included on the UK DVD (the one I've got) but, oddly, edited into a short film.

If we wanted to identify the real start of New Japanese Gore films, then this is it, if nothing else it is where it got the kind of attention that would lead to more funds and interest from outside Japan.

16. Sukeban Boy (2006)

62 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A raucous teen boy with a feminine face is teased everywhere, so his odd biker father dresses him as a girl and sends him to an all-girl school. The lad introduces himself as Sukeban, and a... See full summary »

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Asami, Kaori, Demo Tanaka, Sarasa Tani

Votes: 422

aka Fundoshi Corps 2

* Noboru Iguchi - writer / director * Asami - actor * Demo Tanaka - actor * Hiroaki Murakami - actor * Maki Mizui - actor / special make-up effects assistant * Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special effects * Yukihiko Yamaguchi - producer

17. Meatball Machine: Reject of Death (2007 Video)

10 min | Short, Action, Horror

Add a Plot

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura | Stars: Asami, Maki Hamada, Kika, Oppe Ma

Votes: 72

aka Fundoshi Corps 3

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - writer / director / editor / cinematographer / special effects make-up * Ayano Yamamoto - actor * Asami - actor / special effects assistant * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Maki Mizui - special effects assistant / special make-up effects assisstant * Yudai Yamaguchi - producer * Yukihiko Yamaguchi - producer

Included on the Meatball Machine DVD (at least the UK one I have).

18. The Machine Girl (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Maimed while seeking revenge, a girl becomes stronger than ever.

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Minase Yashiro, Asami, Nobuhiro Nishihara, Kentarô Shimazu

Votes: 9,493

* Noboru Iguchi - writer / director * Ayano Yamamoto - actor * Asami - actor * Hiroko Yashiki - actor * Demo Tanaka - actor * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects * Maki Mizui - special make-up effects assistant * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Yoko Hayama - producer * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Fever Dreams/Nikkatsu co-production.

19. Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers.

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura | Stars: Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Yukihide Benny, Jiji Bû

Votes: 10,442

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - writer / director / actor / editor / special make-up effects supervisor * Kengo Kaji - writer * Maki Mizui - writer / actor / special make-up effects assistant * Tak Sakaguchi - fight choreographer / actor (cameo) * Ayano Yamamoto - actor * Eihi Shiina - actor * Keisuke Horibe - actor * Demo Tanaka - actor * Arata Yamanaka - actor * Yoshio Komatsu - actor * Norman England - actor * Jiji Bu - actor * Shu Momose - cinematographer * Yudai Yamaguchi/Noboru Iguchi - made the fake commercials * Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects and mold making * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Kou Nakagawa - composer * Nori Fukuda - production designer * Yoko Hayama - producer * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A remake of Yoshihiro Nishimura's Anatomia Extinction (1995).

A Fever Dreams/Nikkatsu co-production.

* Tak Sakaguchi - director * Ryuhei Kitamura - writer * Arata Yamanaka - actor * Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects artist * Nobuhiko Morino - composer

Asian zombie film.

A napalm FiLMS production.

21. Hard Revenge, Milly (2008)

44 min | Short, Action, Drama

A fierce warrior (Miki Mizuno) becomes embroiled in a vicious cycle of vengeance.

Director: Takanori Tsujimoto | Stars: Hirotsugu Imamura, Mickey Koga, Miki Mizuno, Tetsuya Nakamura

Votes: 375

* Takanori Tsujimoto - director / writer * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist

22. Oneechanbara: The Movie (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Horror

In the year 20XX a mysterious scientist discovers a way to bring back the dead . . . only it turns one town into a zombie-infested hellhole. But when the world falls into ruin, only one ... See full summary »

Director: Yôhei Fukuda | Stars: Eri Otoguro, Tomohiro Waki, Tarô Suwa, Manami Hashimoto

Votes: 1,149

* Go Ohara - action director * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor

Asian zombie film

23. Tamami: The Baby's Curse (2008)

100 min | Horror

As a teenager, Yoko discovers that she is not really an orphan when her wealthy but very strange family welcomes her home to a mansion that many claim is haunted.

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi | Stars: Nako Mizusawa, Goro Noguchi, Takumi Saitoh, Itsuji Itao

Votes: 237

aka Tamami: The Baby's Curse

* Yudai Yamaguchi - director * Asami - actor * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor

24. Geisha Assassin (2008)

78 min | Action, Drama

This story is set during the Edo ages in Japan. On a rainy night, Kotono confronts the samurais who have killed her father. The samurai attack her one by one, but she manages to withstand ... See full summary »

Director: Gô Ohara | Stars: Minami Tsukui, Shigeru Kanai, Nao Nagasawa, Taka Ôkubo

Votes: 554

aka Gaijinsploitation 1

* Go Ohara - director * Kou Nakagawa - composer

Where the list crosses-over with ninja films.

An Ohara Bros production

25. Samurai Princess (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Horror

AS group of young schoolgirls walking through the woods is attacked and raped by a gang of thugs. Only one of the girls survives, but is badly injured. She is found by a scientist who takes... See full summary »

Director: Kengo Kaji | Stars: Aino Kishi, Dai Mizuno, Asuka Kataoka, Mao Shiina

Votes: 826

aka Gaijinsploitation 2

* Kengo Kaji - director / writer * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor

26. Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009)

TV-MA | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Transfer student Monami has a secret and a past that has caught up with Mizushima. Deceiving Mizushima into eating a token gift of chocolate, laced with her blood, he is then catapulted ... See full summary »

Directors: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Stars: Yukie Kawamura, Takumi Saitoh, Eri Otoguro, Sayaka Kametani

Votes: 3,394

aka Gaijinsploitation 3

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / editor / special make-up effects supervisor * Naoyuki Tomomatsu - director / writer * Eihi Shiina - actor * Maki Mizui - actor * Jiji Bu - actor * Shu Momose - cinematographer * Tak Sakaguchi - fight choreography * Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects artist / mold maker * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Kou Nakagawa - composer * Kyuya Nakagawa - sound recordist * Nori Fukuda - production designer

A Concept Film/Pony Canyon production.

27. RoboGeisha (2009)

TV-MA | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

After receiving robotic implants, two sisters compete as assassins.

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Asami, Takumi Saitoh, Naoto Takenaka, Yoshihiro Nishimura

Votes: 2,284

aka Robo-Geisha or Gaijinsploitation 4

* Noboru Iguchi - writer / director * Asami - actor * Yui Murata - actor * Demo Tanaka - actor * Hiroaki Murakami - actor * Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor / special effects supervisor / actor * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Yasuhiko Fukuda - composer

A Pony Canyon production.

28. Hard Revenge, Milly: Bloody Battle (2009)

72 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic Japan, Tokyo has become a windswept desert. After witnessing the brutal murder of her husband and child, Milly is butchered and left for dead but she wakes up in a ... See full summary »

Director: Takanori Tsujimoto | Stars: Miki Mizuno, Rei Fujita, Mickey Koga, Masahiro Kômoto

Votes: 419

* Takanori Tsujimoto - director / cinematographer * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor

29. Shyness Machine Girl (2009 Video)

22 min | Short, Action, Comedy

Shy Japanese school girl Yoshie survives a near fatal blow to the head. After undergoing extensive training and receiving a few modifications to her body, Yoshie decides to get revenge on ... See full summary »

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Noriko Kijima, Yûya Ishikawa, Demo Tanaka, Kentaro Kishi

Votes: 193

Machine Girl sequel

* Noboru Iguchi - writer / director * Asami - actor * Hiroaki Murakami - actor * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor / special effects supervisor / cinematographer / gaffer * Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects artist * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Kou Nakagawa - composer * Yoko Hayama - producer * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Fever Dreams/Nikkatsu co-production.

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - writer / director / editor / special make-up effects supervisor / special effects supervisor * Jun Shiozaki - assistant director * Maki Mizui - actor * Shu Momose - cinematographer * Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Kou Nakagawa - composer * Kyuya Nakagawa - sound recordist * Nori Fukuda - production designer * Yoko Hayama - producer * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

Tokyo Gore Police sequel that takes place 63 minutes after the first film finishes.

A Fever Dreams/Nikkatsu co-production.

31. Elevator Trap (2009)

107 min | Thriller

(Japanese with English subtitles) Three seemingly unacquainted men and a woman find themselves trapped in an elevator. As the hours pass and anxiety rises, they recount darkly funny tales ... See full summary »

Director: Keisuke Horibe | Stars: Seiyô Uchino, Aimi Satsukawa, Shôtarô Ashida, Sei Ashina

Votes: 113

* Keisuke Horibe - director / writer * Jun Shiozaki - assistant director * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects * Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor

32. The Big Tits Dragon (2010)

73 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A medieval Book of the Dead is discovered in the catacombs that run under a small town strip club. When one of the desperate strippers raises an army of the undead, the rest of the ... See full summary »

Director: Takao Nakano | Stars: Sora Aoi, Risa Kasumi, Mari Sakurai, Tamayo

Votes: 1,224

aka Big Tits Zombie

* Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor

Asian zombie film

A Concept Film production.

33. Horny House of Horror (2010 Video)

75 min | Comedy, Horror

The film is about three men, Nakazu (Yuya Ishikawa), Toshida (Wani Kansai) and Uno (Toushi Yanagi) who enter a brothel in Japan to allow Nakazu to have the experience paying for sex before ... See full summary »

Director: Jun Tsugita | Stars: Asami, Yûya Ishikawa, Wani Kansai, Miyavi Matsunoi

Votes: 399

aka Fashion Hell

* Jun Tsugita - writer / director / editor * Asami - actor * Takashi Nishina - actor * Demo Tanaka - actor * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor * Kyuya Nakagawa - sound

34. The Ancient Dogoo Girl: Special Movie Edition (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

A stay-at-home nerd's dream comes true when he unearths a strange breastplate and awakens a sexy monster hunter named Dogoo, who brings him along her adventure with wacky monsters. (Japanese with English subtitles).

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Erika Yazawa, Masataka Kubota, Rina Kirishima, Tokio Emoto

Votes: 24

* Noboru Iguchi - writer / director * Jun Tsugita - writer * Asami - actor * Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor

Edited down from the TV show which was also partly written by Junya Kato.

35. Gothic & Lolita Psycho (2010)

TV-14 | 88 min | Action, Horror

Her beloved mother murdered by a vicious gang of assassins, young Yuki (2007 Best Buttocks Award-winner Akiyama) transforms herself into a gothic lolita killing machine, wielding a lethal ... See full summary »

Director: Gô Ohara | Stars: Rina Akiyama, Ruito Aoyagi, Asami, Yukihide Benny

Votes: 691

aka Psycho Gothic Lolita

* Go Ohara - director * Asami - actor * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Yuta Okuyama - special make-up effects

An Ohara Bros/Pony Canyon co-production

36. Mutant Girls Squad (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

On her sixteenth birthday, Rin (Yumi Sugimoto), a bullied, timid schoolgirl witnesses her parents killed by fearful, anti-mutant humans. Rins dormant mutant abilities are awakened and she ... See full summary »

Directors: Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tak Sakaguchi | Stars: Asami, Tak Sakaguchi, Naoto Takenaka, Noboru Iguchi

Votes: 1,578

aka Mutant Girl Squad

* Noboru Iguchi - director * Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / special make-up effects supervisor / actor * Tak Sakaguchi - director / actor * Jun Tsugita - writer * Asami - actor * Maki Mizui - actor * Yui Murata - actor * Demo Tanaka - actor * Arata Yamanaka - actor * Shu Momose - cinematographer * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Kou Nakagawa - composer * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Sushi Typhoon production.

37. Alien vs. Ninja (2010)

80 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

A comet crashes into a Japanese forest and a group of mighty ninjas must fight a group of killer Aliens before they reach their village and kill everyone.

Director: Seiji Chiba | Stars: Masanori Mimoto, Shûji Kashiwabara, Donpei Tsuchihira, Mika Hijii

Votes: 2,076

* Seiji Chiba - writer / director / producer * Yuji Shimomura - action coordinator * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Sushi Typhoon production.

38. Helldriver (2010)

Not Rated | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Still 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.

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura | Stars: Yumiko Hara, Eihi Shiina, Kazuki Namioka, Yûrei Yanagi

Votes: 1,414

* Yoshihiro Nishimura - director / special make-up effects supervisor * Jun Shiozaki - assistant director * Eihi Shiina - actor * Asami - actor * Maki Mizui - actor * Yui Murata - actor * Demo Tanaka - actor * Hiroaki Murakami - actor * Arata Yamanaka - actor * Yoshio Komatsu - actor * Norman England - actor * Yasuhiko Fukuda - actor * Shu Momose - cinematographer * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Kou Nakagawa - composer * Kyuya Nakagawa - sound * Nori Fukuda - production designer * Ryo Uchiyama - line producer * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Sushi Typhoon production.

Asian zombie film

39. Yakuza Weapon (2011)

TV-14 | 105 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After his father is killed, a young yakuza comes back to Japan for revenge - and a machine gun for an arm.

Directors: Tak Sakaguchi, Yudai Yamaguchi | Stars: Tomori Abe, Dennis Gunn, Cay Izumi, Shinji Kasahara

Votes: 489

* Yudai Yamaguchi - writer / director * Tak Sakaguchi - writer / director / actor * Takashi Nishina - actor * Yui Murata - actor * Arata Yamanaka - actor * Yuji Shimomura - action director * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor / actor * Tomo Hyakutake - special make-up effects artist * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Nobuhiko Morino - composer * Nori Fukuda - production designer * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Sushi Typhoon production.

40. Deadball (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sport

Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan. After accidentally causing the death of his father with a super-powered, ... See full summary »

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi | Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Mari Hoshino, Miho Ninagawa, Takamasa Suga

Votes: 489

* Yudai Yamaguchi - director * Tak Sakaguchi - actor * Yuji Shimomura - action director * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Tomo Hyakutake - special make-up effects artist * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Nobuhiko Morino - composer * Yoshinori Chiba - producer

A Sushi Typhoon production.

aka Red Tears or more recently Sword of Blood

* Takanori Tsujimoto - director / writer / cinematographer * Yuko Momochi - writer * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor * Shota Kawamura - visual effects supervisor

Early reviews seem positive.

42. Zombie Ass: The Toilet of the Dead (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

Wracked with guilt over the suicide of her bullied sister, young karate student Megumi accompanies four older friends on a trip into the woods: smart girl Aya, her druggie boyfriend Také, ... See full summary »

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Arisa Nakamura, Mayu Sugano, Asana Mamoru, Yûki

Votes: 1,780

* Noboru Iguchi - director * Jun Tsugita - writer * Asami - actor * Demo Tanaka - actor * Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor * Yasuhiko Fukuda - composer * Nori Fukuda - production designer * Ryo Uchiyama - production manager

Wikipedia article.

Asian zombie film

43. Tomie: Unlimited (2011)

R | 85 min | Horror

A photography student's life takes a turn for the worse when her dead sister is welcomed back into the family home.

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Moe Arai, Miu Nakamura, Aika Ohta, Kensuke Ohwada

Votes: 690

* Noboru Iguchi - director / writer * Jun Shiozaki - assistant director * Jun Tsugita - writer * Yasutaka Nagano - cinematographer * Yoshihiro Nishimura - special make-up effects supervisor / special effects supervisor * Taiga Ishino - special make-up effects artist * Tsuyoshi Kazuno - visual effects supervisor