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Wild Zero (1999)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Music | 28 August 1999 (Japan)
Only legendary Japanese garage rock band Guitar Wolf can stand between a race of aliens from destroying earth with an army of zombies.

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Tetsuro Takeuchi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guitar Wolf ... Himself
Drum Wolf Drum Wolf ... Himself
Bass Wolf Bass Wolf ... Himself
Masashi Endô Masashi Endô ... Ace
Kwancharu Shitichai Kwancharu Shitichai ... Tobio
Makoto Inamiya Makoto Inamiya ... Captain
Haruka Nakajo Haruka Nakajo ... Yamazaki
Shirô Namiki Shirô Namiki ... Kondo
Taneko Taneko ... Hanako
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Toshi
Masao Masao ... Masao
Tawaki Fusamori Tawaki Fusamori ... Mori
Akihiko Murata Akihiko Murata ... Toshio
Enami Esako Enami Esako ... Idle Girl
Kae Egawa Kae Egawa ... Hagoromo Tennyo / Junky Lady
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Aliens are invading the planet and turning humans into zombies. After saving his heros, Guitar Wolf, from their manager, and having the honour of becoming their blood brother, wannabe rocker Ace finds himself caught up in the carnage. He didn't think he'd need Guitar Wolf's help quite so soon. Written by The_Void

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Trash and chaossss!!!!


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 August 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Дикий ноль See more »

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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Guitar Wolf transfer many of their on-stage antics to their on-screen personas. Most notable are the constant hair combing and Seiji's exaggerated beer-drinking style. See more »

Quotes

Ace: Hey mister, do you know 'Rock 'n Roll'?
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References The Toxic Avenger (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Starry Sky Jet
Written and Performed by Guitar Wolf
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The Ultimate Rock-N-Roll Movie!
25 December 2004 | by shyquixoteSee all my reviews

I've noticed noticed a lot of negative commentary about this movie by people who obviously are totally lacking in rock-n-roll spirit, and their effete reviews should not stop people from going out and watching this movie for themselves.

This movie is for everyone and anyone who: has an interest in B-movies, has an interest in garage rock/punk/rockabilly/rock-n-roll, enjoys drinking and laughing.

Wild Zero is equal parts Rock-N-Roll High School, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and Night of the Living Dead. It boasts an amazing soundtrack (equal parts Japanese and American bands), a cast that is long on "cool" and short on Oscar potential (just like a B-movie should be), and an excellent mix of camp and schlock horror.

Featuring the band Guitar Wolf (a real band by the way, who lack a certain level of musicianship, but more than make up for it with rock-n-roll attitude) and Ace (Masashi Endo, who does have acting talent) the movie takes us on a ride through an Ed Wood/George Romero wasteland that features a hell bent for leather biker attitude. The plot is no thinner than any other B-movie, and actually carries a rather broad minded message about acceptance and values.

If Wild Zero has one flaw, it is the editing (and not the acting as some people have commented. I speak Japanese and live in Japan. The acting is no worse than that presented on typical Japanese television dramas, and indeed Masashi Endo and Makoto Inamiya have certain comedic and manic talents that will perhaps be expanded upon in the future. The movie also features Morishita Yoshiyuki, who looks like the Steve Buscemi of Japan.) The editing is a bit slack at best, and the movie contains about 10 minutes of "dead" footage.

Apart from that, Wild Zero is exactly what you need for an fantastic evening with friends, beer, and perhaps pizza or take-out sushi. The Wild Zero drinking game (do a search) comes highly recommended.

Don't expect to see Citizen Kane, and don't expect to see the Citizen Kane of B-movies, but do expect to see a B-movie that deserves an enshrined spot in the pantheon of cinema for it's unique combination of flavours horror, camp, rock-n-roll, japan, and boundless love.

If you've watched it and didn't get it, watch it again, but this time turn the volume UP! and drink more beer!

This movie is not suitable for fans of Kenny G, Right Wing Republicans, and people who avidly follow the advice of Martha Stewart.

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