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Monday, 26 May 2014
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AKA: 東京残酷警察 Tōkyō Zankoku Keisatsu, Tokyo Cruel Police

Directed by:
Yoshihiro Nishimura
Written by:
Yoshihiro Nishimura, Kengo Kaji, Maki Mizui
Produced by:
Yoshinori Chiba, Yoko Hayama, Satoshi Nakamura
Cinematography by:
Shu G Momose
Editing by:
Yoshihiro Nishimura
Music by:
Kou Nakagawa
Special effects by:
Tsuyoshi Kazuno, Taiga Ishino, Maki Mizui, Sayaka Morikawa, and many more
Cast:
Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Keisuke Horibe, Shun Sugata, Cay Izumi, Ikuko Sawada
Year:
2008
Country:
Japan
Language:
Japanese (English dubbed)
Color:
Color
Runtime:
1h 49min

Distributor: Tokyo Shock
 

You gotta love Japanese movies, there's no limits, no wall to hit, just how far will it go as a machine? There is no limit as I said. Tokyo Gore Police is one such creation. The main character, Ruka (played by Eihi Shiina of Audition) who is haunted by memories of her father's death, tracks 'Engineers' who are Tetsuo-style modified criminals. If you slice off part of their body, they literally grow a weapon in place.

Rukas's team are introduced, blasting the hell out of a chainsaw dancing thug. His arm breaks away and out pops a fleshy chainsaw instead (“Long live the new flesh”) and he gleefully begins to hack into them. Now he's revealed as an Engineer and along comes Ruka, sword in hand, looking serious. In slow motion movements and about three hundred gallons of blasting, jetting blood later, Ruka claims his chainsaw and rips him to pieces. “Everything she does she poses,” said my Horror Soulmate.

The movie is inter-cut with Robocop-style commercials, e.g. remote controlled executions and schoolgirl wrist cutters. It seems that each Engineer has an Aylmer (Brain Damage) looking key shaped tumour in their bodies. As Ruka narrates, to kill an Engineer you must sever that tumour.

She's a scarred self-harmer plagued by her father. Since his death she's been raised by the chief of police who has a force of misfits and also a pet amputee dressed in gimp gear. Even Marilyn Manson's music vids never thought of that one.

Meanwhile the Madam of a local Brothel (cue traditional schoolgirl short-skirted hooker) is drained of blood by a mysterious leather-gloved killer who is seen carrying a key tumour in a jar. Her corpse is found in a box sliced into neat pieces. Ruka and the team arrive. Engineers are known to be demented berserkers, but this one seems to be unusually controlled and is almost laughing at them.

On a subway train, Ruka has her ass groped. She drags the man off and casually removes his hands. “An act of molestation is serious.” she says, with loads of high pressure spraying gore. Back on the train, after a nightmare vision of her father's head literally exploding, she comes face to face with a smiling longhaired glove wearing man. He leads her to a box of body parts. The scene moves dreamlike and she realises the eyes of the man matches the balaclava surrounded eyes of the man who shot her father (witnessed as a little girl). With zoom in shots of her legs (???!!!) Ruka tracks the stranger and corners him in an alley. In the standard fight she chops into his head. Cool as a cucumber he rips at the rest of his skull to reveal a pulsing brain (ala the first kill in Peter Jackson's Bad Taste) that is suddenly sprouting gun barrels, as hose blasts of blood hit Ruka. This awesome weapon of choice fires fleshy sharp edged lumps. “You missed, girl!” Pinned to the wall, Ruka's arm is opened up and a key tumour is inserted. Guess the grinning bad guy was seriously inspired by James Wood's video tape stomach in Videodrome.

Ruka is found unconscious and the top half of the Engineer's head is also discovered. As her team swears to eliminate all Engineers, Ruka looks quite sick and worried. Through matching files, the top of his head is matched to Akimo Miyama, who died at age twenty-four, cause of death, suicide. The police chief also matches the eyes of Akimo with the eyes of Ruka's dad's assassin, and he goes sword kill beast mode.

It all centres on an extremely over-the-top fetish club where modified and altered girls dance and perform. There's a half snail, and one lady is simply a chest and urinating vagina kept alive by feed tubes. The lead Engineer performs his surgery within the club. Ruka finally tracks him down. He invites her to sit and he tells her everything from the very beginning and how it changes her whole life. As the city’s police force go to war against the Engineers and the citizens, Ruka goes another way with unsettled business.

“God, smile bitch!” growled my Horror Soulmate. I get the feeling she doesn't like the actress Eihi Shiina. I had to chuckle as my Horror Soulmate also noticed cotton in the brain sprouting guns. Regardless of that and some rubber comical effect moments, the team behind the gore and monsters go beyond mere human imagination. The story is basic, some of the acting is so-so but there's so much more. Half heads, blood showers, phallus guns, penis bites, hell there's an Engineer woman who grows alligator teeth from where her legs once existed to chase a poor victim down. The gimp masked amputated stump creature comes alive in a battle with Ruka using knives instead of arms and legs. Yoshihiro Nishimura who directed Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl doesn't miss a thing, nor does writers Kengo Kaji (remember Uzumaki: The Spiral?), Maki Mizui and Yoshihiro himself. Let's face it, their brains must writhe with obscene and amazing visions.

Aside from a couple of CGI bullet shots (and flesh bullets) the effects are organic, totally man made and jaw dropping. Believe me there was a massive team behind them all.  A lot of flicks claim to be comics or manga on film, but I personally believe that
Tokyo Gore Police has set out to take a few steps further than graphic novel images. Oh, there's a lot worse out there and a lot more wilder sights to be seen in other movies, but Tokyo Gore Police is recommended if you fancy an LSD bad trip without the expense of actual drugs.

My review is taken from the Tokyo Shock DVD which offers only a trailer as an extra but at least has the option for English dubbing if required.

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 DVD SPECS:
 Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
 Region: NTSC R1
 Audio: Dolby Digital English, Japanese
2.0, Dolby Digital English, Japanese 5.1


 SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
 - Trailers

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