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Goddamn if the Japanese don't know how to properly sell a film on title alone. Tokyo Gore Police. Who in their right mind says "No thanks, I'll pass"? I'll tell you who: idiots. This past summer I had the privilege of reviewing The Machine Girl, a film that more than lived up to its expectations. It ended up being exactly what everyone wanted, and I can't commend a film enough for pulling that off. I first saw the trailers for TGP around this same time, and needless to say, I've been sick with anticipation. Well the time has finally come for me to kick back and enjoy another one of Japan's soon-to-be cult classics.
Review by Tristan
Added: December 30, 2008
In the near future Japan, the Tokyo police force has been privatized and turned into a group of brutal and unforgiving soldiers. Even more vicious however, are the "engineers" - the biggest threat to the city. Infected by some unique virus, the engineers are able to regenerate and mutate into terrifying - yet strangely beautiful - creatures with the ability to turn their bodies into weapons. These mutants are so dangers, a special branch of the Tokyo Police Corporation known as the Engineer Hunters has been trained to hunt down and kill these abominations.
Heading up this team is Ruka (Eihi Shiina - of Audition fame), a gorgeous but deadly soldier who has a thing for self mutilation and dismembering her enemies with her giant samurai sword. Unfortunately for her, she's hunted by the "Key Man" - the leader of the engineers. It would seem as though he's somehow linked to the assassination of Ruka's father, and is desperately trying to wipe out his last living relative. Toss in some crocodile vaginas and a bad ass background score, and you've got yourself a decent little film, my friend.
I pretty much knew going into this that I would love it. Sometimes you can just tell from the trailer, and Tokyo Gore Police is one of those films. The movie wasted no time getting into the action, and with that awesome score pulsing through the background, I couldn't have been more pumped up. This really had the feel of a great action movie, with some grotesque mutations and an ocean of gore thrown in for good measure. And let me tell you folks, it really was an ocean. In more scenes than one the floor was an inch or two deep with innards. Most of the time it looked absolutely ridiculous, but it added to the fun and charm of the movie. The coolest aspect of this movie was by far the ingenious mutations. Chainsaw arms, monster vaginas, a penis rifle, bone guns growing out of a man's skull, these are just a few of the many fantastic looking special effects we're treated to.
First-time director Yoshihiro Nishimura, who was the special effects genius behind such classics as Meatball Machine and The Machine Girl, did a fantastic job. From what I understand most of TMG's crew reunited for this one, and it shows in the good camera work and the interesting story. I really didn't expect much more than 90 minutes of pure carnage and some great makeup effects, but what I was treated to was almost 2 hours of a very clever and gruesome story. Mixed in amongst the mayhem were many recruitment videos and futuristic ads (a little nod to Robocop) which were good for a laugh, but also a nice little satirical stab at consumerism.
Anyone interested in a film called Tokyo Gore Police is obviously looking for a splatter fest, and they're going to receive just that. It's a fantastic treat for all of us who can't get enough of the red stuff. This is one of the rare occasions where I really can't find anything wrong with the movie. The story was a lot of fun, all the blood and gore was great, even the fight sequences - something I'm usually not too big on - were well shot and nice and brutal. Like so many Japanese extreme action films of this past, this one is destined to be a cult classic. The year hasn't even started yet, but I do believe this has a very good shot at taking the #1 position for best movie of the year. Let's just hope they don't fuck up the coming sequel or let the US get their hands on remake rights.
grain of sand
- added 01/02/2009, 06:12 PM
I'm getting this right now.. Can't wait.
grain of sand
- added 01/05/2009, 02:47 AM
Such a good one.. The croc-gina looked so good,
pretty much everything looked great with some
small gripes here and there.. Nothing took away
from the experience..So awesome that it also came
with a good story.. Great editing skills here
10/10, I plan on showing all my
- added 01/19/2009, 10:34 PM
A terribly good time... although I wasn't as in
love with the plot and pacing of this film as some
folks on this site...
The look of the
film is vivid and saturated... it truly feels like
a horror manga come to life, complete with
over-the-top characters and not-so-subtle social
commentary thrown in for good measure. You've
really got to admire a director that is Ok with
featuring full-on reptilian vagina-dentata imagery
along with a functional penile-cannon... and then
has the audacity to espouse a moral lesson within
Final confrontation was
quite disappointing given the great lead-up... but
to be completely honest...
"gimp" character (and if you've seen the
film, you KNOW whom I'm referring to) ALONE is
worth the price of admission!!!
awful fun... and my new guilty pleasure.
This film is just a few script
adjustments and editing tweaks short of a
Still, I give this little gem of a
film a 8.5/10... and probably not higher only
because I saw "The Machine Girl"
first,.. which I feel is a slightly tighter film
- added 02/06/2009, 09:18 PM
Agreed with ol' Greg up above me. Great film,
really fun ride, but not quite perfect. The
"gimp" was indeed awesome, major points
for that. 9/10 sounds about right for me.
- added 04/11/2009, 01:54 PM
That "hand" cannon scene alone makes
this movie a 9/10. The only problem for me is that
I thought it was a bit too long, it just kept
- added 06/25/2012, 03:25 PM
And to think, that hand cannon, along with the
blood-jet legs, dropped the enjoyment level quite
a bit for me. I enjoyed it, but like most Japanese
flicks, I had a problem with pacing and a lot of
unneeded scenes that could have been cut. And
another shout out for that gimp, no question the
best scene in the whole movie. 7.5/10