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Tokyo Gore Police
Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Written by Kengo Kaji
Sayako Nakoshi
Yoshihiro Nishimura
Starring Eihi Shiina
Itsuji Itao
Camille LaBry
Shōko Nakahara
Sayako Nakoshi
Cinematography Shu G. Momose
Distributed by Nikkatsu
Release date(s) Japan:
2008
United States:
June 21, 2008
Canada:
July 12, 2008
Running time 109 min.
Country United States
Japan
Language Japanese

Tokyo Gore Police (東京残酷警察 Tōkyō Zankoku Keisatsu ?) is a 2008 Japanese gore film. The film was directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura and stars Eihi Shiina as Ruka, a vengeful police officer.

Tokyo Gore Police was released to several film festivals in North America. It received generally positive reviews, noting that Tokyo Gore Police lives up to the film's title, by being gory, perverse and bizarre.

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Plot

The film is set in a near future chaotic Japan. A mad scientist known as "Key Man" has created a virus that mutates humans into monstrous creatures called "Engineers" that sprout bizarre weapons from any injury. The Tokyo Police Force has been privatized to deal with this new threat of engineers, so a special squad of officers called "Engineer Hunters" are created to deal with them. However, unlike the average police force, the Engineer Hunters are a private quasi-military force that utilizes violence, sadism, and streetside executions to maintain law and order.

Helping the police force is Ruka, an anti-social, self-harming loner, who is very skilled in dispatching the engineers. Along with helping the police, she is looking for the killer of her father, an old-fashioned officer who was murdered in broad daylight by a mysterious assassin. Ruka soon receives a new case to hunt down Key Man. When she meets Key Man, Ruka finds that they both are seeking vengeance against the corrupt officers who killed both of their fathers many years ago. However, in a highly ironic fashion, it was Key Man's father who actually murdered Ruka's father. Soon afterwards, Ruka's life takes on bizarre, tragic twists and turns.

Production

While working on special effects for Noboru Iguchi's The Machine Girl, Yoshihiro Nishimura was asked by Media Blasters if he wanted to do another film. Nishimura decided to make Tokyo Gore Police, a remake of an independent film that he made many years before called Anatomia Extinction which received the Special Jury Award in the Off Theatre competition at the 1995 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.[1][2] Shot and completed in just two weeks, Tokyo Gore Police would be Nishumura's first commercial film.[2][3]

The fight choreographer for the film was Taku Sakaguchi who Nishimura has worked with previously on the film Meatball Machine. The television commercial scenes in the film were filmed by Noboru Iguchi and Yūdai Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi suggested this to bring a different flavor to the film to balance out the rest of the film's more dark tone.[1]

Cast

  • Eihi Shiina as Ruka
  • Itsuji Itao as Keyman
  • Yukihide Benny as Tokyo Police Chief
  • Ikuko Sawada as Independent Bar Owner
  • Jiji Bū as Barabara-Man
  • Tak Sakaguchi
  • Keisuke Horibe as Ruka's Father
  • Shun Sugata as Tokyo Police Commissioner
  • Cherry Kirishima
  • Mame Yamada
  • Marry Machida
  • Maiko Asano
  • Ayano Yamamoto
  • Kai Izumi
  • Tsugumi Nagasawa
  • Moko Kinoshita
  • Camille LaBry
  • Shōko Nakahara
  • Sayako Nakoshi

Release

Tokyo Gore Police premiered in several film festivals before being released in Japan. The film had its North American premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival on June 21, 2008.[4] The film premiered in Canada at the Fantasia Festival on July 12, 2008.[5] The film has its Asian premiere at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in July 2008.[6]

A Region 1 DVD of the film was released on January 13, 2009.[7] A straight to video prequel has been announced for release in Japan.[8]

Critical reception

Tokyo Gore Police was received well by American critics on its original release. The film ranking website Rotten Tomatoes reported an average rating of 7.2 out of 10, based upon a sample of nine reviews.[9] Brian Chen reviewed Police with a score of 3.5/5. He comments, "It's not a horrible film; it's not a great film; it's just everything it tries to be -- perverse, grotesque, bizarre -- and a little more.".[10] V.A. Musetto of the New York Post gave the film three stars out of four calling the film "bloody good".[11] Michael Esposito of the Chicago Tribune gave the film three stars noting the film as "sick, twisted and gory, but surprisingly funny in an adolescent boy fantasy way—Beavis and Butt-Head would love it."[12]

Russel Edwards of Variety claimed "Like Tokyo Shock's recent "Machine Girl," for which helmer provided gore effects, pic will fleetingly exist in midnight sidebars at fests and much longer on fanboy ancillary." as well as that Tokyo Gore Police had "occasionally witty moments, but the relentless catalog of mutilations lacks the emotional power of similar fare in pics by, say, fellow Japanese gorehound Shinya Tsukomoto[sic]".[13]

References

  1. ^ a b "An Interview with Tokyo Gore Police Director Yoshihiro Nishimura". Perkins, Rodney. Twitch. October 27, 2008. http://twitchfilm.net/interviews/2008/10/yoshi-nishimura-interview.php. Retrieved 2009-01-19.  
  2. ^ a b "Yoshihiro Nishimura Talks Tokyo Gore Police!". Brown, Todd. Twitch. June 25, 2008. http://twitch.dev2.apperceptive.com/interviews/2008/06/yoshihiro-nishimura-talks-tokyo-gore-police.php. Retrieved 2009-01-19.  
  3. ^ "NYAFF 2008: Tokyo Gore Police". Subwaycinema.com. http://subwaycinema.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=88&Itemid=80. Retrieved 2009-03-15.  
  4. ^ "NYAFF 2008 - Tokyo Gore Police". Subway Cinema. http://www.subwaycinema.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=88. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  5. ^ "Ubisoft Presents Fantasia 2008, Films, Tokyo Gore Police". Fantasia Festival. http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2008/en/films/film_detail.php?id=60. Retrieved 2009-01-18.  
  6. ^ "12th, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival". Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. http://www.pifan.com/eng/02_film/program_view.asp?pk_seq=112&sc_category_seq=8&sc_num=3&actEvent=view&. Retrieved 2009-01-18.  
  7. ^ "Tokyo Gore Police > Overview > Street Date". Allmovie. http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=4:454239. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  8. ^ "Picture, Thousand Words, Etc. First Shot From The TOKYO GORE POLICE Prequel Short". twitchfilm.net. http://twitchfilm.net/site/view/picture-thousand-words-etc.-first-shot-from-the-tokyo-gore-police-prequel-s/. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  9. ^ "Tokyo Gore Police - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tokyo_gore_police/. Retrieved 2009-11-30.  
  10. ^ "Tokyo Gore Police Movie Review, DVD Release". Filmcritic.com. 2009-01-13. http://www.filmcritic.com/misc/emporium.nsf/reviews/Tokyo-Gore-Police. Retrieved 2009-03-15.  
  11. ^ "Blood, Revenge and a Tiny Skirt". Musettoe, V.A.. New York Times. October 3, 2008. http://www.nypost.com/seven/10032008/entertainment/movies/blood__revenge_and_a_tiny_skirt_131873.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  12. ^ "‘Tokyo Gore Police’: An example of truth in titling". Esposito, Michael. Chicago Tribune. October 31, 2008. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2008/oct/31/entertainment/chi-tokyo-gore-police-review-103oct31. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  13. ^ "Tokyo Gore Police". Edwards, Russell. Variety. August 13, 2008. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117937967.html?categoryid=31&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  

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