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Tokyo Gore Police
Tokyo Is Burning
Set in a future-world vision of Tokyo where the police have been privatized and bitter self-mutilation is so casual that advertising is often specially geared to the "cutter" demographic, this is the story of samurai-sword-wielding Ruka and her mission to avenge her father's assassination. Ruka is a cop from a squad who's mission is to destroy homicidal mutant humans known as "engineers" possessing the ability to transform any injury to a weapon.
I just experienced my third viewing of Yoshihiro Nishimura's splatter masterpiece Tokyo Gore Police and it remains one hell of a fun ride. Actually, the most entertaining part was watching the expressions of shock and dismay on the faces of my (former?) friends as they gradually lost their appetites. One of them tapped out during the penis biting scene, but what can I say? This movie definitely isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. In fairness, it is an utterly ridiculous film, but Nishimura's imaginative (and mostly practical) special effects gags coupled with the over-the-top insanity of the whole ordeal puts Tokyo Gore Police in a league of its own.
Just...what in the fuck...
Whatever the fuck...
It was fun.
That's all I can say to describe such a bizarre, yet oddly original film.
It's certainly a feast on the eyes. You may be confused about what you see, but it's an interesting sight.
A fun and just plain batshit insane sight.
Tokyo Gore Police is good fun.
I actually really loved it. It's not a grand piece of cinema, but it's so damn entertaining that it's impossible for me not to admire.
The opening scene is one of the most in-your-face, right-to-the-point scenes ever. The music choice was great as were all of the others. I found that the badass Japanese hardcore soundtrack fit in perfect tandem with our glorious protagonist Ruka and her crime-fighting ways.
The informercials were clearly the best part. They were short but made fantastic use of the small amount of time. Dark comedy at its summit! I feel (kind of) horrible for liking them, but my favorites were the "cute cutters", and remote control exterminate with…
You like being chewed on, right?
As far as over the top, completely bonkers, so violent it’s surreal, entertaining as hell Japanese splatter goes, this is utter perfection.
This is Yoshihiro Nishimura’s magnum opus. 110 minutes of endless, limitless and disgusting splatter creativity resulting in neat practical effects, dodgy editing, decent to sub-par acting, propaganda advertising spots somewhere between 1984 and Starship Troopers and everything relentlessly moving forward thanks to a masterful, energetic score from Sushi Typhoon regular Kou Nakagawa.
If you don’t love this there’s only one possible reason. Your brain can’t process insanity fast enough.
This movie fucking Rocks! Super gory and ridiculous. You won't regret watching this, I guarantee it
I can't decide if i'd rather have bloody jet pack legs or swords/machine guns for limbs. Hmmmm...
Tokyo Gore Police is one of those rare movies where I feel like I have a lot of negative things to say, despite really enjoying it. It tries too hard to be cloyingly funny, there's some ridiculously cheap CGI, and some too-bad-to-be-bad-good gore effects.
But despite all that, there is an "aw shucks" charm to TGP as it blasts you in the face with messages against privatization of police forces, dick cannons, and an antagonist who intentionally rips the top of his head off. Like, WHOOP! clean off.
Tokyo Gore Police is a buckets-of-blood experience. It doesn't always make sense, but the delight it takes in its task of providing creative violence is definitely endearing. And they probably needed to…
All gore, no story.
Ruka, a young cop whose father was killed during a celebration honoring the idea of privatizing the police force is part of the police squad that specializes in the finding and killing of “Engineers”. Engineers are people mutated with a tumor that resembles a key that allows its hosts the ability to grow weaponized body parts. Think of a body part that could be mutated into either a gun or a monster of some kind, and I do mean ANY body part, and you still have no idea what to expect from this movie.
Ruka's first fight with a man with a chainsaw arm that swings on a chain is a set piece battle that tells you that if you…
A gore delight!
Tokyo Gore Police is a blast. An over the top, bat shit insane, blood fest.
Not for the faint of heart, to say the least.
I like bat-shit crazy, weird, gory, grindhouse-style films, but those things cannot be substitutes for good filmmaking. The filmmaking in this isn't even competent, let alone good. The cinematography lacks creativity to the point that half of the shots are Dutch angles, the score is jarring, the heavy-handed metaphors regarding privatisation being bad are tedious, if the pointless slow-motion was cut then the film would be 20 minutes shorter (and better for it), and the editing is downright abhorrent. Also, who knew the Japanese, so rightfully celebrated for their brilliant action and martial arts cinema, could make a film that has such boring fight sequences?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I discovered the splatter films of Yoshihiro Nishimura when I was around 18 and they were films that really captured my imagination. Film has always been special to me as a medium in so many ways, but one of the biggest ways for me is the craftsmanship. One of the main reasons I'm such a slasher fan, is it's like a magicians show as you watch in wonder and ask, "how the bloody hell did they do that?!". Trying to work out where the cuts happen, work out where the person ends and effects begin, CG may be far more convincing overall but it just isn't the same. Tokyo Gore Police is the very embodiment of all of this.
Similar to the much better Machine Girl but with out the fun frenzied comedy. This is mostly played straight with bits of humor along the lines of Robocop or Starship Troopers. The story is kind of interesting but takes last place to the gore, and shaky cam action set pieces. Even with all the crazy shit happening I found myself getting bored about half way through. This sub genre of films much like the found footage films get old quickly but continue to be made.
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