Meatball Machine ミートボールマシン (2006)

Meatball Machine   Meatball Machine DVD Cover

Japanese: ミートボールマシン

Romaji: Mi-tobo-ru Mashin

Release Date: September 23rd, 2006

Running Time: 89 mins.

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi, Junichi Yamamoto

Writer: Junya Kato (Screenplay),

Starring: Issei Takahashi, Aoba Kawai, Taro Suwa, Kenichi Kawasaki, Ayano Yamamoto,

This is an earlier entry in the career of splatter specialist Yudai Yamaguchi. Although he has worked in other genres he is most famous for his outrageous and over-the-top blood soaked action films. This entry plays out like a colourised version of Tetsuo: The Iron Man with a twisted love story at its heart.

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Deadball デッドボール (2011)

Deadball       

Deadball Film Poster 2
Deadball Film Poster 2

Japanese: デッドボール

Romaji: Dedoboru

Release Date: July 23rd, 2011

Running Time: 73 mins.

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi

Writer: Yudai Yamaguchi, Keita Tokaji (Screenplay),

Starring: Tak Sakaguchi, Mari Hoshino, Miho Ninagawa, Miho Narita, Mickie Curtis, Ryosei Tayama,

Baseball is, for some odd reason, one of the most popular sports in Japan. It would take zombies and bloodshed to truly make it interesting for me. Enter the rather short-lived film label, Sushi Typhoon, a gang responsible for the movies a series of splatter films like Cold Fish (2011), Mutant Girls Squad (2010), Hell Driver (2011), and Yakuza Weapon (2011). They bring their over-the-top action and special effects to a boring sport and liven it up with mass killings, androids and more craziness for an audience than is healthy.

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Big Tits Zombie 巨乳ドラゴン 温泉ゾンビVSストリッパー5 (2010)

Big Tits Zombie   Big Tits Zombie Film Poster

Japanese: 巨乳ドラゴン 温泉ゾンビVSストリッパー5

Romaji: Kyonyū doragon: Onsen zonbi vs sutorippaa 5

Release Date: May 15th, 2010

Running Time: 73 mins.

Director: Takao Nakano

Writer: Takao Nakano (Screenplay), Rei Mikamoto (Original Manga),

Starring: Sora Aoi, Risa Kasumi, Mari Sakurai, Tamayo, Saori Ando, io Aikawa, Daisuke Iijima, Tamayo,

With a title like Bit Tits Zombie you can banish any thoughts about this film having serious artistic pretensions. Despite the fact there are plenty of zombies and the lead actresses bare plenty of flesh it fails to become a consistently entertaining ride.

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I am a Hero アイアムアヒーロー Manga

I am a Hero アイアムアヒーロー Kengo Hanazawa

Author: Kengo Hanazawa

Launched in 2009, 16 volumes and currently ongoing.

I am jaded when it comes to zombies.

Zombies are everywhere in the West. They dash along cinema screens in horror movies like World War Z and they shamble across small screens in video games like Resident Evil and television series The Walking Dead, anime like Highschool of the Dead, and even reality TV shows like the BBC’s I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse.

I watch them but I am beginning to get weary of it all.

Gone are my teenage years when I first experienced the existential and visceral terror of the horror and bleak social commentary that Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead carried. Today it’s all a shooting gallery or dramas about snarky teenage zomboys and zomgirls and romance for the iPad generation.

It has been a long time since I was thrilled by zombie apocalypse
scenario. There is one exception. I have been reading Kengo Hanazawa’s manga I am a Hero since 2013 and each volume has proven to be a thrilling and scary read.

I Am a Hero Cover
I Am a Hero Cover

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