Tamami: The Baby’s Curse 赤んぼ少女 (2008)

Tamami: The Baby’s Curse    Tamami The Baby's Curse Film Poster

Japanese: 赤んぼ少女

Romaji: Akanbo Shojo

Release Date: August 02nd, 2008

Running Time: 100 mins.

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi,

Writer: Kazuo Umezu, Hirotoshi Kobayashi (Screenplay),

Starring: Naoko Mizusawa, Goro Noguchi, Takumi Saito, Asami, Atsuko Asano, Etsuko Ikuta, Itsuji Itao, Keisuke Horibe,

Director Yudai Yamaguchi followed up Meatball Machine (2008) withtamami-the-babys-curse-manga-image-2.jpg this schlocky horror film based on a manga by horror maestro Kazuo Umezu and it is a fun horror film full of death, destruction and a creepy baby-like creature brought to life by some “imaginative” CG/acting/physical effects. With a loony story, a classic haunted house setting, an OTT villain, and some ropey effects, every minute is perpetual fun to watch.

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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 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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