Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Rating: C-
It had been a while since I'd watched any J-horror, but then again, I got bored with vengeful spirit-inhabited electronics and houses. So, the compromise: a movie that promised shock cinema in the form of a satirical gore-fest, Tokyo Gore Police. And it was just that. At the beginning of each fight sequence, I swear I heard someone yell, Mooortaaaaal Kooooombaaaaat! Then, the movie gave way to all out splatter-punk. Unfortunately, it isn't my thing. For me, there is a very fine line when it comes to gore. In the case of this film, it was too over-the-top, and while it was sometimes laughable by design, everything about the movie became too gratuitous and redundant à la Ichi the Killer (sorry Miike die-hards; I do like his other work though). What saved the film from being a complete flop? Eihi Shiina, who beautifully executed her role in Audition, and the hilarious social satire commercials.

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  1. I turned this off I think - I know I started watching it. I thought it looked cheap and overstylized, and I like high levels of gore. TGP just didn't do it for me.

  2. That's the word I was looking for. CHEAP. Exactly how I viewed the film's antics. CHEAP. And, like you, I like a lot of gore, but it has to be done right.

  3. I like this one for its ridiculous comic book absurdity, but it really is a trashy flick!