Tokyo Gore Police

"Very Good"

Tokyo Gore Police Review


A man's bitten-off penis turns into a cannon that he uses to shoot cops. Seriously -- this happens in one scene of Tokyo Gore Police. And it just gets worse. Remember the horrible nightmare you had after eating that funky brownie that one night? It's kind of like that -- on screen.

Japanese gore doesn't get more over-the-top and perverse than this. In my review of The Machine Girl (which happens to be made by the same team as Police), I mentioned there was enough blood spraying in the movie to fill a swimming pool. In Police, there's enough blood to fill the Grand Canyon. There's one pretty messed up scene where police officers tie a woman's arms and legs to the bumpers of their SUVs, and they each hit the gas and yank her apart. Jesus Christ.

Oh yeah, so the plot. The movie's about a group of mutated humans called Engineers. The mutation allows them to create weapons out of their wounds -- hence the man with the penis cannon. There's also a female Engineer who, after getting her breasts sliced off, begins lactating acid, burning the flesh off her victims. OK, I'm sure you get the picture.

The Tokyo police have become a privatized force specializing in hunting down said Engineers. And, well, that's pretty much all you have to know about the plot. The movie clearly isn't concerned with story, and the characters aren't all that important; the film's goal is to ensure each bloody execution tops the one preceding it. And in that way, Police succeeds (if you're into the whole idea of setting your own goals and achieving them, I guess).

Police will indubitably get you wondering, "Just what is wrong with the Japanese?" I assure you the directors of such films are not insane; movies like Police always contain some artistic meaning (I think). If I remember correctly from my history classes in college -- when General Douglas MacArthur conquered Japan in 1945, he imposed many sets of rules to oppress and repress the Japanese. One law, for example, prohibited the display of genitalia in any form of media. How did the Japanese react? They found ways to circumvent the rules. Think anime porn (aka hentai). Going way, way over the top in Japanese gore films is another way directors respond to repression. Nowadays, despite how revolting such films can be to some American audiences, this genre is more a form of social commentary than rebellion.

With that said, Police is pretty darn intense when it comes to getting its message across. There's plenty of comedic relief (albeit extremely satiric) to get you through most of the film, but sometimes the bloodshed goes on for such long stretches you'll find yourself looking away to keep last night's supper in your stomach.

If you haven't seen a Japanese gore film before, Police is probably the only one you'll ever have to watch to satiate your curiosity. 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. Check it out, but this time don't order popcorn: You'll want to watch this movie on an empty belly.

Aka Tôkyô zankoku keisatsu.



Tokyo Gore Police

Facts and Figures

Run time: 110 mins

In Theaters: Friday 3rd October 2008

Distributed by: Media Blasters

Production compaines: Nikkatsu, Fever Dreams

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Fresh: 9 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 6.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura

Producer: Yoshihiro Nishimura

Starring: as Ruka, Itsuji Itao as Keyman, Yukihide Benny as Tokyo Police Chief, Jiji Bû as Barabara-Man, Ikuko Sawada as Independent Bar Owner, Cay Izumi as Dog Girl, Keisuke Horibe as Ruka's Father, as Tokyo Police Commissioner, as Koji Tanaka, Akane Akanezawa as (as Moko Kinoshita), Maki Mizui as (as Sayako Nakoshi), Karin as (as Rubber Queen Karin), Camille LaBry as Raku (voice)

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