Tokyo Gore Police was a movie I purchased for three reasons. The first was the name. The second was the cover. Eihi Shina (Audition) has never looked hotter. The third was that is was by the same team who did The Machine Girl which is currently my favorite live action Japanese film, and boy is it fucked up. All three of these factored into a must buy for me.
So how was it? To be honest, it was nowhere as good as The Machine Girl, but it was quite funny at times, featured some grisly deaths and awesome special effects and was a lovely little satires save for the fact the story was just “Let’s kill things because we all have daddy issues.”
Here’s the basic plot, and boy is it basic. The police force of Tokyo have gone private and they are currently in a feud with bio-humanoids called Engineers. Ruka is the top engineer hunter and she is out for revenge against all criminals when her father, a top police officer, was murdered right in front of her as a small girl. The current chief of police took her in and raised her to be a bad ass.
Engineers are the product of a crazy guy who turns out to be a genetic scientist and the son of the man who killed Ruka’s father. He gathered DNA from all the craziest sociopaths in the history of the world ranging from Charles Manson to Ed Gein. Then he injected himself with all their DNA and he mutated into a super killing machine where any part of his body that is destroyed or cut off is replaced by organic weaponry. He can pass this disease on by taking a key shaped tumour from his body, unlocking his vicitm’s flesh and then inserting the tumour. Then the victim becomes a creepy psychopathic monster. These mutations can range from having chainsaw arms to boobies with mouths on them. My favorite was probably the girl who loses her legs and her vagina mutates into a crocodiles head so she crab walks around and bites at people. Hilarious.
The commercials in Tokyo Gore Police are very funny and feature some great satire of Japanese culture as well as Television itself. However the movie is nowhere as funny or well written as The Machine Girl, so it is a bit of a letdown, but this is still definitely a movie that you want to watch with a bunch of buds late at night for maximum comedy value.
Eihi gets some great costumes and looks amazing. I definitely prefer this to Audition both in terms of acting and the pacing of the film. It’s not scary or creepy, just excessively violent. Think of this as a Japanese modernization of The Three Stooges Nyuk nyuk nyuk.
Is it Worth Keeping? Yes.