Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Tokyo Zombie - The Japanese Shaun of The Dead

If one genre just isn't enough, an offer is made by script-writers and producers alike.

"What if we take <this>, and add <this>?"

That's exactly what happened for the makers of Tokyo Zombie."What if we take Ju-Jitsu, and add Zombies?"

Tokyo Zombie

Directed by Sakichi Sa, Tokyo Zombie is a martial arts zombie comedy, based on Yusaku Hanakuma's manga of the same name.

Something to take seriously? Not in the slightest. If you're used to the over the top antics and slapstick humour of Asian cinema then this is for you. If not, probably not a movie high on your 'must see' list.

Blue-collar workers Fujio and Mitsuo share a dream, to become famous fighters. Tokyo has becomes occupied by zombies, the dead walk and the two men face a crisis of mankind. Despite the turn of events they have a plan. Real men go to Russia. After an unfortunate turn of events, the two are separated before they can fulfill their dream together. Through the trials of a dystopian future their dream will not die and one turn of fate leads them back together, to face their destinies in a way they could never have imagined.

Tadanobu Asano and Shô Aikawa - stars of Asian cinema.
Tokyo Zombie is Wacky with a capital W, and that W has been drawn over again and again with a big magic marker, then highlighted and coloured in with fluorescent paint, and then had a spotlight aimed at it. Zany... and then some. Not your typical zombie movie, not even a typical movie, but if you like Asian cinema comedy, not to be missed.

Sometimes known in Tokyo Zombie as: the bald one, and the one with the Afro.


  1. Great film this - I especially enjoyed the fact they drink calpis in the film.

    This is a popular drink in Japan and my better half put me on to it. Only they had to change the name of the drink slightly for Westerners, as it sounds like 'Cow piss' in English... a bit of a downer when you try to market it.

  2. 'Cow Piss' I dunno. It has a certain ring to it! ;)

  3. Wow! This sounds like it will be terrible, or terribly funny. Great post, i will follow!