films seen
14
average score
2.85*
nationality
Japan - 52 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Iguchi is in fact capable of directing more serious films, but his bet on over-the-top horror, comedy and cult made him an instant cult favorite. He's the archetypical manchild, but he leans into that so hard it's difficult not to like him.

Rare treats

Mutant Girls Squad

by Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tak Sakaguchi
Also known as
Sento Shojo: Chi no Tekkamen Densetsu
Specifics
2010 / 89m - Japan
Genre
Horror
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Mutant Girls Squad poster

If you still haven't seen enough body mutations, strange nose guns and creative ways to slice people in half (or more parts), this is a film that simply cannot be missed.

The good stuff

The Machine Girl

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Kataude Mashin Garu
Specifics
2008 / 96m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
The Machine Girl poster

If you like Japanese weirdness, gore and crazy black comedy coolness you'll like The Machine Girl.

Solid pieces

The Flowers of Evil

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Aku no Hana
Specifics
2019 / 127m - Japan
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Flowers of Evil poster

Surprisingly mature and serious film from Iguchi, best known for his crazy horror shlock. This manga/anime adaptation is a pretty typical Japanese coming of age drama, though it fosters a darker side that brings an interesting edge to the film. Well acted, solid visuals and intriguing characters make for a fine film.

The ABCs of Death

by Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Bruno Forzani, Adrián García Bogliano, Xavier Gens, Jorge Michel Grau, Lee Hardcastle, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Simon Rumley, Marcel Sarmiento, Jon Schnepp, Srdjan Spasojevic, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Nacho Vigalondo, Jake West, Ti West, Ben Wheatley, Adam Wingard, Yudai Yamaguchi
Specifics
2012 / 129m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The ABCs of Death poster

Tomie: Unlimited

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Tomie: Anrimiteddo
Specifics
2011 / 85m - Japan
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Tomie: Unlimited poster

Zombie Ass

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Zonbi Asu
Specifics
2011 / 85m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Zombie Ass poster

Noboru Iguchi (Mutant Girls Squad) unleashed a very special kind of cinema onto the world when he made The Machine Girl. He has been struggling to repeat that success and has since been bested by his Sushi Typhoon buddies. With his latest film Iguchi seems to have finally settled into an even smaller niche though. Zombie Ass must be one of the most outrageously embarrassing films currently out there, and for that reason alone it should be worth a small gamble.

Even though Zombie Ass isn't part of the official Sushi Typhoon catalogue, it's very much in line with other Sushi Typhoon releases. Bad CG, horrible actors and a pretty amateurish finish are all part of the deal, but in return you get some of the weirdest, sickest and funniest moments ever caught on film. If there ever was a "so bad it is good" flick, this one is definitely it.

Iguchi expands on the short he entered in the ABCs of Death anthology (F is for Fart). Never before has a director explored the CG fart in such devastating depths and with such great conviction. Ironically the longer running time actually plays in Iguchi's favor here, as the ever-increasing sense of embarrassment really adds to the fun. Not that the entire film is about farts, there are also a bunch on toilet zombies and a group of anal tentacles to balance out the narrative. Great art this is not, but if you're looking for 90 minutes of mind-blowing weirdness, Zombie Ass is a must see.

RoboGeisha

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Robo-geisha
Specifics
2009 / 102m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
RoboGeisha poster

The inoffensive

Dead Sushi

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Deddo Sushi
Specifics
2012 / 92m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Action, Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Dead Sushi poster

Worthy but flawed

Ghost Squad

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Gôsuto Sukuwaddo
Specifics
2018 / 106m - Japan
Genre
Action, Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Ghost Squad poster

With the Sushi Typhoon craze behind us, directors like Iguchi are left struggling to make something worthwhile. Ghost Squad has its moments, especially during the second half of the film, but the cheap look, bad acting and dull bits in between make it needlessly difficult to appreciate what is supposed to be fun and light-hearted entertainment.

Denjin Zaborger: The Movie

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Denjin Zabôgâ
Specifics
2011 / 114m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Denjin Zaborger: The Movie poster

Dubious filler

Lock-On Love

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Kakugo wa Ii Ka Soko no Joshi
Specifics
2018 / 95m - Japan
Genre
Romance
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Lock-On Love poster

What happened to Iguchi? At one time he was one of the prime representatives of gory splatter horror and crude, off-kilter comedy. With Lock-On Love he delivers a mushy and predictable high school romance. I get that the Sushi Typhoon hype is well behind us, but that's quite a stretch.

Furuya is an adoration boy. The kind of boy all the girls love to swoon over, but won't actually date. Furuya is tired of being alone, and he picks Misono as his romantic interest. She's known to be somewhat of an ice queen though, so Furuya will have to do his utmost best to win her over with his charms.

Lock-On Love is a cookie cutter romance that doesn't even try to venture outside its comfort zone. Performances are basic, the cinematography feels kinda cheap and the soundtrack is extremely poppy, but at least the pacing is decent and there's some chemistry between the leads. If you come for signature Iguchi though, it's best to avoid this one altogether.

Live

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Raivu
Specifics
2014 / 105m - Japan
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Live poster

Big nopes

Sukeban Boy

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Oira Sukeban
Specifics
2006 / 62m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Action, Horror
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Sukeban Boy poster

Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: The Harlequin Girl

by Noboru Iguchi
Also known as
Umezu Kazuo: Kyôfu Gekijô - Madara no Shôjo
Specifics
2005 / 53m - Japan
Genre
Horror
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: The Harlequin Girl poster