films seen
10
average score
3.60*
nationality
Japan - 54 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of the most insane horror directors working in Japan, putting his special effects skills to good use when putting some of the most inventive horror creatures ever on screen. One for the gore/splatter fans with a sense of humor.

Rare treats

Tokyo Gore Police

by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Also known as
Tokyo Zankoku Keisatsu
Specifics
2008 / 110m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Tokyo Gore Police poster

Tokyo Gore Police is gory, fun, funny, weird and insane, but at the same time the realm in which it exists start to grow on you.

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 bodily mutations, strange nose guns or creative ways to slice people in half (or more parts), this is a film that cannot be missed.

Helldriver

by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Also known as
Nihon Bundan: Heru Doraiba
Specifics
2010 / 118m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Helldriver poster

Nishimura adepts can rejoice, Helldriver is up there with the best, sporting roughly two hours of madness, hilariously out-of-place social criticism and tons and tons of liters of blood.

The good stuff

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu
Also known as
Kyuketsu Shojo tai Shojo Furanken
Specifics
2009 / 85m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl poster

Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl is entertainment to the max. There is no time for dull moments or dramatic depth, just heaps of blood, gore and silliness.

Solid pieces

The Ninja War of Torakage

by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Also known as
Ninja Torakage
Specifics
2014 / 94m - Japan
Genre
Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Ninja War of Torakage poster

Meatball Machine Kodoku

by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Also known as
Kodoku: Mitoboru Mashin
Specifics
2017 / 100m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Meatball Machine Kodoku poster

Should've started a lot quicker, but once Nishimura takes his foot off the break the film shoots into overdrive. A crazy plot, extreme gore and random weirdness make up most of the final hour. It's a whole lot of fun that doesn't let off, but the dull start and lack of diversity hold the film back a little.

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

The inoffensive

Speakerman: The Boo

by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Also known as
Supîkâman: The Boo
Specifics
2004 / 77m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Speakerman: The Boo poster

Early Nishimura. The film is surprisingly light on horror, instead it brings a healthy blend of fantasy and comedy, finished off with a big bunch of weirdness. The film makes very little sense, then again, what do expect from a film about a speaker-like creature living in a coal miner town. It's a lot of fun though, if you can appreciate this sort of thing.

Worthy but flawed

Tokyo Dragon Chef

by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Also known as
Tokyo Doragon Hanten
Specifics
2020 / 95m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Tokyo Dragon Chef poster

Nishimura is moving more and more away from his horror roots. While there are still traces of his former self to be found in Tokyo Dragon Chef, it's primarily a comedy, with musical, crime and action bits to keep things interesting. Without all the excess though, Nishimura's lacking directorial skills get more in the way of the overall enjoyment.

A huge conflict between different Yakuza clans leaves the city without a viable criminal organization. Ryu and Tatsu decide to leave their old life behind, opening a ramen restaurant instead. They're not the only ones who hope to make a quick buck in the restaurant business, as two other former Yakuza members station their food truck right across Ryu and Tatsu's restaurant.

Nishimura is used to working on a budget, but without his wacky creations it tends to feel a bit too flimsy. The musical numbers aren't very good, performances aren't great, and the comedy isn't all that surprising either. There's still some weirdness and wackiness that keeps things amusing, but it's one of the weaker Nishimura's I've seen so far.

Anatomia Extinction

by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Also known as
Genkai Jinkô Keisû
Specifics
1995 / 54m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Anatomia Extinction poster