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