I hope that everyone enjoyed my review of Helldriver! I would be very glad if, despite my small gripes about the editing, the overall tone was positive and conveyed even a small portion of the gut-wrenching delight that was imparted to me by the film. Yoshihiro Nishimura is a maverick filmmaker and FX artist who is worthy of all of the attention that he gets (and he deserves even more). Please support his work by checking out the films when they come to a theater near you!
Before I get into any more reviews, I thought I would show off some of the goodies that I picked up at the Helldriver premiere in Shibuya. Unfortunately, to my knowledge there are no official goods from the film available at the moment, but I managed to make off with some fun swag nonetheless!
- Tokyo Gore Police “Gore Edition” DVD. I picked this up when it was first released, but now it’s been signed by the director himself! Thank you, Mr. Nishimura!
- Hand towels featuring Pabaan, the image production group that includes Nishimura Eizo Co., Ltd.
- Tokyo Gore Police mini-notebook! The front says “Tokyo Police Corporation,” while the back features the TGP logo. The silhouetted figure on the front cover is probably meant to be a loose parody of the actual Tokyo Police mascot character, Pipo-kun.
- Ultimo mondo cannibale (1977), better known in English as Last Cannibal World, directed by Ruggero Deodato. The precursor to the director’s more notorious Cannibal Holocaust (1979), this film is apparently one of Nishimura’s favorites, and thus was available at the booth as one of his recommended titles. While I saw Cannibal Holocaust ages ago, I recently viewed this one for the first time, and so I may post a review of it at a later date.
- A pair of signed bromide photos featuring Maki Mizui and pole dancer Cay Izumi (collectively known as Izumizui), both of whom graced the screen as undead in Helldriver and are frequent collaborators with Nishimura and company.
- Limited edition Helldriver chewing gum! This was a special little gift handed out personally by Mr. Nishimura and his staff. From what I could tell there were three different zombie designs. Mine features Maki Mizui’s “spider zombie” happily flipping the bird, while the back is printed with the blood-dripping logo of Nishimura Eizo Co., Ltd.
- The logo in the form of a cell phone strap, complete with a zombie horn/antenna.
- The ticket stub, backed by Mr. Nishimura as featured on the cover of Metropolis magazine.
On a more random note, my friend and Gothic Lolita blogger LA CARMINA is helping to bring the NOH8 Campaign to Tokyo later this month. This certainly may seem to have little or nothing to do with horror, but as a U.S. citizen living in Japan I find this campaign to be an important movement with a positive message, and I would like to express my support. We children of the night are often some of the most open-minded and individualistic people one could have the pleasure of meeting, but we sometimes come under fire for our interests and lifestyles due to prejudice and ignorance. As such, I think that NOH8 may resonate deeply with such members of the “Addams clan.”
The NOH8 campaign began as a protest against Prop 8, and now has a larger message of fighting inequality. Photographer Adam Bouska has taken over 10,000 photos of people wearing white, with duct tape over their mouths, including celebrities: Adam Lambert, Tori Spelling, Ashlee Simpson, Gene Simmons, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.
The NOH8 campaign will be in Tokyo in late March, with an open photo shoot on March 27 (1-5 PM at New Lex Roppongi.) Click here for full information in English. Click here for full information in Japanese. If you support the message of this campaign and would like to come out and have your photo taken to support the movement, please drop by the New Lex Roppongi on March 27 and spread the word!