This past weekend at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, we had the honor of seeing Yoshihiro Nishimura’s newest film and the latest inclusion in the MEATBALL MACHINE series, MEATBALL MACHINE KODUKA. Nishimura has become famous worldwide not only for his amazing special effect work but also for his self-styled fast-moving gonzo films, all of which incorporate copious amounts of blood, strange perceptions of sexuality, futuristic technology, endless mutants, along with larger social and political statements. Nishimura’s cyperpunk splatfests are not for everyone, but if you are a gorehound looking for something out of the ordinary, here are five must-see films from this master of mutations and mayhem.
TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008)
TOKYO GORE POLICE is possibly in my top ten movies of all time. Starring Eihi Shiina (who horror fans will know as “Asami” from AUDITION), the movie explores a futuristic world where people can infect themselves with a virus that will allow them to sprout organic mutations from any bodily injury. Some people turn themselves into artwork, while others, known as “Engineers”, mutate themselves into massive unstoppable monsters. The movie follows a special unit of the Tokyo Police Department that battles the Engineers and tries to control the spread of the virus. This movie is bizarre, perverse, and mesmerizing, blending excessive gore, outrageous comedy, and still somehow presenting it via beautiful cinematography.
MUTANT GIRL SQUAD (2010)(Cover Photo)
Nishimura along with two other directors helmed this outrageous flick about Japanese mutant high school girls battling social norms and the forces of evil. This title was released under the Nikkatsu sub-label “Sushi Typhoon” which created a number of outlandish gonzo films from 2010-2011.
ABC’S OF DEATH (2012)
Nishimura created the “Z” in ABC’S OF DEATH, Z IS FOR ZETSUMETSU (EXTINCTION). The segment still embodies his standard outlandish imagery with amazing effects, but also weaves in an astute social commentary on Japan’s international relations with the West…alongside a giant penis gun.
MEATBALL MACHINE (2005)
Nishimura did not direct this original MEATBALL MACHINE film, but his amazing special effect work on the project earned him the moniker “the Tom Savini of Japan” and garnered attention with both Japanese and international horror fans. This movie is fast, wild, and wet as it explores alien invaders who turn humans into host slaves.
MEATBALL MACHINE KODUKA (2017)
Currently playing at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, MEATBALL MACHINE KODUKA puts Nishimura in the director’s chair of this gory franchise. He also helmed all the effects so expect his customary over-the-top blood-filled insanity. Nishimura claims the film required several tons of fake blood. Tons! Plus, there are nipple guns, samurais, cyborg mutations, and strippers. Check out the trailer below, and keep checking Blumhouse.com for details on the upcoming release.