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Zombie TV

Canadian Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2013
  • 78 mins
  • DCP
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
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“An epileptic fit of all things undead... provides the viewer with a respite from one kind of weirdness by punching them in the face with another” - Todd Brown, TWITCHFILM

Have you ever dreamed of a zombie-only cable TV offer, broadcasting all things putrefied, decomposing and brain-hungry for the masses, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year? Neither have we, but if such channel existed, it’d get many new Fantasian subscribers, that’s for sure. This rotting cinematic smorgasbord ZOMBIE TV opens with a Frankenstein-esque J-pop starlet — a twisted lookalike of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS’ Sally — singing over an operatic chiptune track inside a giant skull straight out of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. To paraphrase FROM DUSK ‘TILL DAWN’s own Cheech Marin, we got altruist zombie, 2D animated zombie, makeup zombie, Pink Zombie and her posse… we even (ironically) get into a zombie’s brain! The barrage of insane ads, ridiculous TV shows and public service announcements would certainly have good ol’ Paul Verhoeven smiling. Where else can you see a horny idiot yelling bon mots like, “Tits are more precious than life!” before happily dying, munched on by an undead ultra-vixen of a lady? What about some putrefied exercise videos, or a hilarious afterlife sex tutorial? Or this sweet grampa stiff, who wouldn’t be out of place in a JACKASS movie? Forget Fulci’s shark fight in his seminal ZOMBIE: here, you’ll watch the only zombie-versus-cannibal wrestling death match you need to see. Word.

With its below-the-belt humour and micro-budget ingenuity, ZOMBIE TV is exactly what you expect from Fantasia regular and FX-master-cum-director Yoshihiro Nishimura, the prolific man behind wicked midnight films such as TOKYO GORE POLICE, VAMPIRE GIRL VS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL, MUTANT GIRL SQUAD and HELLDRIVER. You know we’re talking about drippy latex prosthetics, pool-sized quantities of red, plenty of mayhem and numerous unholy dismemberments. This splatterrific omnibus (co-directed by Maelie Makuno and Naoya Tashiro) stars Ayumi Kuroki and Iona from the LUST OF THE DEAD series, Hiroko Yashiki (SUICIDE CLUB) and a bunch of Nishimura’s usual suspects, including Maki Mizui (MACHINE GIRL) and Jiji Bu (DEAD SUSHI). Honestly, can you go wrong with such a severed-tongue-firmly-planted-in-rotten-cheek zombie-themed anthology that references classics like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST alike? It’s as if the MONTY PYTHON lads went crazy in sushi country and asked Fantasia’s very own DJ XL5 to go all-in for a nice, fun, 80-minute all-you-can-eat zombie party!

— Kristof G.