Japanese Exploitation Film's:
What the Helldriver ?
Helldriver is produced by the director of Tokyo Gore Police, these film have a very extreme approach of storytelling and have the charm of a Quintin Tarantino approach or a grind house aesthetic. Yoshihiro Nishimura's preview films are wonderful example of how interesting films can be Directed by people who have worked behind the camera's and are willing to get involved with the production of the own film. Yoshihiro Nishimura's aim is to try reinvent the already popular Japanese Horror and try to invent an alternative Genre which has come be known as Japanese Exploitation film. The concept of Yoshihiro Nishimura's film is to direct the narrative in different directions that the audience is not familiar with and push imagery of Gore or violence to new limits. this is one of the reason that his films can be classed as Exploitation, simply because the audience member either can appreciate the extreme content or they may be over whelmed by its cheap aesthetic. within the first 10 minutes of the film our female protagonist kicks ass and does a sort of pole dance but the female are both glamourizes and sexualised. It is important to realise that the film is not a Sexploitation for the films focus more on the Gore aspects of the film rather than sex but still could be argued that the female characters are sexualised. Eihi Shiina is in a lot of Yoshihiro Nishimura's, in Tokyo Gore Police she played our main hero which was interesting because she is most famous for her role as the psychotic female in Audition . There are themes that run throughout Yoshihiro Nishimura film's like the fact the effects are made to look as unrealistic as possible, there is so much ore that it would be humanely impossible for it to be realistic and his films could be classed as a Cult film because it is desighned for a small market. Yoshihiro Nishimura's films feel almost playful in content, the characters appear to be having fun and there is a sense that his films are experimental. These are made out of Bad taste in the sentence of a Exploitation film, Tokyo Gore Police has similar themes to Panet Terror, both of them share grindhouse themes in the structure and Planet Terror was release 1 years before Tokyo Gore Police so this suggests that Yoshihiro Nishimura is inspired by Quintin Tarantio even if it is accidentally.
In Helldriver the story is basically consists of a zombie apocalyptic narrative which is not as important of the special effect like Tokyo Gore Policeand Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl. in fact Helldriver narrative has similarity to Tokyo Gore Police where Machine are the fret to Society, but in Helldriver it is zombies that are a problem to Society but it is not the narrative that the audience is interested in or even should take seriously because the whole purpose to the film is the artist aesthetic. The zombies have there on individual look which works really well, the zombies move and look how zombies should but it is believable that they can attack humans. It is interesting that the zombies are carrying weaponry because this even out the fight scenes. Helldriver has an ironic sense of humour like Yoshihiro Nishimura's and it is the man that is saying that the zombies are harmless that is the same guy gets eaten by them. After the long introduction, 50 minutes in the credits eventually role;
The film uses reference like Nazasim and a one of the characters being related to a Kamikaze pilot and therefore he has that in is nature so it is not surprising how he dies. there is a zombie Geisha in the movie who was an interesting chose of character, her costume is amazing, she fight the main characters beautifully; the whole concept of the narrative is similar to Chanbara beauty in the sense that the world has been taken over by zombies, there are female protagonist in it, the is a cowboy suit and a samurai female warrior although there isn't a fat useless character running around putting everyone else in danger. also it remind me of Zombieland in a sense because of the way that the narrative derives that have of the country has been blocked of by a wall and there is a big flashing light as the characters enter. This screams theme park!
The zombies are highly sexualised where are the human are just fighting to survive, the concept of zombies wanting flesh is taken in more than one way and when the zombies capture one of the main character they proceed to play with her in a suggestively sexual way
" It's raining Zombies, Halleljah"
"Wait a minute"
Near to the zombies invade the main city, they end up flying above the city and fly from the sky. They basically think it meal time and eat everyone but the crazy priest thinks this is a good idea and stands there while the zombies devour him. Think the film is trying to comment on the ways that people may act in a real zombie apocalyptic, the characters had a false opion that they were harmless, almost like bunnies and this was up until the started to bite.
" Yes zombies bite"