Review: Tokyo Zombie (2005)

Best Bad Quote:

“If you see a zombie, find something happy and bash its head in.”

It’s no secret that the Japanese make some strange movies and Tokyo Zombie is no exception. Nothing truly groundbreaking here in terms of the zombie film genre, other than the fact that our main characters decide to fight off the horde’s of the undead with Brazilian Jujitsu instead of firearms.  Martial arts and zombies, yes please.

Tokyo Zombie follows the friendship of two warehouse workers.  Fujio, the afro sporting, dim witted aspiring jujitsu master and his co-worker/best friend, Mitsuo, a balding, former jujitsu star who has a death wish.  After the two men accidentally kill their douchebag of a boss, they decide to bury him at Black Mt. Fuji, which is apparently the Vegas desert equivalent of Tokyo.  There’s only one problem, the combination of all the discarded corpses and the toxic waste that has been dumped there over the years has, you guessed it, caused the dead start coming back to life and wreaking havoc on the living.  From there, the wheels just come off this crazy little movie, and no real semblance of sanity is preserved.

Following in the footsteps of Frodo and Samwise, Harry and Lloyd, and Bill and Ted, Fujio and Mitsuo have a friendship that is based on their mutual love for one another.  Venturing into the homoerotic at times with their constant jujitsu mounting positions and Mitsuo serenading Fujio regarding how much he cherishes their friendship, these two take “bromance” to a whole other level.  Oh Asians and their love for karaoke.

This movie is weird.  Really, really, weird.  From a pervy, old Japanese man trying to sneak a peek up a schoolgirl’s skirt, to a jealous wife dropkicking her mother-in-law’s head clean off its body, to the bizarre smooth jazz soundtrack that plays through the film, I found myself torn while watching Tokyo Zombie.  One minute I would totally be on board and the next I would be left thinking, “whaaaaaaaa?”  Judge for yourselves, but what I can tell is that in order to maximize the “Bad Movie Factor” of this movie, make sure to watch the dubbed version, the Keanu Reeves-esque voice of Fujio makes it totally worth it.


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