Fans of genre-bending splatter-fest films better hold on to their seats because Yoshihiro Nishimura and Sushi Typhoon are back with the goriest, splatter-filled zombie epic to ever come out of Japan, that’s right it’s HELLDRIVER. Over the last ten years Nishimura, and a small group of like-minded horror directors have carved out a new genre in Japanese horror. It’s part comedy, part over-the-top gore and blood, and always filled with cute young girls, freakish mutants, and bizarre special effects. These low budget thrills have made waves at film festivals around the globe, making a name for Nishimura and fellow director Noboru Iguchi (KARATE ROBO-ZABORGAR) among others. In 2010 the rising demand for these campy b-movie flicks culminated in the formation of Sushi Typhoon, a production offshoot of the Nikkatsu Corporation. This specialty label burst onto the scene last year with ALIEN VS. NINJA and MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD, which was co-directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Noboru Iguchi, and Tak Sakaguchi. HELLDRIVER represents Nishimura’s first solo effort with Sushi Typhoon, and since the release of his epic TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008).
In HELLDRIVER, Nishimura takes the zombie thriller to new dizzying heights, pulling out all the stops, and complete with his trademark comedy-gore. Somewhere in the near future, a mysterious mist has covered the northern half of Japan, turning the local population into flesh-eating zombies. Japan is ultimately driven to divide the country in two, erecting a heavily fortified wall to contain the zombie-infected northern wasteland. And just when all hope seems lost, in walks Kika (Yumiko Hara), a beautiful high school girl armed with a chainsaw sword powered by an artificial heart. Recruited by the government, Kika leads a ragtag group of desperados on a secret mission into the zombie-infected wilds to exterminate zombie queen Rikka (Eihi Shiina from AUDITION and TOKYO GORE POLICE) and put an end to the plague of the living dead. But the road is fraught with a thriving zombie culture that refuses to lay down and die.
A zombie road-movie the likes of which you’ve never seen before, HELLDRIVER is a J-horror that will have you laughing and cringing at the same time!
HELLDRIVER Showtimes: Friday, April 1 at 9PM Dole Cannery