Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 14th, 2011
DVD released: April 19th, 2011
Approximate running time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD Dolby Digital 5.1 Japanese, DTS-HD Stereo Japanese, DTS-HD Dolby Digital 5.1 English, DTS-HD Stereo English
Subtitles: English, English Slates
BluRay Release: Media Blasters / Tokyo Shock
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $16.98
Synopsis: In the future crime is rampant. The police have been privatized which allows them to exterminate criminals with immunity. Public enemy number one are mutants known as Engineers. When injured these mutant psychopaths have the ability to merge their wounds with weapons. Raku is the daughter of a slain police officer. She is the most gifted officer on the force with her uncanny ability to kill Engineers.
Tokyo Gore Police was directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura who created the special makeup effects artist Suicide Club, Meatball Machine, Sukeban Boy and The Machine Girl. Visually Tokyo Gore Police doesn’t miss a beat with its hyper active depiction of violence. There are severed limbs, skulls are split in half and a woman is who is tied to four police cars is torn into four sections. One of the most satisfying aspects of this film is its endless flow of blood that just gushes and sprays like water bursting through a dam.
My favorite moment visually is a scene where a pervert on the subway fondles Ruka. She then chops off his arms so he can’t molest anyone else. Just like the other kill scenes the blood starts following and she opens her umbrella to cover herself from the crimson shower. Even with all this carnage and chaos this film does manage to inject some humor albeit of the tongue and cheek variety. Throughout this film there are commercials for items to help you hara-kiri.
Even though the gore and bloodshed are off the map in this film there is so much more to this film. The plot for Tokyo Gore Police is surprisingly good with its well developed characters and their back-stories. The core of the story revolves around a young woman named Ruka who works for the Tokyo police. Her father was a former police officer who was murdered by a rogue cop. She helps rid Tokyo of its criminals while searching for the man that killed her father. The main sub plot involves a Scientist who created the Engineers. He also has ties to Ruka which will lead her to her fathers’ killer. Besides the revenge that Ruka and the Scientist seek the plot also explores how government can abuse its power.
Cast in the lead role Ruka is Eihi Shiina whose most memorable performance to date is her turn as the Femme Fatale Asami Yamazaki (Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri!) in Takashi Miike’s Audition. Eihi Shiina does an amazing job with not only during the action and gore moments. She is even more mesmerizing in expressing her characters pain. The scenes were Ruka craves up her arms with a razor blade are by far the most disturbing in the film. Ultimately Tokyo Gore Police is a satisfying mix of perversion, gore and mayhem.
Tokyo Gore Police comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Though the image does improve upon in most areas, when compared to Tokyo Shock’s previous releases of Tokyo Gore Police. It should be note that edge enhancement rears its head throughout. There are a handful of moments where it is more prominent, then it is for the bulk of the transfer.
This release comes with four audio options, a DTS-HD Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Japanese, a DTS-HD Stereo mix in Japanese, a DTS-HD Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a DTS-HD Stereo mix in English. All four audio mixes sound crystal clear, balanced and robust when they need too. Also the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented. This release comes with two subtitle options, English and English for the Japanese language slates.
Extras on disc one include a trailer for the film (1 minute 51 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles). Rounding out the extras on disc one are trailers for Ichi the Killer, Versus, The Machine Girl and Grotesque.
Extras on disc two (a single layer DVD) include a segment titled ‘Opening Digest’ (6 minutes 55 seconds – letterboxed widescreen), a collection of short films, ‘Tokyo Gore Laborer’ (14 minutes 22 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), ‘Commercial: Narayama’ (1 minute 19 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles),‘The Heroine of my Adolescence’ (5 minutes 21 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), ‘Commercial: Stray Foreigner’ (1 minute 19 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), ’63 Minutes in the Movie…’ (17 minutes 34 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles).
All of these can be played separately or you can play them as a group. ‘Opening Digest’ is essentially a recap of the movie in seven minutes, while the two shorts with ‘Commercial’ in their title are just like the ‘faux’ commercials that appear in the main feature and the three actual short films ‘Tokyo Gore Laborer’, ‘The Heroine of my Adolescence’ and ’63 Minutes in the Movie…’ are not only continuations are the main feature, they also hold up well as standalone adventures. Overall Tokyo Gore Police gets a good release from Tokyo Shock, that ports over all of the extra content from their two previous releases of the film.