TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008) Reviews and overview

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‘Tokyo is burning.’
Tokyo Gore Police is a 2008 Japanese-American science fiction splatter film co-written, edited, and directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein GirlHelldriver; Zombie TV). The movie stars Eihi Shiina as Ruka, a vengeful police officer.

The movie is a remake of Anatomia Extinction which Nishimura made in 1995.

“>In a near-future chaotic Japan, a mad scientist known only as “Key Man” has created a virus that mutates humans into monstrous creatures called “Engineers” that sprout bizarre weapons from any injury. The Tokyo Police Force has been privatised to deal with this new threat of engineers, so a special squad of officers called “Engineer Hunters” are created to deal with them.

However, unlike the average police force, the Engineer Hunters are a private quasi-military force that utilizes violence, sadism, and streetside executions to maintain law and order.

“Helping the police force is Ruka, a troubled loner who is very skilled in dispatching the Engineers. Along with helping the police, she is looking for the killer of her father, an old-fashioned officer who was murdered in broad daylight by a mysterious assassin.

Ruka soon receives a new case to hunt down Key Man, however, once she encounters him, he infects her by inserting a key-shaped tumour into her scar-riddled left forearm before disappearing…


Tokyo Gore Police is better than expected and should be enjoyed by all fans of Japanese cult cinema. Offering violence with a vague social conscience, whilst it might not deliver all out visceral thrills, it manages to be far more interesting than the average low budget gore fest.” Beyond Hollywood

Brendon Tenold’s splattertastic YouTube review

“Propelled by geysers of blood and tidal waves of neuroses, Tokyo Gore Police plumbs wounds both cultural and physical to deliver splatterific social satire.” New York Times

“Garishly coloured, wilfully offensive (but always in a cute way), interspersed with hilarious TV commercial inserts à la Robocop, and full of over-the-top action, fetishistic metamorphoses and impossibly bloody body horror, this film has to be seen to be believed. Totally insane.” Little White Lies

“Partly because the premise is so fantastical (bloody wounds turning into even bloodier and more disgusting weapons), and partly because the film is so violent (too many decapitations, severed limbs, and melted faces to count), Tokyo Gore Police lives up to its name: a wet-dream for any gore-hound.” Monster Chiller Horror Theatre


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” …the attraction of Tokyo Gore Police lies in its over-the-top action and insane visual effects. Nishimura was not working with a big budget but the choices in set design and effects are very resourceful.” Fantastic Fest 2008

“If you haven’t seen a Japanese gore film before, Tokyo Gore Police is probably the only one you’ll ever have to watch to satiate your curiosity […] Check it out, but this time don’t order popcorn: You’ll want to watch this movie on an empty belly.” 

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