While the current catastrophe in Northern Japan may have Hollywood pulling movies and rewriting scripts to not potentially offend any sensibilites, it’s almost comforting to know in some respects it’s still business as usual in Japan, as evidenced by no calls to ban or censor Yoshihiro Nishimura’s Helldriver, a splatterfest that begins with Northern Japan going to hell after being showered by alien fallout.
The great folks at Twitch have gotten hold of a new trailer for Helldriver, the latest piece of gonzo splatter from the director of Tokyo Gore Police and Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl. They’ve also provided a synopsis that pretty much tells you everything you need to know going in.
WELCOME TO ZOMBIE WORLD!
An alien-spawned, mysterious mist blankets the northern half of Japan, transforming those who inhale it into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies hell-bent on devouring the surviving human population. Plunged into chaos, Japan is torn in two–the southern half of the country, where the populace remains untouched by the deadly gas, lives behind a heavily-fortified wall, while the northern half is a lawless, zombie-infected wasteland. Political forces are locked in a stalemate over whether the living dead should remain protected as family members or exterminated like a plague. The economy withers away, and all hope seems lost for the people and the nation of Japan.
Hope arrives in the form of 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, with its own designs on the living half of Japan, refuses to lay down and die.
Visionary filmmaker Yoshihiro Nishimura’s first solo directorial effort since TOKYO GORE POLICE is an epic, apocalyptic road movie featuring non-stop action and over-the-top splatter. The long-awaited realization of his dreams, HELLDRIVER is Nishimura’s bid to create the ultimate zombie film.
The showdown for the future of Japan is at hand and no one, living or dead, may survive to see it!
From the looks of the trailer Helldriver would appear to be the deranged Japanese splatterpunk version of Neil Marshall’s Doomsday. Warp you mental state watching the trailer for yourself.