Japan Society, New York
Yoshihiro Nishimura’s Helldriver will be having its New York premiere on Thursday, April 28, 2011, as a very special launch event for the 5th Festival of Contemporary Japanese Film (July 7–July 18, 2011): Japan Cuts and for the New York Asian Film Festival 2011. Director Nishimura and actress Eihi Shiina will both be in attendance.
The event is a co-presentation of the Japan Society, New York (see link below) and Subway Cinema. From now through June 30, 2011, 50% of all ticket sales will go to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. In addition, the screening will be followed by a party for ye undead and proud, special announcements will be made revealing titles in this year’s festivals, and prizes will be given away.
This is your one chance to see the original director’s cut of the film with more action … and more gore!
In a land where half of the population has become not-so-sexy flesh-eaters and the economy gently withers away, all hope seems lost for Japan… until Kika (Yumiko Hara) arrives. A stunning high school girl armed with an artificial heart-powered chainsaw sword, she leads a motley crew 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 just 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, over-the-top splatter action. 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!
Tickets are just $12 ($9 for members, students & seniors). Buy tickets online here, or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon.-Fri. 11 am-6 pm, Weekends 11 am-5 pm.