Junk: Shiryô-gari (2000)
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I have to admit that I have been kinda dancing around watching this one since I first saw the trailer years and years ago, so I was somewhat nervous to sit down with it recently as I didn't think it would live up to the expectation that I might have built over years of waiting to check it out. It's a very middle of the road flick, though it honestly might've meant more to me had I seen it when it were fresher in the cultural zeitgeist and the trend towards Japanese horror. Worth a peep, but it won't blow your skirt up.
I like Junk: Shiryô-gari. Sure, it's extremely derivative stuff (female super-zombie aside, of course), but it has absolutely no pretensions, delivering fans of your more traditional shuffling undead all the gut-munching, brain-blasting action that they could ask for. The plot sees a gang of amateur jewel thieves (including sexy getaway driver Saki) bite off more than they can chew when they arrange their meeting with a Yakuza fence and his men at an abandoned factory: the derelict building is, in fact, a top secret army base where experiments in raising the dead have resulted in flesh-eating zombies, and it's not long before the criminals are fighting for their lives against hordes of mouldy walking cadavers. This weak set up is simply an excuse for a series of violent gun-fights and bloody encounters with manky zombies, so it is easy to forgive the silly script, many glaring plot-holes and terrible acting (particularly from a handful of westerners, playing US Army dudes). Director Atsushi Muroga (who also directed jewellery-heist-gone-wrong action flick Score) wisely keeps the action flowing thick and fast, and ensures that gore-hounds are kept happy with plenty of splattery effects. Eventually, things get very daft indeed, with the aforementioned super-zombie stealing the show in the film's finale: wearing thigh high kinky boots, this surprisingly sexy corpse runs rings around the surviving gang members, before being shot in the head. Unfortunately, this only makes matters worse: the she-zombie becomes even stronger (and, inexplicably, albino!), fighting on after having been completely cut in half!!! Cool, crazy, and covered in blood, this undemanding undead actioner is recommended to those who want to switch off their brain and simply enjoy some gory mayhem.
Plot? A secret U.S. Army project inolving a high-tech cutting-edge experiment to re-animate dead Japanese people in an abandoned warehouse with a full working staff of two. Filled with many clichés and a high concentration of inconsistencies, such as zombies who can be stopped with bullets...and then they can't be....and then they can be. I've also learned that you can heal an open wound that's spraying blood just by having girls pour Evian directly to the injury. Well, at least the filmmakers got the title right.
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