Tokyo, the near future: a new menace terrorises the city. The engineers are psychopathic killers whose wounds mutate and weaponise. Police officer Ruka is determined to find their leader and end their gory reign forever.
Tokyo Gore Police is a violent satire that takes place in the near-future. Amid a campaign to privatise the police force, the city is struck by a ferocious new killing phenomenon: the engineers. These psychotic murderers have a unique form of bodily self-defence. When attacked, their wounds spontaneously mutate and weaponize, forming jaws, firing projectiles or growing into deformed, bony saws and knives.
Ruka is a police officer and the best engineer-hunter on the force but she is haunted by the memory of her father, who was shot in the head and killed on the job. Brought up by the Samurai armour-clad police, she is no stranger to violence herself (after being groped by another passenger on the underground, she takes him outside where she slices off his arms and demurely protects herself from the rain of blood by opening a parasol). So when her hunt for the leader of the engineers points her towards information about her father’s unsolved murder, nothing will stop her getting revenge.
The film is a colourful circus of gore, humour and invention, with elements of Cronenbergian body horror; and Starship Troopers-like satire (the bouts of bloodletting are punctuated with public service announcements for cute cutting tools for self-harmers, and ultra-violent police recruitment ads). Eihi Shiina stars as Ruka. You may remember her as the sociopathic Asami from Takeshi Miike’s 1999 thriller Audition. She also plays the mother of Vampire Girl in tomorrow’s j-horror flick Vampire Girl versus Frankenstein Girl and also turns up in a small role in Takeshi Kitano’s latest film, Outrage.
Director Yoshihiro Nishimura began his film career as an effects and horror makeup specialist, working on films including Sion Sono’s 2002 Suicide Club and Yūdai Yamaguchi and Jun'ichi Yamamoto’s 2005 sci-fi horror Meatball Machine. He has twice worked with cult director Noburo Iguchi, first on the 2003 comedy/romance/horror A Larva To Love and again on the 2008 gore movie Machine Girl.
After Machine Girl wrapped, its US DVD distributors Media Blasters commissioned Nishimura to make his own movie. He decided to base the film on a short he had made in 1995, Anatomia Extinction. Nishimura co-wrote the screenplay for Tokyo Gore Police which he then directed. He also worked on the extensive effects and modelling himself.