Fans of Tokyo Shock cinema are in for a very special treat. Thursday, April 28th, the Japan Society in New York City, in conjunction with Subway Cinema will be hosting a Director’s Cut screening of Yoshihiro Nishimura’s Helldriver. This is Nishimura’s first solo directorial feature since 2008’s Tokyo Gore Police. Not only will Nishimura be on hand at the screening, but the star of Helldriver, Audition, and Tokyo Gore Police, Eihi Shiina, will be making her first-ever US appearance!
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.
Following the screening there will be an opportunity for autographs with both Nishimura and Shiina as well as a free after party wit food & drinks, and a live performance by metal band Vaura. To help benefit the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund, Nishimura is bringing along several special effects make-up props and memorabilia from his feature films to be auctioned off to the audience, with all proceeds earmarked for disaster relief.
Also at this event will be the announcement of the titles for this Summer’s New York Asian Film Festival, which runs July 1st until the 14th.