[Trailer Watch] Zombie Ass will bombard you with shit joke after shit joke

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Zombie Ass Japanese campy horror movie

I recently wrote an article about how only certain types of Japanese movies make it to Western audiences. I argued that it’s because of big bad companies. Those one percenters. They select films based solely on the bottom line. They’re only going to import Japanese films they know will do well based on past experience. I went on to say that Japan Flix, since it’s a small company of like-minded individuals, tries to introduce films that have cultural value.

Which is why I am going to introduce you to the film Zombie Ass.

This ridiculous horror flick is literally about zombies coming out of the toilet and spewing all kinds of shit and mayhem from their asses.

Zombie Ass still

“1968, they came from the grave. 2002, they came from viruses. 2012, they come from the toilet.” A bunch of high school kids enter a secluded village for an intensive diet involving swallowing a parasite supposedly effective for losing weight. Something goes wrong and soon people are being chased by zombies, there’s crap, vomit, blood everywhere, and some forced plot gives us gratuitous nudity.

It’s directed by Iguchi Noboru who’s nearly achieved demi-god status among the followers of this niche subculture. What kind of subculture am I talking about? The subculture riddled with titles like Robo Geisha, Karate Robot Zaborgar, Machine Girl.

These films take ideas you thought were cool in middle school like ninjas, geisha, zombies, machine guns, yakuza, girls, etc. and mix them together in outrageous combinations. The stunts, special effects, even acting are done in earnest, but you just can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous everything is.

Zombie Ass still

Hollywood tried to have a go at it, like with Snakes on a Plane, but they can’t achieve the success that Japan has. There’s too much restraint. Snakes has the appropriate situational comedy, but a huge budget and good actors reduce the “camp” factor. Japan can do it right because they aren’t trying to be campy, they just are.

No country other than Japan could make such kinds of films that so many people appreciate. It’s a unique cultural export that I’m proud of. I’m proud of Zombie Ass.

Here’s another trailer. This one tries to sell the sex aspect. You don’t need to understand Japanese to get the humor. That’s the beauty of potty jokes isn’t it?

Zombie Ass comes out in theaters in Japan tomorrow, February 24th. Expect to see this in your local campy theaters, if not in your favorite DVD store or maybe here on Japan Flix sometime in the next year or two.

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