The dreaded “Black Fuji”, created from years of trash and dead bodies being buried at city dump, has spawned the zombie apocalypse in the middle of Tokyo. The hapless hero of Tokyo Zombie (2005), Fujio's story begins with him learning the art of Jiujutsu from his mentor and best friend Mitsuo. They soon discover that the city is being overrun by zombies after they finish making a deposit at the same landfill that caused the catastrophe. The rest of movie consists of the pair trying to make it to Russia so Fujio can finish his Jiujutsu training, with many hilarious hiccups on their way there.
This movie was based on a manga of the same name, so of course the subject matter is over the top. Regardless of that fact, the film also is full of political and social satire. The two heroes are played by the excellent actors Tadanobu Asano and Shô Aikawa, both of whom are seasoned actors within Japan. Tadanobu Asano has recently been in several American made films including Thor (2011) and Battleship (2012). ~ Will
Reviewed November 2012