Title: Wild Zero

Also known as:
N/A

Year: 2000

Genre: Zombies / Comedy / Horror / Sci-Fi / Music

Language: Japanese

Runtime: 98 min

Director: Tetsuro Takeuchi

Writer: Tetsuro Takeuchi & Satoshi Takagi

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0267116/

Plot:
The planet is invaded by zombies, Ace falls in love with a transvestite, the band Guitar Wolf kill their manager with the help of Ace, and that's just the beginning. As a thank you, Ace gets whistle that he can use to call Guitar Wolf if he ever needs help. And considering the state of the world on this very day, it will happen a couple of times..

Our thoughts:
It's been a good 6 years or so since I first saw this movie and I used to love it. Hell, at some point I even listened to the band, "Guitar Wolf". I've seen it a couple of times but it has been a long time since so it was fun to finally get to watch it again. But for some reason I'm not as charmed by it this time around, and might change my mind about that it's the best Asian zombie movie. Granted, I haven't watched "Versus", "Bio-Zombie" or "Junk" for a few years either, so they might not be better than this one is today either. But that's besides the point. Make no mistake though, "Wild Zero" is still an funny, entertaining and absurd zombie film.

Alien spaceships are turning people to zombies and we will follow Ace, his new "girl"-friend Tobio, the punk rock band Guitar Wolf, an insane manager and a few others as they try to survive the invasion. After Ace helps Guitar Wolf deal with the manager, they give him a whistle that he can use whenever he is in trouble. The movie is packed with rock music by the actual band Guitar Wolf, and I don't know how many times they yell "Rock'n'Roll" in the movie, but we get the message - it's not dead. But it's all in good fun when this splatter movie starts blowing off zombie heads to the tunes and our lead continuously combs his hair.

The DVD comes with a drinking game that I haven't checked out, but I can almost guarantee that one thing in there is to drink averu time a head is blown off. It's basicly how they kill off every zombie in the movie. And of course, it's made with poor CGI effects, but I'm actually fine with it. I must be racist, but I'm usually not bothered with CGI in Asian films as much as I am in American films (or any English spoken country). Other than that, we have zombies in the classic "Dawn of the Dead" style with blue faces, something I'm not a huge fan of but it works.

The zombie aspect of this film is good fun, but it's definitely not its strongest part. It has a rocking soundtrack, fresh atmosphere, a great lead actor and some good jokes to make it worth while. The biggest issue I had with the movie this time around is that it really could've cut out 15 minutes without ruining the movie whatsoever. It just seemed too damn long - much longer than I had remembered.

"Wild Zero" is no ordinary zombie film. First of all, it's all about rock'n'roll. And then you can't forget the romance between our lead and what he finds out is a transvestite. Oh and all the alien spaceships. And the lead of the band who has some odd super powers that he can use to destroy a spaceship with his guitar-blade. Even though the movie was far from as good now as it was 6 years ago, it's still worthy of a watch and anyone who enjoys zombie films should give this a spin.


Positive things:
- Just balls out crazy.
- Rock'n'Roll!
- Can't help but laugh at much of the stupidity.
- Ace is ace!
- The effects that aren't CGI look pretty good.
- Japanese Steve Buscemi!
Negative things:
- CGI effects such as headshots.
- Too long.

Rating:
Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 3.5/5

We got this movie from:
CAVD.com

It can be bought from:
Synapse-Films.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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