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Zombie Hunter Rika


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  • Actors: Risa Kudo, Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Directors: Kenichi Fujiwara
  • Writers: Kenichi Fujiwara, Takeyuki Morikaku
  • Producers: Masato Kobayashi, Kenjiro Nichi, Masami Teranishi
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Switchblade Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BEE7I8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,779 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When typical Japanese high school student Rika skips school to visit her grandfather, she fails to take into account the fact that his remote village is infested with the living dead. What happens next isn't pretty, but fortunately, Grandpa Ryuhei just happens to be the greatest surgeon ever!
Picking up what's left of Rika, he dusts her off and rebuilds her, better than she was, into the ultimate zombie fighter! Now, together with her friends Takashi and Yuji, Rika must take on the monstrous master of carnivorous cadavers: the grand-high lowest of the low, Zombie Boss Glorian!

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It's a fun movie.
Run Prach
I watched the whole thing thinking the finale might make the movie worth the time already invested in viewing it... wrong!
DuBois
We then see the monster take the cut off arm (which is still holding the sword) and throwing it towards the forest.
Dennis A. Amith (kndy)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Donald A. Prentiss on December 10, 2009
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This well cast low budget, silly and goofy Zombie movie has actually got some chops to it - the fight scenes are actually pretty good and the film has a strong lead actress and a good diverse cast of oddities for the background. The director does a stand up job executing the scenes of action with the limited budget and I liked the traditional Japanese folk music played as OST. Fun and entertaining and fans of films like Tokyo Gore Police or Machine Girl will dig this. Nudity = check. Swearing = check. Gore=eh, a little. Blood = hell yeah and a lot of it. Glad I bought this, glad to have it in my collection. You like goofy Japanese Zombie fare - then this is for you!
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When it comes to Japanese approach to zombies, many people can think towards video games such as "Resident Evil" (Biohazard) or even creepy monster like video games such as "Silent Hill". When it comes to the films, where Western films tend to want to feature more gore, humor but retain that creepiness and eeriness, sometimes that Japanese direction of zombie films tend to want to titillate the viewer.

With the release of "Attack Girls' Swim Team versus the Undead" (aka "Nihonbi 2'), the film utilized porno actresses and thus the film seemed very softcore despite being a zombie film. And not exactly scary or eery but more comic and sexual in nature. Now we have the followup titled "Zombie Hunter Rika: Unrated Limited Edition" (aka "Nihonbi 3') from Switchblade Pictures. This time, minus the porn stars and higher production, we get bikini model Risa Kudo as Zombie Hunter Rika.

The film revolves around a scientific program gone haywire. While the emergency sounds are blaring in the background, the main scientist seemed to have slept after having an erotic dream after looking at a porn magazine. When he wakes up, he finds out that his colleagues are now zombies and instead of running away, he looks at his comrades in the eye and ends up being bit by one and thus becoming a zombie.

We then see the exploits of a European wandering zombie hunter via a streaming video clip that a guy is watching on his computer. But somehow in this film, the main protagonist is defeated by a huge zombie monster which ends with the hero's arm being cutoff (and evidently, the hero is killed). We then see the monster take the cut off arm (which is still holding the sword) and throwing it towards the forest.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on October 12, 2010
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When average, everyday high school student Rika and her friend decide to skip classes and take a train to visit her grandfather, she was unaware that his remote village was infected with the living dead. As soon as they arrive, they're tossed into a nest of flesh-eating fiends as they desperately attempt to avoid becoming lunch while trying to get to Grandpa's, who fortunately happens to be a great surgeon, but unfortunately, unbeknownst to Rika, also happens to have Alzheimer's... ain't life grand?

So, over the river and through the woods to grandfather's house they go. Once there, the zombie's follow suit, and poor Rika gets bitten by a girl-eating ghoul in a melee that occurs in Grandpa's pad, and her arm is amputated to spare her the fate of becoming infected. She later gets a transplant arm, courtesy of a fallen #1 Zombie-Hunter, and that arm comes with a complimentary Samurai Sword and a side-dish of special powers, and now the real blood-letting begins! Rather than bore you with annoying details and spoilers, here's the pros and cons of this low-budget Asian gorefest -

1) The story and characters are paper-thin, at times ridiculous, but this is a zombie flick, not Shakespeare.

2) In spite of the non-existent budget, the zombies look pretty damn cool, and the effects with flesh-eating, intestinal buffets, throat-tearing snacks and blood-letting kills are very good and near-believable. (Assuming you buy into the whole zombie thing in the first place).

3) Killing zombies with samurai swords looks like a helluva lot of fun, and would make a great sport. Certainly an improvement over Nascar racing, I assure you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony on June 5, 2011
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This can be viewed as a "live action cartoon movie" along the line of other movies like street fighter if you are into this then you definitely will enjoy this movie if not you may want to steer clear
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ZenDodge69 on August 31, 2012
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I watched this movie expecting very little, I was surprised. It is completely goofy, but fun, the special effects are cheap, but effective. There is a lot of blood and gore, and a bit of nudity. This movie is fun, it wasn't made to be a blockbuster or challenge the actors, it made me laugh at points, the zombie that can talk intelligently for instance. I has never seen a Japanese zombie movie before and gave it a try, I thought I would be disappointed, but I enjoyed the movie more than I expected. Worth a view if you like Japanese movies. Zombie Hunter Rika
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 25, 2012
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Japanese filmmakers tend to apply different sensibilities to the zombie genre, which can make evaluating them by Western standards a senseless exercise. Although it starts out with a typical outbreak of the walking dead, Zombie Hunter Rika (2008) soon adds some quirky elements that are primarily associated with the Japanese culture. With a samurai sword being employed against the undead, the film has a decent level of gore, and also some gratuitous nudity, in this horror/comedy where a schoolgirl battles to save her friends and family. Some spoilers follow.

While in a village, students Rika (Risa Kudo) and Nami encounter a group of zombies, but manage to escape with the help of a passerby. The group goes to Rika grandfather's house, but the zombies soon appear there, kill a number of people, and trap the survivors in the house.

Rika is bitten on the arm by a zombie, and to save her life, her grandfather Ryuhei, a noted surgeon, cuts off her arm, and attaches a severed arm gripping a sword, that belonged to a man who was a "zombie hunter". Rika finds that the sword is special, and that in hands of the original owner, Rika is capable of great fighting skills.

Takashi, a "friendly" zombie appears in the house, and tells the survivors that if Grorian the boss of the zombies is defeated, everything will return to "normal". The group heads into the woods, bound for Grorian's lair, and while traveling, they are attacked by zombies, and Rika gets the chance to employ her new zombie fighting skills. Eventually Rika has a showdown with the hideous looking Grorian (a huge guy wearing a white rubber mask).
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