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Zombie Self-Defense Force (2009)

Shinji Suzuki , Jun Yamazaki , Naoyuki Tomomatsu  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shinji Suzuki, Jun Yamazaki, Myu Watase, Mihiro, Sakae Yamazaki
  • Directors: Naoyuki Tomomatsu
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K2KMGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,338 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

They thought it would be a routine training mission for the Japanese Self Defense Force; instead it became a blood soaked battle for survival against the living dead! As the handful of survivors end up trapped inside the inevitable secluded hotel, the pat

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stupid fun. September 30, 2009
Zombie Self-Defense Force (Naoyuki Tomomatsu, 2006)

Zonbi Jieitai (aka Zombie Self-Defense Force) has a bang-up premise: how would something that suddenly turned people into zombies affect people going about their daily lives? Unfortunately, the execution doesn't quite live up to the premise, but it's not as bad as it could have been.

A spaceship crashes to Earth as the movie opens, but few people take notice. After all, they're going about their business. There's a model on a photo shoot in the woods, two inept yakuza attempting to kill a guy and dispose of the body, a poor hotel owner attempting to break up with his mistress in order to preserve his marriage. Then comes the spaceship, and the radiation from it (okay, I think it's the radiation, maybe, who knows?) turns dead folks into zombies. This leads to some amusing moments. (The hair stylist on the photo shoot alone is worth watching this movie for.) Eventually, though, we find ourselves in something that looks like a zombie movie; a bunch of folks from these situations and a couple of others end up holed up at the hotel trying to fend off a horde of hungry zombies.

This one's got a pretty low rating at IMDB, and to be honest, I have no idea why. If you're not a fan of zombie movies (and yes, zombie movies,especially of the low budget variety, have gotten really meta over the past couple of decades), I can understand maybe not getting some of the in-jokes or wondering why this movie's effects are really kind of crappy, but let's face it, if you're a zombie fan, you've seen a lot worse in the past couple of years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Zombie films in Japan has definitely have been quite interesting. Especially the releases from Switchblade Pictures. With "Attack Girls' Swim Team vs. the Undead", we had a zombie film that was more soft porn with zombie elements and then with "Zombie Hunter Rika", we had a film with more higher production values and a little nudity.

Now we have "Zombie Self Defense Force" (aka "Zonbie Jietai") which was released back in 2006. So, how does it compare to the two previous Japanese zombie films?

The film kicks off with an anti-war message and how the United States gets involved in such matters and how Japan hangs on to the coattails of the USA. The film then shows a few things happening at a nearby village. A group of high school students on a field trip, two kids walking on the road, a teen pop idol having her photo shoot, a man and a woman inside a home, a group of yakuza working on a deal and soldiers of the Self Defense Force discovering a corpse of a woman that is hung up on a forest.

Next thing you know, a UFO starts floating in the air and everyone sees it flying around and then crashing down in the forest area. Next thing you know, the crash somehow triggers a green cloud of radiation throughout the village.

All of a sudden, a man that the yakuza killed comes back to life, as does the woman who was found dead and hanging on the tree. All dead people buried, start rising from the dead and then attacking people around the village and becoming zombies.

Immediately, one of the yakuza members, the teen pop idol and a few members of the Self Defense Force manage to make it alive and survive the first initial attacks from the zombies. The female soldier starts to have headaches and memories of some type of surgery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for b-horror movie afficianados! January 20, 2012
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Japanese movie subtitled in English. I am a big fan of "bad" horror movies, and I think this is definitely in the top 10!
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