original title: Zonbi Asu
Director: Noboru Iguchi
Starring: Arisa Nakamura, Mayu Sugano, Asana Mamoru, Yüki, Danny
We are going to flush you!
A group of teenagers travel out to the country to have some fun and do some fishing. Their trip quickly takes a shitty turn when they get attacked by some poop covered zombies that have been taken over by some crazy parasite.
How can you say no to a title like Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead? Even if it plays like a typical new corny splatter comedy that have been flooding out from the crazy Japanese the last years, it is still a film that I have been anticipating for quite some while now after witnessing one of the greatest trailers of the last ten years.
Of course a film like this isn’t made to be taken seriously. It is done to deliver gross toilet humour and its success level is based on how long they can keep the jokes entertaining and fresh. So, is it actually any fun? Yeah, it starts out like the greatest shit zombie movie ever made and it is able to keep the crap smelling fresh for quite some time, but it did loose some steam when the third act enters were it became more of a monster than zombie film.
What surprised me was the fact that I did like the main character Megumi (Arisa Nakamura) in the film. She is given some sort of backstory, but honestly it is more due to Nakamura’s cute and charming looks than anything else that makes the character likeable. Perhaps even a bigger surprise is the fact that the film has a good soundtrack by Yasuhiko Fukuda. You don’t really expect anything noteworthy from that department in a movie like this.
The mastermind behind this film is Noboru Iguchi, a man who has started to make a name for himself the later years by delivering goofy splatter comedies such as Mutant Girl Squad, Dead Sushi and his F is for Fart segment in the anthology film The ABCs of Death. His directs with a childlike enthusiasm and with the humour of a teenager and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is quite happy being the most promising young filmmaker in the poop horror department. Technically this film isn’t that bad, even if it is a low-budget effort the film still looks decent and the cheap CGI special effects are portrayed as good as they possibly could have looked on film.
Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead is of course not a film for everybody, or hardly anybody. It is made for those with toilet humour and a fondness for Japanese b-movies. It does deliver enough for those that are out for some easy and silly entertainment and while it isn’t something that anyone is likely to revisit several times, it is worth seeing once.