*** W A R N I N G !!! *** If you had difficulties stomaching the farting scenes of Swiss Army Man then this Japanese horror flick ain’t for you. *** W A R N I N G !!! ***
Wracked with guilt over the suicide of her bullied sister, young karate student Megumi accompanies four older friends on a trip into the woods: smart girl Aya, her druggie boyfriend Také, full-figured model Maki, and nerdy Naoi. Things start to go badly when Maki finds a parasitical worm inside a fish – and wolfs it down, in the hope that it will keep her skinny. Her stomach later feels horrible and she relieves herself in an outhouse. The parasitic worm she ate had apparently laid eggs in her stomach and came out of in her diarrhea attack. Soon after, they are attacked by a crowd of poop-covered undead who emerge from the outhouse toilet Maki used. The group seeks refuge in the home of the strange Dr. Tanaka, who conducts experiments on the zombies and the parasites … and who has another fate in mind for the five strangers. Can Megumi’s karate help them escape, or will she have to rely on the liberating power of flatulence to defeat her demented captor?
Hubby downloaded this dreck and presented it to me full of pride about his wonderful geeky find in the treasure chest deep down in the depths of the darknet. It was hurtful to see the spark in his eyes glowing ever darker during the movie. 😦
Ok, if you read the synopsis you already know you’re in for a third rate shitshow, even less entertaining than the US presidential debates. And if you know what a heap of weird shit the director, Noboru Iguchi, usually makes you’ll know Zonbi Asu is even weirder and worserer. For usally his flicks are at least rated in IMDb’s lower 5 points zone while Zonbi Asu is stuck on an even lower 4.7.
And honestly, even as a conossieur of adolescent toilet jokes there is not much fun for you to find in this weirdo flick in which nothing seems to have been done right. Starting with the laughable script, totally unbelievable characters, bad acting, low-low production values, ridiculous CGI and puppetry and not even ending with that overall sense of uarrgs it leaves the audience with. Maybe if you’re a twelve y/o guy you might get some giggles out of Zonbi Asu; if you’re part of any other demographic you can forget about getting anything positive out of it.
I know that not everything coming out of Asian cinema is great. Particularly Japan has this unsavoury C-Movie culture of shamelessly fetish movies that’s far far more radical than all those wannabe “sexual education” flicks coming out of Germany and Sweden in the 60s and 70s. The Japanese, in typical fashion have perfected the art of perversion.
Anyway, knowing Noboru Iguchi, we know he’d fuck it up totally. He doesn’t even reach the low level of late 60s scandinavian schoolgirl porn flicks. We all know flicks that are so bad they are good again. Well … Zonbi Asu ain’t one of those. We all know movies that make you laugh unintentionally. Zonbi Asu ain’t one of those neither. And no, please nobody call this shit a “comedy”.
All that Zonbi Asu made us feel was the strong feeling of disgust, the overwhelming need to vomit. No, wait, not even that. The effects are too bad to physically invoke anything other than a huge question mark.
CONCLUSION: Zonbi Asu is a shitshow of the worst kind. It’s indeed a diarrhea show, quite literally. Best part of this movie is the Robert Rodrigues’ Grindhouse-inspired title sequence. This made me curious but soon my enthusiasm crumbled and faded away.
Watch it? NO! This flick isn’t even entertaining, despite all the right ingredients.
And no, the flick isn’t even half as funny or shocking or anything as the trailers suggest. 😦
Fresh outta the Japanese cinema sewer … it even smells like it. Don’t believe anything they’re writing in the announcements. Yes, the director is a madman, an ass-fetishist and he has the worst toilet-obsessed imagination, but a good filmmaker he is not!
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Oh yes, Zonbi Asu is unfortunately available on Netflix if you’re so inclined. 😦