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Helldriver Region 1 DVD/Blu-Ray Out Soon

Sushi Typhoon effects guru Yoshihiro Nishimura’s directorial stab at the zombie sub-genre is going to be released on region 1 DVD/Blu-Ray combo on November 22nd, 2011.

According to its distributor, Well Go USA, the synopsis of the film is as follows:

A meteorite crashes into Japan, releasing a toxic ash that turns inhabitants in the northern half of the country into bloodthirsty zombies. Some time later, with the north now walled off from the rest of Japan, a young woman (Yumiko Hara) is charged with leading a group of ragtag soldiers into the infected region to kill the “zombie queen” (Shiina) – who also happens to be her homicidal mother.

Sounds like a film rife with “WTF?!?” moments.

For more detailed information about this release, check out the press release just below the bump.

From director Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl) comes the  epic, apocalyptic Zombie-fighting road movie Helldriver, featuring non-stop, over-the-top splatter action debuting on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and DVD November 22 from Well Go USA. The latest cult film from the prolific Japanese production company Sushi Typhoon, Helldriver takes place in a Japan where half the population has become not-so-sexy flesh eaters and the economy has gently withered away … until Kika (Yumiko Hara) arrives. A stunning high school girl armed with an artificial heart-powered chainsaw sword, she leads a motley crew of desperados on a secret mission into the zombie-infected wilds to exterminate zombie queen Rikka (Eihi Shiina, Tokyo Gore Police) and put an end to the plague of the living dead.

The extensive bonus features include three exclusive short films set within the Helldriver universe: Helldriver Dokata (directed by Helldriver First Assistant Director Jun Shiozaki),   Catch Me If You Can! (directed by Lighting Director Hiroshi Ota), and  Bailout! (directed by poster designer Yoshiki Takahashi). Additional added value includes an in-depth interview with the Japanese splatter king himself, Yoshihiro Nishimura and two behind-the-scenes featurettes: “The Making of Helldriver,” directed by Helldriver actor Demo Tanaka that not only details the making of the film, but also the literally hellish conditions under which the film was shot (two-week shooting schedule, bad weather) and  “Sushi Typhoon: Tokyo Invasion!,” featuring interviews with many of the Sushi Typhoon team while launching the Sushi Typhoon festival, where four films were screened for a month in the Ginza area of Tokyo.  Helldriver will be available in the Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack for $29.98 SRP and on DVD for $24.98 SRP.

Bonus Features Include:

§  Director Interview with Yoshihiro Nishimura

§  “The Making of Helldriver” featurette

§  “Sushi Typhoon: Tokyo Invasion!” featurette

§  Short Films

o   Helldriver Dokata

o   Catch Me If You Can!

o   Bailout!

§  Trailers

Helldriver has a runtime of approximately 114 minutes and is not rated.

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