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Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He contributed several essays to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011). Jon lives in San Francisco, but wishes he was back in Japan where he lived for seven years.

Karate Robo Zaborgar Set to Launch in 2011

Do robots launch?  For the sake of this news item they do.  Sushi Typhoon has been upping the ante of hype for the latest project, Karate Robo Zaborgar, by versatile director Noboru Iguchi , best known for his 2008 splatter comedy The Machine Girl.  Not only was a poster released for Karate Robo Zaborgar (left) just last month, but the Japanese website has also just launched, complete with not one, but two faux in-film character Twitter feed so you can read the two characters yammering on back and forth all day on your iPhone (if you read Japanese, that is).

Karate Robo Zaborgar is a take on Denjin Zaborgar, a fairly popular Japanese tokusatsu TV show which was not dissimilar to other shows of its kind such as Ultraman and Kamen Rider.  However, that Iguchi is directing the project and his merry band of cast members including  comedian Itsuji Itao (Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge, 2007), character actor Naoto Takenaka (Shall We Dance?, 1996) , and muses Cay Izumi (Tokyo Gore Police, 2008) and Asami (The Machine Girl) are also involved means that there are plenty of opportunities for piss takes on the genre.  Hopefully, Iguchi will keep the blood, oil, and laughs flowing on this production as he has with others in the past.

No trailer has been released just yet, but a couple of short action sequences were released in the Sushi Typhoon promo reel (below; the sequences occur at 01:00 – 01:05) earlier this year so we assume they are still relevant to what the final product will look like.

Karate Robo Zaborgar is scheduled to be released in 2011.

Sources: Twitch, jasongray

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