Fantasia 2015: Deadman Inferno

It’s Yakuza against a zombie horde in Deadman Inferno. Former Yakuza boss Hiroya Munakata (Shô Aikawa) is a shell of his former self after surviving an assassination attempt ten years prior. Munakata’s friend and blood brother Takashi (Shingo Tsurumi) is released from prison and is ready to be reunited with his daughter Hinata (Maika Yamamoto), though he finds out that she and her friend Seira (Erina Mizuno) ran away to Zeni Island. Munakata and Takashi prepare to head to the island to get Hinata, but find out that it is swarming with zombies. To make matters worse, rival Yakuza have also made their way to the island.

Previous years have seen films that had Nazi zombies and zombies against cockney British gangsters, so why can’t there be a film that has zombies against Yakuza? Deadman Inferno is a Japanese horror-comedy that does just that. After taking a cocktail of drugs and cough syrup, a drug dealer becomes patient zero of a zombie outbreak, which quickly spreads across Zeni Island. However, the Yakuza are more than capable to fight back against the zombies, using everything from martial arts, to guns, to samurai swords.

Deadman Inferno is a quite enjoyable zombie film, which is full of much self-aware comedy. At its core, the film is a Yakuza crime story that just happens to involve zombies. In fact, the film features a primary human antagonist in the form, rival Yakuza, Sorimaci, who also comes to the island. The film features some great action and some gory and comedic zombie deaths. Those who like both zombie horror-comedy and Japanese action films will likely be happy with the entertaining combination presented within Deadman Inferno.

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  • Sat, July 25, 6:45 PM – Concordia Hall Theatre

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).