Directed by: Yoshihiro Nishimura
Written by: Yoshihiro Nishimura
Stars: Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss... read more

Year: 1995
Genrer: Cyberpunk, Horror, SciFi, Short
Run time: 54 minutes
My rating: 2.5 out of 5

Here we have one of the earlier works of Yoshihiro Nishimura, I have enjoyed many of his movies and many movies that he have participated on, be it special effects or just an influence so it was pretty exciting to see what he was up to before he put his FX skills into Rubbers Lover

After Anatomia Extinction it would take nine years before a written project from Yoshihiro would come to be a film and then after a cuple of years  it exploded and Japan got a broad international distribution of mindbending, insane, comedyinduced splattermovies with Yoshihiro and Noburu being the biggest names in the genre.

Although Anatomia Extinction divert itself from the coming attractions in middle of 2000 and forward you can clearly see some hints of what is to become Tokyo Gore Police but let´s start from the beginning, we follow a nameless man who seem to be stressed up, paranoid and not dealing to well with being in a crowd. One day in the subway a transvetite starts to flirt with him, this causes him to panic and he starts to run from the situation but gets in the hands of the engineer instead, the engineer inserts a piece of him into the man who slowly starts to mutate and goes on a killing spree.

What you will recognize from what is to become Tokyo Gore Police is mainly the engineer who works in the same way in this one but with a minimal screentime and no keys, the mutationeffects, the hints of how society breeds murderers and the disliking of the policestate even though there are no deeper explanations in this movie apart from the theory of rats and humans and why the engineers are roaming on a killing spree.

The things that makes this a movie that separates itself from the future films is the whole feeling of it and how it´s made, it´s more cyberpunklike, stripped down, raw and without the sense of humour you can find in his later works. Anatomia Extinction feels more akin to movies like Tetsuo and 964 Pinocchio with hints from Cronenbergs work.

There is no name to any of the characters and there is hardly any dialogue and I guess that you would appreciate this more if you have seen Tokyo Gore Police before this one, I´m almost certain that it is so in my case, but from now one I will start with Anatomia then Tokyo Gore Police for the reason that they both explain different things in the engineeringsubject.

It´s a great work for being one of his earlier movies and it´s actually a great work in general so everyone that like his movies from Meatball Machine and forward should take check this one out if you haven´t already. On the negative side, it´s only about 50 minutes long.


Produced by: Yoshihiro Nishimura
Cinematography by: Yûji Kojima, Yoshihiro Nishimura
Editing by: Yoshihiro Nishimura
Special Effects by: Yoshihiro Nishimura
Music by: Osamu Mizukami
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Color: Color
Runtime: 54min

Distributor: Nishimura Feature Productions