Naoyuki Tomomatsu's Zombie Self-Defense Force (Zonbi jieitai) - a.k.a. "Zombie Jieitai" - is scheduled to be screened at the 2006 Fantasia Festival in Montr√©al on Monday July 24th at 7:30 p.m.. The movie was previously screened at Dead by Dawn 2006 in Edinburgh on April 23rd. GP Museum Soft K.K. (K.K. GP My√ªjiamu Sofuto) released it on sale DVD (DMSM-6652; NTSC, region 2, no subtitles) in Japan on April 25th.
The screenplay for Zombie Self-Defense Force was written by Tomomatsu and Chisato √îgawara. The movie's cast includes Miy√ª Watase, Hisakatsu √îya, Jun Yamasaki, Shun Saeki, Mihiro, Kenji Arai, Y√ªya Takayama, Masayuki Hase, Kiyo Yoshizawa, Eriko Nagamine, and Y√ª Machimura.
Here's a description of Zombie Self-Defense Force from the Fantasia Festival website: "It's an ordinary day in the Japanese countryside - a day of sightseeing for tourists, photo shoots for a pop-star model and her crew, routing training for a squad of JSDF soldiers, treachery for an adulterous couple and sudden murder for gangsters. Everything changes, though, when a UFO crashes and releases some form of strange radiation. Confusion turns to sheer terror and the grim, blood-soaked will to survive when the dead rise and attack the living in a mindless cannibalistic frenzy! Soon, the soldiers and a handful of civilians are holed up in a secluded hotel, surrounded by the zombie hordes. There are other dark secrets at work, though. One soldier, Yuri, has been having sudden, painful flashbacks to a mysterious operating room, and there's that spooky legend about the ghostly, ultra-patriotic Japanese soldier from WWII lurking in a local cave... ¬∂ ZOMBIE SELF-DEFENSE FORCE opens with a sarcastic, faux-fascist voiceover dismissing heinous wartime history, demanding the reinstatement of a true Japanese military and vilifying the USA. Or American militarism, at least - the Yanks, after all, gave the worl[d] hamburgers, rock 'n' roll and, of course, the beloved filmography of George A. Romero! Consider this a companion piece to TOKYO ZOMBIE, also screening at Fantasia this year. But where TOKYO ZOMBIE is a wry farce toying cleverly with zombie-movie traditions, ZOMBIE SELF-DEFENSE FORCE is a gleeful, lo-fi leap into lurid lore of the living dead, now unquestionably a global pop-culture phenomenon. And don't tell us that flying, cackling undead fetus isn't just the most adorable little thing you ever saw!"
Tomomatsu's other directing credits include Heisei bushid√¥: haken zamurai, Odoru yakuza: kumich√¥ wa, watashi!?, Death Penalty Female Prisoner Saori (Akai tej√¥: shikeish√ª Saori) - a.k.a. "Red Handcuffs: Condemned Prisoner Saori" - Stacy, and Eat the School Girl: Osaka Telephone Club (Kogyaru-gui: √îsaka terekura hen).
Fantasia Festival: Zombie Self-Defense Force
ScreenAnarchy: Zombie Self-Defense Force review
Zombie Self-Defense Force trailer (streaming RealMedia)
Zombie Self-Defense Force official webpage
Zombie Self-Defense Force Japanese rental DVD cover (192 KB JPEG)
Heisei bushid√¥: haken zamurai trailer (downloadable 8.3 MB WMV file)
Heisei bushid√¥: haken zamurai official webpage
Odoru yakuza: kumich√¥ wa, watashi!? official webpage
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Death Penalty Female Prisoner Saori official webpage
Eat the School Girl: Osaka Telephone Club trailer (downloadable 7.7 MB MOV file)