The Eiga Fest is proud to show an extended, rarely-seen exclusive cut of the latest zombie epic from Yoshihiro Nishimura, the manic mind behind Tokyo Gore Police. An alien-spawned, mysterious mist blankets the northern half of Japan, transforming those inhale it into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies hell-bent on devouring the surviving human population. Plunged into chaos, Japan is torn in two – the southern half of the country, where the populace remains untouched by the deadly gas and lives behind a heavily-fortified wall, while the northern half is a lawless, zombie-infected wasteland. Political forces are locked in a stalemate over whether the living dead should remain protected as family members or exterminated like a plague. Hope arrives in the form of Kika (Yumiko Hara), a beautiful high school girl armed with a chainsaw sword powered by an artificial heart. Recruited by the government, Kika leads a ragtag group of desperados on a secret mission into the zombie-infected wilds to exterminate zombie queen Rikka (Eihi Shiina from Audition and Tokyo Gore Police) and put an end to the plague of the living dead.
Visionary filmmaker Yoshihiro Nishimura’s first solo directorial effort since Tokyo Gore Police is an epic, apocalyptic road movie featuring non-stop action and over-the-top splatter. The long-awaited realization of his dreams, Helldriver is Nishimura’s bid to create the ultimate zombie film.