Undertaker (2012) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Naoyoshi Kawamatsu
Starring: Yoshito Kobashigawa, Tomoka Asano, Yuina Kumakura
RATED: UR/REGION O/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Synapse Films
A deadly virus outbreak is turning the people of Japan into flesh-eating zombies. The government intervenes, trying to separate the survivors from the infected. Ryouichi, a young boy who has his family and friends destroyed by the undead infestation, becomes an assistant to an Undertaker… a person hired by families to kill loved ones who’ve been turned. Armed with a modified shovel and a bag, Ryouichi roams the ruins of Japan killing zombies and collecting body parts to prove to grieving families that their infected loved ones are now at peace.
This is just the type of indie Japanese horror movie that I grew up really being into. This is a simple story and that might be the only bad thing I have to say about it. It clocks in at barely an hour long and seems pretty straight and to the point as we drop in with our main character and what he does for a short time before we’re already done. But outside of that statement about it, I really dig this one while we have it. It starts off with an eerie vibe and it continues that one as we follow our lead who is basically putting people out of their misery by killing them when they turn into zombies for their family members. He’s also suffering from some sorta odd PTSD style illness himself. But we get some very gnarly looking infected/zombies to look at along the way and the effects and gore here are pretty top-notch and some might not expect that.
The movie is also telling a simple story about a very complex issue and uses what it had around it to really make something out of nothing in some cases. The movie features things happening in malls and we even have a quick flashback to the lead in that mall when it was busy, which I assume was shot in a gorilla form. I dig that a whole lot and I dig this one from the tone to the look. It looks like a shot on video movies in a lot of ways but it is still very much in HD. I suppose that’s the ratio it was shot in but whatever it is I’ve seen others like it from Japan and it adds to the overall atmosphere of it and the same can be said here. If you’ve never seen Undertaker and you enjoy a good Japanese horror film with some moments of cool gore you’ll really want to check this one out.
– Farewell to the Precious: The Making of UNDERTAKER
– On Your Back – Original Short Film
– Deleted Scenes
– Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery
– English subtitles
Quality of Transfer: 88%