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Tokyo Gore Police

The title sums up this Japanese sci-fi splatter flick, notable for its bizarre dismemberments and quivering piles of flesh and entrails. A privatized police force does nonstop battle with roving bands of genetically altered criminals, known as Engineers, whose wounds mutate into disturbingly weird weaponry. The cops keep an upper hand thanks to a stylish, sword-wielding police hottie (Eihi Shiina), but her ruthless pursuit and destruction of the mutants is checked when she uncovers a possible link between herself and the evil genius behind them. There's some pointed political and social satire, though the grisly effects make it hard to see this as anything more than an exercise in envelope pushing. Yoshihiro Nishimura directed. In Japanese with subtitles. 110 min.

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