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Junk (1999)

Cast: Kaori Shimamura, Kaori Shimamura
Director: Atsushi Muroga, Atsushi Muroga
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Unearthed
Genre: Action, Foreign, Horror, Japan, Zombies, Killer Critters, Yakuza, Asian Horror, Kaiju Eiga
Running Time: 83 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Japanese horror films are becoming increasingly popular among cinephiles. Perhaps more accessible to Western audiences than such decidedly more Japanese efforts as Kairo and Uzumaki, due in part to the influences it draws from, Junk does offer a few original touches in terms of both gender roles and the intelligence of it's undead. Whether it be a female getaway driver who is more willing than her male partner to drive headlong into a horde of zombies or a prototype female zombie whose strength and abilities exceed that of five men, director Atsushi Muroga's refreshing reversal of traditional roles and refusal to take the proceedings too seriously make for a movie ten times as entertaining as the majority of recent stateside efforts. For those who associate subtitled foreign films with deliberate storytelling, Junk will certainly shatter those preconceptions with gleeful abandon. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Language: Japanese, German; Subtitles: ENGLISH Cast: Kaori Shimamura, Osamu Ebara, Nobuyuki Asano, Gouta Tate, Natsuki Ozawa; Director: Atsushi Muroga; Features: Letterboxed; Stereo; Photo Gallery; Trailers

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Stunk! by DLewis1 November 10, 2006 - 5:52 PM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The makers of Junk tell you what you're getting right in the title. I guess they were trying to describe the corpses that get left behind, they're junk. It's never really explained. It must be me, but I've yet to see a straight-forward Japanese horror film and I doubt they exist. Honestly, Junk could have been worse, but not by much. I think the problem here is that there's no one to root for. The "heroes" of the story are criminals so naturally, I can identify with them....wait, no I can't! So, when the green goo (quite original) reanimates the corpses, I can't really say "Gosh, I hope the good guys win." It's worth your time on a rainy day, but if you're going to invest in a Japanese zombie movie, rent Versus. It's a touch better, though not by much.

Holy Moly - what a mess by Tpfau714 December 1, 2003 - 3:41 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Being a fan of many Japanese, Horror, and Zombie flicks, it seemed that Junk would be a slam duck. Unfortunately, not all Japanese zombie horror movies are equal, and this one is a mess. Acting can be somewhat overlooked in most movies in this genre, so I'm forgiving of the weakness in that area. But, of the things that matter: plotlines, style, and of course the gore-factor, this movie had some serious problems. The action and special effects seem amaturish, the plot is held together by a shoestring (almost as if it was merely there to showcase the horror elements of the movie), the scares are down to a minimum. In general, not very enjoyable for a fan of the genre. Do yourself a favor and rent "Versus" -- it's a far more enjoyable flick.

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