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Director Yoshihiro Nishimura began working on the script to Helldriver in 2009. Nishimura took influence from George A. Romero's film Night of the Living Dead which dealt with current events. Nishimura stated that there was "quite a lot of satire and social criticism in this film...I describe what ensues after the nation splits in two, with humans controlling one half and zombies the other, and the kind of discrimination that would occur within Japan were something severe like this to happen."[1]
On May 15, 2010 Helldriver began filming in an abandoned warehouse in Choshi, Japan.Other scenes involving hordes of zombies were filmed outside Mt.Fuji.



Helldriver had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas on September 28, 2010.[2] It was also an Official Selection at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in 2010, the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2011, the Calgary International Film Festival in 2011 and Montreal's Fantasia International Festival in 2011.[3]
The film had its theatrical release in Japan on July 23, 2011.[2] The screening of Helldriver at the New York Japan Society in April 2011 was a benefit in aid for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Film Business Asia gave the film a six out of ten rating, calling it a "average-to-occasionally-inspired effort" that was not as strong as Nishimura's Tokyo Gore Police but better than Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl. The review went on to say that the film "suffers from the perennial problem with all zombie movies: the creatures have only one way of attacking and the heroes have only one way of killing — which soon becomes repetitive unless there's an interesting story or characters."[2] The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a negative review, stating that "Even for a genre film, the storyline is negligible" and the "action choreography is run-of-the-mill."[5] The review went on to praise the make-up in the film, stating that "Nishimura put tender loving care into image and costume design...Even "walk-ons" have distinct facial features and expressions
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DirectorYoshihiro Nishimura
Screen WriterYoshihiro Nishimura, Daichi Nagisa
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Believe or not, Yoshihiro Nishimura has received several nominations for “Best Asian film” and “Best Make Up” in international and Japanese film awards for “Tokyo Gore Police”. I know, most of you are probably wondering as to how and why, but buy into it or not, there is an insane amount of novelty when it comes to Japanese splatter fests. Released under the Typhoon Label, and aimed for the international low-budget gore fans, those who are familiar with “Tokyo …
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Yoshihiro Nishimura returns after his Japanese cult hits "Tokyo Gore Police" and "Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl". This is not a film for everyone, but it is the type of film that would attract fans of Japanese "Pink" violence as it overloads the senses with gooey, goofy, bloody zombie fights that would either make one shake their head or clap in guilty pleasure.      Not to be taken seriously and Not a film for everyone.   …
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