Well Go USA Entertainment has revealed the box art and a few images from their upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of the Tak Sakaguchi/Yûdai Yamaguchi-directed sci-fi action thriller Yakuza Weapon. Co-directed by Sakaguchi and Yudai Yamaguchi, who previously worked together on the likes of Battlefield Baseball and Cromartie High School, the film is another Sushi Typhoon production, which gives you an idea of the kind of craziness to be expected. Based on the manga by Ken Ishikawa (Cutie Honey, Getter Robot), Yakuza Weapon also features action choreography by Versus and Death Trance veteran Yuji Shimomura and special effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura, the mad genius behind Tokyo Gore Police and his own recent entry Helldriver.
As you can see by the images, Yakuza Weapon looks like it’s going to be another instant cult classic for fans of the genre. Tak Sakaguchi has directed cult imports such as Mutant Girls Squad and Samurai Zombie, while Yûdai Yamaguchi is responsible for Ten Nights of Dreams, the TV series The Great Horror Family and others. For them to team up on the sci-fi action fantasy Yakuza Weapon, means that the movie will be laden with over-the-top bloody set pieces that fans won’t be able to get out of their heads for quite some time.
Yakuza Weapon stars Dennis Gunn, Cay Izumi, Shinji Kasahara, Mei Kurokawa, Akaji Maro, Jun Murakami, Yui Murata, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Takashi Nishina, Hiroshi Ohmori, Jyonmyon Pe, Akihiko Sai, co-director Sakaguchi, Kentarô Shimazu, Shingo Tsurumi and Marc Walkow.
We won’t know until we get the Yakuza Weapon review copy, but the images below seem to point in the direction of over-the-top blood splatter and sci-fi humor, so check’em out.
Yakuza Weapon hits Blu-ray and DVD next week, on February 7, 2012.