Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fever Dreams/ Media Blasters goes from gore to kaiju with "Death Kappa"

by Chris MaGee

If you thought production company Fever Dreams only brought us splatter fest's like Noboru Iguchi's "The Machine Girl" and Yoshihiro Nishimura's "Tokyo Gore Police" think again. According to Todd Brown over at Twitch the company that churns out those made-to-order gore films for U.S.-based company Media Blasters and Tokyo Shock are now going to be churning out a monster movie, namely a kaiju twist on the mythical water spirit called the kappa.

"Death Kappa" is being helmed by Tomoo Haraguchi, special effects engineer for such films as Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Air Doll" and Shinya Tsukamoto's "Bullet Ballet", and will eschew CGI eye wizardry for good old fashioned miniature models and I'm assuming rubber suit effects and puppet animation to have the kappa smash his way through Tokyo. Haraguchi doesn't make that specific, but as he's hauling around scale models of cars and such in the intro video posted at Twitch we can only assume that someone is going to be throwing these around.

The whole concept for "Death Kappa" makes sense for a Fever Dreams/ Merdia Blasters production: take a special effects wizard, like they did previously with Nishimura, and give his imagination free reign to come up with the campiest, goriest story imaginable that can then be passed off as Japanese product in the North America. What better than a spoof of old kaiju films that even Haraguchi admits in the video that aren't really being made in Japan anymore. What's next for Fever Dreams/ Media Blasters? I can only assume some kind of yakuza film... or god forbid pinku eiga!

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