KIDS POLICE And HENTAI KAMEN Director Tackles Tokusatsu! Watch The JOSHI ZU Teaser!

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
2013 was something of a coming out year for Japanese writer-director Fukuda Yuichi. It's not like people didn't know who he was at home - a string of popular TV shows meant he was already well in the public eye there - but 2013 say Fukuda move from TV to feature films in a big way with three titles hitting Japanese screens, two of which - Kids Police and Hentai Kamen - hitting the festival circuit where they won a loyal following and more than a few awards.

Fukuda's an odd one, a talented writer and director with an obvious fondness for goofy slapstick who blends that tendency with a legitimate talent for character and surprisingly complex storytelling. Both Kids Police and Hentai Kamen were films that should have been little more than single joke affairs stretched thin and that neither were - both are remarkably well made - is entirely down to Fukuda's skills.

And now he's wading into the world of Japanese masked heroes and he's bringing his characteristic style with him. Fukuda's next is a film titled Joshi Zu, a film that brings together five women as a new superhero team. Here's the synopsis, as translated by AsianWiki:

To battle a malicious monster, five women are gathered in front of Commander Charles against their will. The five women are selected because they each have a family name that represents a color. The five women are filled with doubts about what they are able to do collectively, but they go up against the monster using their lethal technique "Women Tornado". The five women can only use the "Women Tornado" when they are all gathered together. 
Yep, he's making a 'Women Tornado' and the freshly released teaser showcases plenty of the style and wry touches that made us such fans of his earlier work. Check it out below.

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  • Gilbert Li

    Can someone translate what the guy on the subway is saying at the end of the teaser? Actually, if someone can translate the whole teaser that would be awesome.

  • Marc

    His purloining of the career of Noboru Iguchi - at a significantly higher budget - seems to be continuing.

  • I sincerely wish Iguchi would make something as clever as Kids Police. He's got it in him, problem is he'd spend the whole time staring at the kids' asses ... And I'll Give It My All Tomorrow is nothing at all like anything Iguchi's ever done. Personally I put Fukuda somewhere between Iguchi and Kudo Kankuro based on his output so far.

  • Marc

    We'll have to disagree on that one.

  • Zeto

    Oh, yessss!

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