Horror and comedy sit nicely together, often in a morbid sort of way, but if you can’t have a laugh at the frailty of the human condition then what can you laugh at? Tokyo Zombie, as you may have gathered from the title, pokes a comedic stick at the zombie genre. Predating Shaun of the Dead in its initial Japanese version, it focuses on a pair of wannabe martial artists who, after accidentally killing their factory boss and burying him at the foot of Mount Fuji, find he and other corpses rising from the dead thanks to pollution from a bizarre chemical factory. Zombie apocalypse follows and society takes a few steps backward as the ruling classes bring back gladiatorial arenas, pitting zombies against slaves. Which leaves our heroes, who weren’t quite savvy enough to end up on the right side of the arena walls, thanking their lucky stars that they’re trained to defend themselves.
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