Watched this Japanese zombie flick today called I Am a Hero (2015)
. IMO, this is an overlooked genre gem - featuring a reluctant hero trapped in splatter heaven. Train to Busan
ain't got nothing on this dark horse. All in all, this is the most zombie fun I've had in a long time. Surprisingly, none of the horror regulars here (ChrisR, Mighty, et.al.) have checked this one out yet - hopefully, this sad state of affairs will soon change...
Btw, I advise against watching the trailer as it gives away too much.
In case you want a second opinion, here goes:
As for the gore, there are no limits, so we get superfluous eye gougings and all. In bloodiness it's the bastard child of Dawn of the Dead and Evil Dead 2. And the diversity of zombies is fantastic here, most of them half reverting into regular behaviour when there are no living people nearby, and some start muttering or even singing. They look creepy too, as if their design-DNA has as much Ito Junji flavor in it as it has Hanazawa Kengo flavor. Most films get by with a "hero zombie" or two (think Bub in Day of the Dead or Tar Man in Return of the Living Dead), but here there are many, many zombies which become memorable characters. "What's up with that one?" Hideo asks a fellow survivor at one point, referring to a particularly bizarre corpse spider-crawling around. The reply he gets: "I don't know, some of them do not make sense". That's funny, but also disquieting, and eerier the longer you think about it.
I Am A Hero is epic, gory, funny, poignant, and very very creepy at times. The only reason Romero's Dawn of the Dead is better, is because that film provided the base for the entire genre, tropes and all, and this film obviously uses it as a template. But I Am A Hero uses that template well, and it's winwinwin all the way. There is something you want to see when you go to a zombie film, and this one provides it. It's rare to see expectations surpassed this fully on all fronts.
Audiences in Amsterdam thought so too and awarded the film a score of 8.3 out of 10, making it end in the Top-5 of that festival, something I fully agree with. For a film in this sub-genre, in these film-zombie-infested times, I find that pretty damn amazing.