Popular horror director Yoshisaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll) served as head writer on this 1995 feature. Komada and Koshigaya are scientists—and Bio Hunters, agents who battle the Demon Virus that causes humans to mutate into weird monsters. Komada has contracted the virus, but something in his immune system enables him to control his transformations. When Komada rescues Sayaka Murakami, the granddaughter of a famed psychic, from a gang of thugs, he unwittingly pits the Bio Hunters against the powerful politician Seijuro Tabe. The partners discover that Tabe is actually the horrible monster that’s been roaming Tokyo, killing young women and eating their livers. He’s no longer human, but a corpse possessed by the devil. The final battle pits Komada in his monster form against the tentacles and fanged jaws of the possessed Tabe, although Koshigaya administers the coup de grace. A well-directed, violent entertainment, Bio Hunter suffers from a disjointed story: the link between Tabe’s possession and the Demon Virus is never established. The ending suggests that the film may have been intended as a pilot, as Koshigaya declares the Bio Hunters’ dedication to the ongoing battle against the Virus. Bio Hunter is not for viewers with weak stomachs. Not rated; suitable only for ages 18 and up for nudity, sex, violence, cannibalism, grotesque imagery, and violence against women.
About BioHunter (1995)
Starring: Barbara Goodson, Toshihiko Seki, Andrew Philpot, Matt McKenzie, John DeMita, Kazuhiko Inoue, Ryûzaburô Ôtomo, Chikao Ohtsuka, John Hostetter, Sherry Lynn, Mike Reynolds, Tarô Ishida, Yûko Minaguchi, Rei Igarashi, Barry Stigler, Jamie Hanes, Issei Miyazaki, Takehiro Murozono, Daiki Nakamura, Mizuki Otsuka, Yu Shimaka, Matt K. Miller
Director: Yûzô Satô