As part of Movie City Tokyo, FilmInFocus looks at a list of 10 diverse movies shot in Japan’s capital by Western filmmakers.
Slide 8: The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989)
Five years on from the surprise success of The Toxic Avenger (1984), the eponymous mutant superhero from Tromaville, New Jersey returned to the big screen for his second outing, and this time found a battle to fight in Tokyo, of all places. Directed by Troma boss Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, who also co-helmed the original movie, the sequel sees Toxie (Ron Fazio) travel to Japan in search of his father, but inevitably finds evil to “mop up” while he is in Tokyo. Like You Only Live Twice before it, the film does not shy away from Japanese stereotypes, so Toxie follows in Bond's footsteps by coming into contact with sumo wrestlers and ninjas - and, of course, dispatching them with relative ease. As this is a genre movie made by lovers of genre movies, there is also an affectionate homage to Godzilla, while cult, envelope-pushing writer and manga artist Go Nagai has a cameo. Another gore- and fun-filled sequel, The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, was also released in 1989, after the originally conceived follow-up to the first Toxie movie ran four hours so had to be split into two films.