Monday, June 2, 2008
Troma's "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D" (1991)
Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. is another one of Troma's classic films. What stands out about this film is that Lloyd Kaufman did it this time without the onslaught of grotesque gore, constant nudity, and disgusting gags. While those things are surely present in this film, it's definitely not to the degree as it is in their other films that rank near the top of their filmography, like The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke 'Em High, Terror Firmer, and their newest masterpiece, Poultrygeist.
That said, this film is a well told, albeit silly, story about a NYPD detective that becomes empowered by the spirit of a great Kabuki master. Kabukiman NYPD is an achievement from the Troma team. Kabukiman went on to be a notable Troma character alongside Toxie. In fact, Kabukiman reprised his role in the fourth Toxic Avenger film, Citizen Toxie. This film also was when they shot the daring car flip plus explosion scene that was reused as stock footage in films like Tromeo and Juliet, Poultrygeist, and others. That has since become a running joke among Troma and their fans.
This film has enough funny moments to keep you entertained. Make sure you watch the directors cut as it's far more entertaining than the tamer PG-13 cut of the film. If you like Lloyd Kaufman and Troma films, you won't be disappointed.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS