Even with a relatively low budget, Japanese horror films such as this one have an abundance of style. "Junk" opens in a familiar way. Well, familiar if you've seen Zombie 3. Pretty much the same goings on here with a few significant differences. When I was first told about this, it was described to me as "the Japanese Zombie 3". Yeah there's the opening scene and a few other things as well but believe me "Junk" is its own entity. The military is behind all of the experiments that led to the incidents (of course) that opened the film and now they need some help to cope before it all gets out of control. They turn to Doctor Nakata. He was originally one of the inspirations for the creation of the serum that brings the dead back to life, called DNX, but with its dangerous properties and the militarise misuse of his creation, he decided to leave it all behind and go for a "normal life."
On the other side of the film, we have four small time crooks don masks and steal over 100 million yen from a classy jewelry store. They've worked out a plan to fence the jewels for cash, courtesy of a big-time yakuza kingpin, at some abandoned military site in the countryside. This is, of course, the same place where the resurrection experiments have been taking place. As we learn in another plot thread, the scientist originally responsible for this whole mess is now being drafted to go back and clean up the mess--by setting off a bomb that will level the building and everything around it. The jewelry deal goes sour, and the four thugs are about to get riddled with bullets when the zombies stagger in. Evidently our gangster friends have not seen enough zombie movies, and so they waste ridiculous amounts of ammo on torso shots.
"Junk" doesn't rise much above delivering the basics--zombies, violence, gore--but I had to smile at a few of the clever moments, as when the "queen zombie" keeps on coming despite having been sliced in half with a shovel. On the minus side, there's a subplot involving a used-car dealer that plays out like a shaggy-dog story, and the English-speaking characters have some of the most wooden dialogue and acting imaginable. It doesn't help that the scientist, who is Japanese, speaks such thickly-accented English that his dialogue is close to incomprehensible. Movies like this are critic-proof. They exist to deliver action, blood, and surprises, and the people who want to see them will see them without me needing to recommend them. That said, I should point out that "Junk" belongs near the bottom of a list of such movies, the sort of thing you only rent after you've already seen/own a couple of classics.