Dead Sushi – Japan, 2012 – overview and reviews

 


‘Hot wasabi action!’

Dead Sushi is a 2012 Japanese comedy horror feature film directed by Noboru Iguchi (Ghost Squad; Zombie Ass: The Toilet of the Dead; Tomie Unlimited; Mutant Girls Squad; Machine Girl) from a screenplay co-written with Makiko Iguchi and Jun Tsugita. The original title is デッド寿司 aka Deddo sushi.

Director Noboru Iguchi decided to work on a film after the film Piranha 3D (2010) was popular in Japan. Iguchi was also influenced by the film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes by the idea of food attacking people. Yoshihiro Nishimura contributed to the special effects in the film.

Plot:

Keiko (Rina Takeda) who is the daughter of a famous sushi chef. She leaves home to an inn where she is bullied by the president of Komatsu Pharmaceuticals. A Komatsu researcher arrives intent on revenge by creating a serum that turns fish on rice into killer sushi. Keiko teams up with the former sushi chef Sawada to fight off the creatures…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Mercifully, Iguchi strips off the brakes on Dead Sushi, treating the endeavor as one long rocket ride to ridiculousness, electing a cartoon tone that emphasizes exaggerated facial reactions and over-the-top violence, setting a mood of relentless mischief that aids in the digestion of a few of the wilder gore zone set pieces.” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

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“Noboru Iguchi readily leaps off into the absurd with no apparent limits on how ridiculous a film he is prepared to pull off. We get hordes of sushi flying around in attack mode. Humans are infected by what they have eaten, including one character with his face in a twisted mess and another turned into a salmon headed man who comes after the heroine with an axe at the climax.” Richard Scheib, Moria


 
“Though the comic dialogue lacks zing and most perfs are pitched too high even for this type of nonsense, Takeda tones it down nicely and impressively kicks the butts of sleazy corporate types and seafood. Effects are super-cheesy; other tech work is passable.” Variety

“Maybe it helped that a character exclaimed “this is becoming increasingly ridiculous” a few minutes before a school of sushi assembled together to form a crappy looking CGI sushi-battleship. There’s an extra degree of self-awareness that makes it all easier to swallow. That these less then stellar FX are complimented by, if not convincing (phantom punches abound), at least creative fight choreography, also make it more palatable.” TwitchFilm

“Delivered in the most sarcastically up-beat and schlockishly scripted manner, this food-fighting B-Movie emits the savory aroma of off-the-wall samurai-sushi brutality to draw viewers in, oozing even more bizarre horror humor than promised with every savory bite. Take your story and shove it – Dead Sushi is all about cinematic fun coupled with a world class chef’s worst nightmare.” Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

Main cast and characters:

  • Rina Takeda … Keiko
  • Kentarô Shimazu … Yamada
  • Takamasa Suga … Nosaka
  • Takashi Nishina … Mr. Hanamaki
  • Asami … Yumi Hanamaki
  • Yui Murata … Miss Enomoto

Trivia:

Last end credit: ‘No sushi were harmed in the making of this motion picture – Noburu Iguchi’

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