DEAD SUSHI (2012) Reviews and overview

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‘The sushi bites back!’
Dead Sushi is a 2012 Japanese comedy horror film about Keiko, the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, who runs away from home when her Karate-style regimen becomes too severe. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is ridiculed by the eccentric staff and guests.

Directed by Noboru Iguchi (The Flowers of Evil; Ghost Squad; Slavemen; Zombie Ass: The Toilet of the Dead; Tomie Unlimited; Mutant Girls Squad; RoboGeisha; Machine Girl) from a screenplay co-written with Makiko Iguchi and Jun Tsugita.

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.

Keiko (Rina Takeda) 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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“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.”

“As much as I enjoyed myself, there did feel to be something lacking though. There still wasn’t the spark I felt with the first couple of Japanese splatter films I watched. Dead Sushi, although having the food aspect adding to the gross-out factor, isn’t nearly as gory as many of the other titles, which may be part of it. In general, it’s lighter in tone too, although I still wouldn’t recommend this to those of a nervous disposition.” Blueprint: Review

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” …if you enjoyed any of the recent Japanese splatter comedies like Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl or Mutant Girls Squad, this should be right up your alley. Of the Iguchi films I’ve seen, I’d say this feels closest to Robo Geisha in tone, though Dead Sushi is a bit more polished and accessible.” Manchester Morgue

“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.” 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 upbeat 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.” We Got This Covered

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