Dead Sushi – Japan, 2012

Dead Sushi (デッド寿司 Deddo sushi) is a 2012 Japanese comedy horror film directed by Noboru Iguchi.

The film involves 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.

Director and writer 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.The film contains a number of action sequences which Iguchi said he wanted to be more comedic than his previous films. Yoshihiro Nishimura contributed to the special effects in the film.

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‘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 crapy 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

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