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Fantasia 2012 review: Dead Sushi [Recommended]

Dead-SushiDead Sushi (2012)
Director: Noboru Iguchi ; Screenplay: Jun Tsugita, Noboru Iguchi
Cast: Rina Takeda, Shigeru Matsuzaki, Kentaro Shimazu, Takashi Nishina, Asami

Noboru Iguchi is the fucking man! Who else could think up of all the crazy stuff that went on in this movie? Dead sushi is a total riot of laughs, action and randomness. It’s self aware and exaggerated and tons of fun to watch, especially with a captive movie audience like the one at Fantasia. Then there’s that kissing scene involving a raw egg yolk which was totally gross and yet I couldn’t stop watching.

Leading lady and karate master Rina Takeda kicks lots of ass. Often quite literally in rapid succession much to the displeasure of snobbish know-nothing sushi eaters. She also kicks dead sushi as well but she’s not without compassion as she encounters one non-evil dead sushi named “eggy” who receives a kiss from Takeda at one point.

The effects are cheesy and amateurish but totally complement the general tone of the movie. The only real flaw is a previously unknown ability suddenly revealing itself conveniently in time to defeat the army of dead (and flying) sushi. Chances are you won’t notice because you’ll be having too much fun. Dead Sushi is easily one of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen in years.

It should come as no surprise that Montreal was host to the World premiere of Dead Sushi. In fact, I remember Iguchi stating during last year’s Q&A after Karate Robo Zaborgar (a movie I liked a lot as well) that he would premiere his next movie in Montreal, so he really is a man of his word. Having Iguchi and Takeda along with the music composer and one of the producers in attendance for a Q&A was also delightful and funny.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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