Review: Dead Sushi


When it comes to the wild and wonderful the Japanese are in a league of their own. The sheer amount of bold ideas in any of these films is truly brilliant. We often wonder how on earth some of these are ever brought to life and have to come to a simple conclusion, the writers get an idea, no matter how off the chain, no matter how high on acid it may seem and its produced. Granted this can end up in some absolute clangers and my god have we had to endure some serious drivel, however if like us you are familiar with Noburo Iguchi's previous work you can expect more of the same and Dead Sushi delivers just as wacky a plate as all of its predecessors.

Keiko is the daughter of a famous sushi chef, an honorary skill to have in Japan. He believes that Keiko's sushi making skills are quite frankly shit and lets her know on a regular basis just how poor they are. She decides to run away and finds an inn to work for. Here she stays as a servant. A group of workers from Komatsu Pharmaceuticals come to the inn for some rest and some serious sushi eating. If only they knew that one of the Komatsu researchers arrives with one thing in mind, to create a serum that turns the delicious treats into ravaging sushi with a severe appetite for flesh. It's up to Keiko and the sushi chef of the inn to fight the flying sushi monsters.

Sounds ridiculous right? Well it is, and if you thought it would be anything less then you purchased the wrong DVD! The one element that makes Dead Sushi shine is comedy, it would be hard to make a film about killer sushi and not make it bat shit crazy. The sushi itself is hilarious, from the way it flies around seeking its victims to the little noises they make. Now to put it in to perspective of just how crazy things get, at one point two pieces of sushi mate and as a result thousands of baby sushi's are born, there's a battleship sized sushi with fully equipped sushi launchers and not to mention the sushi zombies themselves. They are just the few elements I can remember, Dead Sushi really is a surreal experience and once it's over you may possibly question your own sanity. Let me put your mind at ease, you did just watch a movie about flying sushi with little teeth, that eats people.

As is true with all of the Japanese wild cards the pacing of the films can be sporadic, one minute you can't keep up with what's happening on screen, the next you're sitting through 40 minutes of padding. Which is ok if the padding is interesting enough to keep the flow of the film but unfortunately this for me is where Dead Sushi loses a little of its charm. The first 30-40 minutes are just that, there are a few scenes that help along the way but really it's just biding time until the latter half of the film.

As you can imagine gore and effects come in many shapes and sizes, deaths are unique and when the gore does come it is all enjoyable, in a genuinely funny way. Some of the sushi show downs are truly engrossing and once the pace of the film hits its climax it stays there until the credits roll.  

Overall Dead Sushi is another unique entry in to the wild Asian cinema world. It's as high as a kite as you could imagine from a film that involves killer sushi!! If you're after an off the wall, silly film, which has gore and flying sushi then look no further! It's not up there with the best but its definitely not a disappointment!

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