Dead Sushi ("Deddo sushi")
Keiko, daughter of a famous sushi chef, leaves home to escape his overbearing training in both sushi-making and martial arts. Finding work at a rural inn, she is bullied by the staff and ridiculed by the guests, including the president of Komatsu Pharmaceuticals, who has come to the inn for a vacation with his associates. Little do they know, however, that disgruntled Komatsu researcher Yamada has followed them there with designs on revenge, using a serum he developed that can awaken the murderous instincts of fish on rice, creating…killer sushi! Bloodthirsty tuna and squid soon descend upon the humans, killing many and turning the remainder into zombie-like creatures. Keiko, joined by the inn’s former sushi chef Sawada, uses her fighting skills against the creatures in an attempt to escape with a handful of uninfected survivors. But Yamada has another deadly surprise for them…can Keiko and Sawada defeat both him and his flying killers?
Director Noboru Iguchi has brought audiences around the world machine-gun schoolgirls, robot geishas, karate robots, and toilet zombies. Killer sushi seems the next logical step, and everything you could expect from such a ridiculous concept is delivered in Iguchi’s usual crazy style: with heaping helpings of blood, comedy, nudity, action, awkward situations and even a bit of pathos. The big difference this time around is rising martial arts star Rina Takeda, still barely out of her teens when the movie was made! Takeda’s earlier films like HIGH KICK GIRL left a bit to be desired in the story department, but her feature film collaboration with Iguchi — the two had previously done the Dogoon 5 TV series together — delivers the goods, and she carries the lead admirably. It helps, of course, that she’s backed up by Iguchi’s regular stock company of players, including faces familiar to Fantasia audiences like Asami and Demo Tanaka. KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR composer and 2011 Fantasia guest Yasuhiko Fukuda provides an appropriately retro score, and Yoshihiro Nishimura’s effects team is on hand to deliver the splatter. Iguchi has stated that audiences should see DEAD SUSHI as his contribution to the “animals attack” panic movie subgenre — the difference being that you might leave the theatre hungrier than when you came in! Be careful, however, because this sushi bites back!
— Marc Walkow