Tuesday, February 18, 2014

WTF Japan?!?: Dead Sushi

It's weird as hell- what a shock!  Today's film is Dead Sushi, a film by Noboru Iguchi.  If you don't know him, he's a Japanese man with a really-twisted sense of humor and a film industry keen on constantly-funding his crazy ideas.  I'm not complaining- just stating a fact.  His previous films include The Machine Girl (I haven't reviewed this?!?), Robo-Geisha and Mutant Girls Squad.  He's one of my favorite Japanese Directors since he just says 'Why not?!?' to every ridiculous thought in his head.  This is the man who made a film called Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead (future review) after all!  So what is this film about?  It is about Zombie Sushi.  Well, what were you expecting?  The best comparison is calling it 'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes As Done by a Crazy Japanese Man.'  Sold yet?  Well, I won't SPOIL the whole film here.  Instead, I'll just give you a slimy, slightly-cooked taste of what this film is really about.  If you're reading about a film called Dead Sushi, you might be the film's audience.  To find out, read on...
This young lady wants to be a Sushi Chef.  The problem: her Father doesn't let her, since she is a girl.
Desperate, she runs off and gets a job working as a Waitress at a Hot Springs Resort.

She hates the job and gets picked on.  Fortunately, this random older gentlemen encourages her.  You can probably guess that he'll play a bigger part later on.
The Hot Springs has an uninvited guest, however, in the form of a Homeless Man who commands Sushi...to kill!

I guess I'll have to induct these two as Poor Bastards of Cinema soon enough...
A group of businessmen (and their Secretary) arrive and start to act like asses.  Their false understanding of Sushi offends our heroine, leading her to speak up.  This leads to a wacky fight.

On top of that, the Homeless Man- who turns out to be a vengeful Scientist from the same company- starts injecting a Re-Animator-style drug into the Sushi, which grow teeth and start 'infect' the other Sushi.  Yes, Zombie Sushi.
 The Sushi- which can also fly- start to rack up a pretty good body count.  They are mean seafood and they sure do bite...you on the tongue and eventually kill you.
Have you ever woken up feeling like crap?  Consider what happens to this guy and you can really put things in perspective.
The villain eats some infected Sushi (on purpose) and transforms into a creature...which I won't dare SPOIL here.  You just have to see it.
I also won't go into too much detail about the film's climax.  It gets really crazy and just keeps going.
I will leave you with no answers, but with a moment when a character in the film begins to question the events of said film.  The End.
Oh yeah, this is a weird one.  Seriously- Zombie Sushi.  You just kind of have to go with that.  This is a weird Horror-Comedy...but it kind of works here.  The whole thing is just plain weird and makes no apologies for it.  Noboru Iguchi makes no pretense of making serious films or ever playing things straight.  I'm fine with that.  The film features flying Sushi, people getting their faces pulled off, Sushi humping other Sushi and something you would never guess made out of Sushi.  There is no internal logic (that will reasonably explain things, that is).  There is no Exit.  There is only 90 minutes of crazy shit that just keeps going.  If you like crazy Comedy mixed with crazy spurts of CG Blood and ridiculous on-camera effects, this is the film for you.  Seriously, it is about Zombie Sushi.  If you still want to see it, you should love it.  If you didn't get past the introduction, then you are NOT the audience for this film.  As for me, it makes me feel weird...
Next up, I cover my first Full Moon film in six months.  As a bonus, it is a Sequel to a film which sucked (and featured Vampires too).  Stay tuned...

1 comment:

  1. God, I just loved it. Aside from "Zombie Ass" which is just meh, I actually enjoyed all of Iguchi's flicks, especially this one, the episode he did for "ABCs of Death" and "Gothic Lolita Battle Bear" :-D