Walker Pictures and Nishimura Eizo have announced that Dead Sushi, the latest horror/comedy from acclaimed Japanese director Noboru Iguchi, will World Premiere at Montreal’s prestigious Fantasia International Film Festival on July 22nd, followed shortly thereafter by its Asian Premiere at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
Iguchi, best-known for his high-octane 2008 action/comedy The Machine Girl, also helmed RoboGeisha, Karate-Robo Zaborgar, and Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead.
“It’s an honor for us to host the World Premiere of such a hilarious and bloody joy ride like Dead Sushi,” says Nicolas Archambault, Co-Director of Asian Programming at Fantasia. “It’s even better when we have the charismatic and talented Rina Takeda and director Iguchi, surely one of Japan’s most creative directors when it comes to using strong symbols of Japanese pop culture to kill people in the most singular ways. He’s one of the most enthusiastic and generous guests we’ve had at Fantasia and our audience will be thrilled to see him again this year.”
The film, which stars 21-year-old martial arts prodigy Rina Takeda, tells the tale of Keiko, the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, who runs away from home when his kung fu-like regimen becomes too severe. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is ridiculed by the eccentric staff and guests, including the employees of a pharmaceutical firm there on a work vacation. But little do they know that a disgruntled former researcher has also come to the inn with a plan for revenge, using a serum he developed that can awaken the murderous instincts of ordinary sushi, turning it into bloodthirsty monsters! Keiko must use both her sushi training and her martial arts skills to save the others and defeat the flying killers.
Dead Sushi features special effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) and appearances from The Machine Girl and Sukeban Boy’s Kentaro Shimazu, Asami, and Demo Tanaka.