Thursday, October 25, 2012

Toronto After Dark 2012: My Thoughts on Dead Sushi

Dead SushiDead Sushi is an utterly ridiculous Japanese splatter comedy about an inn that has become under attack by swarms of…man-eating killer sushi.  The killer sushi are the creation of a disgruntled former member of a pharmaceutical company, of which the members happen to be visiting the inn.  Even though the premise of sushi that comes to life and eats people is ridiculous on its own, the film gets even crazier as it proceeds, to the point that even the characters start commenting that the events have stopped making sense.

The film has a loose plot involving a martial arts-trained daughter of a sushi chef named Keiko.  Fed up with his father’s harsh sushi-preparation training and misogyny, she runs away to the inn and becomes a waitress.  Keiko befriends the inn’s kind gardener Sawada, who used to be the sushi chef, but was demoted because of a tragic accident.  When the attack happens, both learn to overcome their weakness and become better people as a result.

As a splatter film, the film features much over-the-top violence and gore, often done in a very goofy and comedic manner.  However, one thing I noticed is that a lot of the spraying blood is done as an optical animation and it looks really fake as a result.  Of course, this is definitely a very unrealistic and campy film, so the fact that the violence looked fake didn’t really detract much from my enjoyment of the film.

In some ways, I viewed this film as being like “Gremlins with Fish and Gore.”  There is even friendly Gizmo-like Egg Sushi named Eggy, which helps Keiko in her efforts to defeat the killer sushi.  I haven’t even yet mentioned the rice-spitting zombies and the mutant Tuna Man (you read that right).

Overall, I have to say that Dead Sushi was a crazy, violent, and very enjoyable film.

8 | LIKED IT