Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dead Sushi (Noboru Iguchi, 2012)

It is no secret to many of you that I love Noboru Iguchi's films. There are a few that are not so good, but enjoyable. Dead Sushi is easily one of Noburo-sensei's better efforts.

The films stars Rina Takeda (High Kick Girl) as Keiko, and perennial favorite, Asami Sugiura. Keiko is the under appreciated daughter of a master sushi chef. When her father's disdain becomes too much to bear, she leaves home and finds work at a hot spring spa known for its sushi. When she gets there she immediately loses favor when she vocally criticizes the sushi chef as "third rate" and the customers as poseurs who know nothing about sushi. It seems Keiko has problems with her inner monologue. The customers decide they want to teach her a lesson, but Keiko's sushi training was much like martial arts training and she finishes them off. Of course, there is something else going on here.

It seems that the customers are the board of a pharmaceutical firm that once created a serum that would restore ad flesh to life. It was, naturally, problematic and they fired the scientist who created it. He wants revenge, and has been creating living sushi that will kill for him. The sushi becomes infected, zombie style, so it spreads through the spa like a fire.

Yes, it sounds stupid, but it has a wonderfully crafted story, and is not your standard zombie fare. Iguchi is wonderful at taking things we know and making it different for a change. Rina Takeda is cute and displays pretty plausible martial arts skill. Asami is finally given a meaty part, playing the evil matron of the spa and gets to stretch her comedic legs.

If you love the wacky and wild, you should love this one. If you are an Iguchi fan, I place this one a close second to Karate Robo Zaborgar in awesomeness and story craft.

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