Nobody does insanity like the Japanese, nobody. Take the most off-the-wall movie from the Western world and compare it to some of Japan's output and the Land of the Rising Sun will beat it hands down in the mad-as-a-box-of-frogs stakes. And one man continually raises the bar in Nippon nuttiness: Noboru Iguchi. He's already delivered machine gun schoolgirls, robot geisha, toilet zombies and karate robots, so the next logical step had to be killer sushi. Yes, you read that right, read on.

 

Keiko (Rina Takeda) is the daughter of a legendary sushi chef. Hoping to follow in his footsteps, she enters into training under her father’s guidance. His kung fu-like regime is rigid, pushing her to impossible mental and physical limits and Keiko, unable to bear the strain, runs away from home. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is dismayed to find that her co-workers are an eccentric lot who have it in for the new girl. Complicating matters is the arrival of a group of employees from Komatsu Pharmaceutical there to sample the inn’s famous specialty sushi. Following them in pursuit of revenge is Yamada (Kentaro Shimazu), a medical researcher betrayed by the Komatsu president. Disgruntled and seeking revenge, Yamada injects the hotel sushi with a drug that not only brings it to life, but also turns it into ferocious, bloodthirsty killers!

Right away, the reanimated sushi begins to kill off the hotel guests. Fatty tuna chews into human tongues; flesh-hungry salmon roe leaps about with gnashing fangs; and the sashimi pieces laid across the bodies of beautiful, semi-nude women devour them before the eyes of the stunned guests.

Panic ensues as the sushi multiplies, infecting humans and turning them into zombie-like creatures. Fighting back with the assistance of the inn’s disgraced former sushi chef Sawada (Shigeru Matsuzaki), Keiko turns her kung fu on the flying killers. But will it be enough to fend off the unremitting terror of the killer fish and rice?

 

Dead Sushi is showing on Frightfest's main screen at 2315 on Sunday 26th August

 

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