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Dead Sushi (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Takeda Rina (Actor) | Matsuzaki Shigeru (Actor) | Tezuka Toru (Actor) | Tsuda Kanji (Actor)
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Dead Sushi (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Beware of the living sushi! Machine Girl director Iguchi Noboru is back with Dead Sushi, his latest blood-filled exploitation horror comedy. This time, Takeda Rina (High Kick Girl) stars as a young girl who works at a rural inn to escape the lessons of her stern sushi chef father. One day, the disgruntled employee of a pharmaceutical company takes revenge on his boss by spreading a serum that makes the sushi come alive. When the fishes starts coming back to life and putting humans on the menu du jour, it's up to our heroine to take up the family business and slice up some sushi!
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Product Title: Dead Sushi (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 死亡壽司 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) 死亡寿司 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) Dead Sushi (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) Dead Sushi (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 死亡壽司: 壽司的逆襲 / 食人壽司大逆襲 死亡寿司: 寿司的逆袭 / 食人寿司大逆袭
Artist Name(s): Takeda Rina (Actor) | Matsuzaki Shigeru (Actor) | Tezuka Toru (Actor) | Tsuda Kanji (Actor) | Nishina Takashi (Actor) | Demo Tanaka (Actor) | Asami (Actor) | Shimazu Kentaro (Actor) | Fukuda Yasuhiko (Actor) 武田梨奈 (Actor) | Matsuzaki Shigeru (Actor) | 手塚通 (Actor) | 津田寬治 (Actor) | 仁科貴 (Actor) | Demo Tanaka (Actor) | 亞紗美 (Actor) | 島津健太郎 (Actor) | Fukuda Yasuhiko (Actor) 武田梨奈 (Actor) | Matsuzaki Shigeru (Actor) | 手冢通 (Actor) | 津田宽治 (Actor) | Nishina Takashi (Actor) | Demo Tanaka (Actor) | 亚纱美 (Actor) | 岛津健太郎 (Actor) | Fukuda Yasuhiko (Actor) 武田梨奈 (Actor) | 松崎しげる (Actor) | 手塚とおる (Actor) | 津田寛治 (Actor) | 仁科貴 (Actor) | デモ田中 (Actor) | 亜紗美 (Actor) | 島津健太郎 (Actor) | 福田裕彦 (Actor) Takeda Rina (Actor) | Matsuzaki Shigeru (Actor) | Tezuka Toru (Actor) | Tsuda Kanji (Actor) | Nishina Takashi (Actor) | Demo Tanaka (Actor) | Asami (Actor) | Shimazu Kentaro (Actor) | Fukuda Yasuhiko (Actor)
Director: Iguchi Noboru 井口昇 井口升 井口昇 Iguchi Noboru
Release Date: 2014-01-03
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034829436

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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 fu0like 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!
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Professional Review of "Dead Sushi (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 29, 2014

This professional review refers to Dead Sushi (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Iguchi Noboru offers up another serving of wacky Japanese splatter with Dead Sushi in which unfortunate diners at a rural hot springs find their fish biting back. Iguchi is one of the genre's main men, having helmed a host of cult favourites including Machine Girl, RoboGeisha, Mutant Girls Squad and others, and so fans by now know exactly what to expect, namely gallons of gore, schlocky humour and hysterically camp overacting. This time, as well as Asami, Kentaro Shimazu and other familiar faces, Iguchi enlists the services of actress Takeda Rina (High Kick Girl), who shows off her combat skills as she faces off against the vicious vittles.

Takeda plays Keiko, the daughter of a famous sushi chef who uses martial arts to produce delicious dishes. Though desperate to learn the family trade, she finds his ultra-strict training regime too much to bear, and runs away to work at a hot springs resort in the countryside, where she's bullied by the guests and other staff. Things only get worse when the employees of the Komatsu Pharmaceutical arrive for a corporate retreat, with disgruntled employee Yamada (Kentaro Shimazu) on their trail, who injects the sushi with a chemical that brings them to man-eating life. Keiko is forced to team with the former sushi-chef janitor to fight back, embracing her destiny in the process.

Clearly, Dead Sushi is gibberish of the highest order, and viewers definitely shouldn't expect anything other than absolute nonsense ?though in some places it's being pitched as a horror film of sorts, it's very hard to justify it as anything other than a particularly far out comedy. While plenty of blood and guts are thrown at the screen and the film boasts some very inventive misuses of the human form, it's all played for laughs and there's nothing even remotely nasty or offensive. Iguchi's focus is even more on silliness than before - probably a good move, since these films can't be taken seriously at the best of times. Thankfully, for those with a taste for oddball humour at least, the film is very funny, and the slapstick/splatstick comes thick and fast, with some very creative gags helping to balance out the more baffling and frankly incomprehensible scenes. Without wishing to spoil the fun, viewers can expect a cavalcade of bizarre sights, including, though not limited to sushi zombies, a giant battleship sushi, a man-tuna creation and a friendly talking egg sushi - a list which should give a pretty accurate idea of whether or not the film is likely to appeal.

Though the film is predictably a low budget affair that appears to have been churned out fairly quickly, it's quite well made by the standards of the form, and moves along at a jaunty pace, wisely never pausing long enough to allow the audience to think too much. Iguchi certainly knows his stuff, and there's been a discernable improvement in his directing skills over the years ?while about as far from high cinematic art as it's possible to get, the film feels more professional and consistent than most of his earlier works. The martial arts sequences are reasonably well-handled and choreographed, and while daft, they do give Takeda Rina the chance to demonstrate her talents. The young actress also shows some decent comic timing in a rather different performance to her usual karate and ninja outings, and makes for a likeable lead.

To a large extent films like Dead Sushi are review-proof, being made with a very specific audience in mind, and the presence of Iguchi Noboru as director is likely enough to make it a must-see or must-avoid. By the standards of the Japanese comedy gore genre, it's a solid and entertaining 90 minutes of unrestrained insanity, and though there's a touch of cynicism to the way these films seem to be made mainly with the international cult festival circuit in mind, fans won't be disappointed.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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