HIFF review: ‘Dead Sushi’

I’ve always joked that all men reach full maturity at age 12. After that, they just get bigger. This statement has never been truer than with the movie, “Dead Sushi,” staring Rina Takeda.

Noboru Iguchi, director of “RoboGeisha,” “Karate-Robo Zaborgar” and now “Dead Sushi” once again channels his inner teenager to create a hilarious film that had everyone in the theater laughing.

Takeda plays Keiko, a young girl who leaves home to escape the strict sushi-making and martial arts training of her overbearing father. When she gets a job at a rural inn, Keiko finds herself facing a group of overzealous business executives from a corrupt pharmaceutical company and attacks from zombie sushi.

This film has all the elements to make it a cult classic — intentionally campy martial arts that send bad guys flying from kicks that miss them by two feet; comical characters who take their sushi way too seriously and are ready to fight at a moment’s notice; gratuitous amounts of fake blood and blatant T&A.

“Dead Sushi” has an absurdly funny premise that, if you let it, will leave you in stitches. This is a fun movie that, if you have a chance, is definitely worth watching.

Ed Morita