Film Biz Asia
Some quick distribution news has come in for Noburu Iguchi’s latest film, Dead Sushi (review). Read on for when you’ll be able to join the fight against some truly fishy characters with a penchant for human flesh!
According to FilmBiz Asia, North American rights to Japanese comedy action film Dead Sushi (デッド寿司) have been acquired by Action Slate Releasing and Millennium Entertainment.
The film, which stars martial arts prodigy Takeda Rina, is the first movie to emerge from Walker Pictures, the new producing and distribution offshoot of veteran Japanese talent agency Office Walker. Dead Sushi previously screened at the Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival in July and had its US premiere this week at Fantastic Fest (20-27 Sep), where the rights deal was announced.
Dead Sushi was co-produced by Nishimura Eizo and was directed by Iguchi Noboru.
The film, which stars 21-year-old martial arts prodigy Rina Takeda, tells the tale of Keiko, the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, who runs away from home when his kung fu-like regimen becomes too severe. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is ridiculed by the eccentric staff and guests, including the employees of a pharmaceutical firm there on a work vacation. But little do they know that a disgruntled former researcher has also come to the inn with a plan for revenge, using a serum he developed that can awaken the murderous instincts of ordinary sushi, turning it into bloodthirsty monsters! Keiko must use both her sushi training and her martial arts skills to save the others and defeat the flying killers.
Following the eclectic style of the director’s previous work, Dead Sushi is a tasty mix of action, comedy, and splatter as only Iguchi can do. With special effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) and appearances from The Machine Girl and Sukeban Boy’s Kentaro Shimazu, Asami, and Demo Tanaka, this lethal sushi is well worth a nibble!
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