NOBORU IGUCHI’S DEAD SUSHI TO SERVE UP U.S. PREMIERE AT FANTASTIC FEST
Walker Pictures and Nishimura Eizo have announced that DEAD SUSHI, the latest horror/comedy from acclaimed Japanese director Noboru Iguchi, will hold its U.S. Premiere at Austin’s renowned Fantastic Fest film festival on September 21st, screening to be followed by the festival’s annual “Asian Invasion” party, featuring cast and crew from the film as special guests.
Iguchi, best-known for his high-octane 2008 action/comedy The Machine Girl, has become an international sensation with jaw-dropping, boundary-pushing films such as RoboGeisha, Karate-Robo Zaborgar, and Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead. Following its highly successful World Premiere in July at the Fantasia Film Festival, DEAD SUSHI screenings have been requested by International and Fantastic film festival all around the world, from Spain to Belgium to Australia to Mexico and beyond. Its YouTube trailer has gone viral, reaching nearly 1.2 million views, and it was announced last week that Iguchi will contribute a new short film—executive produced by The Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin—to a series to be released in October on the “YOMYOMF” YouTube subscriber network.
”Noboru Iguchi continues to astounding me with his seemingly limitless imagination,” says Fantastic Fest and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League, “Whether he is tackling robotic geishas, cyborg schoolgirls, flatulence, or killer sushi, he faces down his subjects with an unbridled glee – and always leaves his audiences giggling and grinning.”
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.
Iguchi is practically a one-man genre film factory, marrying a fetishistic personal vision with a remarkably self-assured filmmaking method and a complete unwillingness to self-censor any crazy idea that comes into his head. In addition to the films noted above, Iguchi’s lengthy resume includes his 2003 debut feature, A Larva to Love, one-third of the Sushi Typhoon round-robin film Mutant Girls Squad (2010), the horror reboot Tomie: Unlimited (2011), and a segment in Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Film’s upcoming anthology, The ABCs of Death.
A karate disciple since she was ten years old, Rina Takeda was inspired to study the sport after witnessing her father’s defeat in a tournament, and committed herself to eventually beating his opponent. When her skills were noticed by a film scout in 2008, she was asked to audition for High Kick Girl!, and won the lead, which became her debut performance. Since then, she has starred in the films Karate Girland Kunoichi, several TV dramas, and also pursues a successful singing career for Sony Music. She previously worked with Iguchi on his 2010 late-night TV series Dogoon Five.