[Fantasia 2020] Audio Review: Monster SeaFood Wars (2020)
Taking inspiration from the giant Japanese monster films of the 50’s and 60’s like Gojira (1954) and Daikaijû Gamera (1965), SeaFood Monster Wars (2020) sees Tokyo under attack by giant sea creatures, and it is up to a team of misfits to save the day. The film feels like it is undecided between parody and or satire, using people in monster suits for that aspect and having a human storyline in between. It has it’s moments of fun and wonderful costumes for the monsters, it is clear writer/director Minoru Kawasaki has a passion for this type of cinema and sits outside the box.
The following review of the film is in an audio format. Enjoy!
Director: Minoru Kawasaki
Writers: Minoru Kawasaki and Masakazu Migita
Starring: Keisuke Ueda, Ayano Christie Yoshida, Yûya Asato and Hide Fukumoto
Synopsis: Yuta, a young master at the Tsukiji Fish Market, accidentally drops his meal of mixed seafood into the Sumida River. Some time afterwards a gigantic mutated squid monster arises from the depths and begins to wreak havoc upon an awe-stricken Tokyo. Attempts by the Japan Self-Defense Forces to stop the creature prove futile. As it seems things couldn’t get any worse an enormous mutant octopus monster emerges from the deep and heads into a clash of the titans with the gargantuan squid. As a last ditch effort, the government forms the “Seafood Monster Attack Team (SMAT)” and an all-new plan of attack is immediately put into action. But just as the tide appears to be turning in humanity’s favor, a colossal crab monster appears, joining in the Monster Seafood Wars and plunging the world into culinary chaos.
Monster SeaFood Wars is playing as part of the Fantasia Festival – https://fantasiafestival.com/en/film/monster-seafood-wars
Audio review by Marcella Papandrea and Bede Jermyn