Presented by Japan Foundation

International Premiere
Selection 2020 On Demand

Monster Seafood Wars

Directed by Minoru Kawasaki


Official selection

2020 Slash Film Festival


Minoru Kawasaki


Minoru Kawasaki, Masakazu Migita


Keisuke Ueda, Ayano Christie Yoshida


Makoto Matsuo, Masashi Sasaki


PAL Entertainments Production

Japan 2020 84 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre ComedyFantasy

A minor bicycle accident on his annual visit to the shrine is just the start of the troubles awaiting disgraced scientist (now employed at his dad’s sushi shop) Yuta Tanuma. The octopus, squid, and crab he was transporting have eluded him, but he’ll see them again soon enough… as Takolla, Ikalla, and Kanilla, rampaging monsters as big as buildings! Though he’ll have to contend with his rival Hikoma, and his crush on defense analyst Nana, Yuta reluctantly joins the Seafood Monster Attack Team, who will risk their lives to protect Tokyo from this monstrous (but ultimately mouthwatering) marine menace!

Valiant defender of kigurumi tokusatsu, the disappearing discipline of monster body-suits in Japanese sci-fi cinema, beloved indie filmmaker Minoru Kawasaki has had a place in the hearts of dedicated Fantasia fans ever since THE CALAMARI WRESTLER (2004). He’s delighted audiences since then with EXECUTIVE KOALA, THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN, and numerous other charming adventures launching from the most ludicrous premises. Kawasaki’s own father was a fugu chef, so surely that, as well as inspiration drawn from tokusatsu legend Eiji Tsuburaya’s never-made, pre-Godzilla giant-octopus concept, makes MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS, for all its silliness, a genuinely heartfelt affair. Starring Keisuke Ueda of KAMEN RIDER WIZARD and J-pop idol singer Ayano Yoshida Christie of Nogizaka 46, MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS is a love letter to classic kaiju cinema, and a delicious homage to Japanese seafood cuisine on top of that! – Rupert Bottenberg