Comedy Fantasia Festival

Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Monster Seafood Wars’

August 31, 2020Ben MK

For ardent admirers of giant monster movies, the long wait for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong must be quite excruciating indeed. Never fear, though, for director Minoru Kawasaki has cooked up a new monster mash-up to tie moviegoers over — and it's a tongue-in-cheek romp that will remind kaiju fans of why they fell in love with the genre in the first place.

Fittingly titled Monster Seafood Wars, the film follows Yuta Tanuma (Keisuke Ueda), the son of a sushi chef who also happens to be the scientist behind Setap Z, a groundbreaking drug capable of making living things bigger. Originally intended as a solution for the world's food crisis, Setap Z has led to the creation of something monstrous, however — a trio of giant sea creatures that were once a regular-sized octopus, squid and crab. Bestowed the names Takolla, Ikalla and Kanilla by the news media, this towering trio of terror soon begin to wreak havoc on Tokyo, and it's up to Yuta and the Seafood Monster Attack Team to bring their reign of destruction to an end.

A hilarious parody that also doubles as a charming love letter to one of cinema's longest-standing traditions, Monster Seafood Wars serves up an entertaining combo of food-inspired comedy and monster-battling mayhem guaranteed to satiate the appetites of genre fans.

Monster Seafood Wars makes its international premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 24 min.

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