Sushi Girl (2012)

Movie Title: Sushi Girl

Year Released: 2012

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 38min

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Director: Kern Saxton

Writer: Kern Saxton and Destin Pfaff

Starring: Cortney Palm, Tony Todd, Noah Hathaway, Shin'ichi Chiba, Mark Hamill, Andy Mackenzie, James Duval, David Dastmalchian, Jeff Fahey, Michael Biehn, Danny Trejo, Neal Fischer

Review: When Fish (Noah Hathaway) is released from prison he is brought to an abandoned restaurant by an old associate, Duke (Tony Todd), and his crew, to celebrate his freedom. And by "celebrate" I mean "take care of some unfinished business." This party has plenty of greed, grub, and gruesome goings-on to go around! Hopefully, you have a insatiable appetite for such things because here comes the Sushi Girl.

This crime flick would certainly fall into the sub-sub-genre of Tarantinoesque movies. Actually, it's so Tarantinoesque that you may recall seeing it the first time when it was called Reservoir Dogs. Sadly, Sushi Girl starts off with a very dark, promising premise, but it takes a quick turn into becoming the first film directed by the legendary influential filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino - which is excellent! I guess if you're gonna steal, steal from the best.

It's not a carbon copy of Reservoir Dogs, but it has the same story beats, shocking violence, flashbacks, witty banter, and unusual characters. So basically, you have a member of a jewel robbery crew that gets out of jail and never ratted out his accomplices, but he never told the boys where he stashed the loot either. So one by one he is tortured by his "friends" (Mark Hamill, Andy Mackenzie, James Duval, and Tony Todd) to discover the location of the riches. The story takes place more or less in one location where our rogues gallery inflict harsh violence and rather salty language on each other for the majority of the running time. Sound familiar?

The biggest surprise in the film is the "Sushi Girl" herself, played fearlessly by Cortney Palm. How she is involved throughout the story is very well done and quite clever. However the movie itself is definitely a "been there done that", but if you like those type of crime caper flicks Sushi Girl may indeed wet your appetite.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The van that is used for the diamond burglary says Falkore Plumbing on the side. Falkor is the name of the Luck Dragon that Atreyu rides in The Neverending Story. Atreyu was played by Noah Hathaway, who plays Fish in this film.


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