Directed by Kern Saxton
Written by Destin Pfaff, Kern Saxton
Starring: Tony Todd, Noah Hathaway, James Duva, Mark Hamill, Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey, Danny Trejo, and Cortney Palm
Fish has spent six years in jail. Six years alone. Six years keeping his mouth shut about the robbery, about the other men involved. The night he is released, the four men he protected with silence celebrate his freedom with a congratulatory dinner. The meal is a lavish array of sushi, served off the naked body of a beautiful young woman. The sushi girl seems catatonic, trained to ignore everything in the room, even if things become dangerous. Sure enough, the four unwieldy thieves can’t help but open old wounds in an attempt to find their missing loot.
Typically not a film I would review here, but there’s a ton of great names involved and the current horror market has been decidedly lame. Call me simple, but a bloody revenge flick involving horror legend, Tony Todd (Candyman), the wildly skilled, Mark Hamill, and a naked girl portraying a human sushi platter caught my eye. I’ll let you guess where they put the Foo Goo.Oh, yeah. Sushi Girl has a cool premise, but its fault is the execution. Plagued by trite writing and acting, it aspires to clone a Tarantino film – just none of the good parts. Revenge is always a great plot, so I was partly committed, don’t get me wrong; there’s still a high level of bloodshed and people shooting the shit out of each other.
If anyone connected with any of the characters, please tell me why. I was engaged at times; it’s not a total waste, there’s just no core to the film – It’s all external and lacks heart or passion. While the cast made it slightly more entertaining, Hamill is the only character that seemed to have any charm. Well, if you look past his flaky, but repugnant behavior. He does look like a total creeper too. The climax was less than gripping since we knew what would eventually happen. It is called Sushi Girl after all. This runs like an awkward homage to The Reservoir Dogs, complete with torture, distrust, and extreme violence. It might be worth the rent, I just feel indifferent about it, which is my disinterested way of saying it sucks.