Sushi Girl (2014) – Raw Review

Sushi? Crime? Mystery? Naked Woman? Sounds Delicious!

 

Sushi Girl is a crime thriller done ‘locked door’ style. When Fish is released from prison, after serving six years, he sits down with his old crew to clear the air, eat some sushi and spill some blood.

This film is inevitably going to be compared to Tarantino due to it’s dialogue driven screenplay, intermittent flashbacks and over the top violence. The characterizations are strong and well handled. Tony Todd (Candyman himself) leads the cast which includes Noah Hathaway (Neverending Story), Mark Hamill (who we didn’t even recognize!), James Duval (Go,  Donnie Darko), Courtney Palm (Zombeavers), Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey, Michael Biehn, Danny Trejo, etc etc. Lot’s of people in this film.

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Things quickly get ugly and violent and crazy. The violence isn’t pervasive through the whole film but it is ugly when it happens. What do you expect, you’re watching a Tarantino-esque crime thriller.

The story isn’t bad for the most part. The beats are well placed and it never gets uninteresting or flat out boring. The ending is interesting and rather unexpected, however it seems like there was more to the original story that may not have made it out of the editing room. The payoff at the end is lessened because it’s not set-up as well as possible. It’s almost as if the filmmakers wanted to ensure the ending would be a surprise so they remove as many of the clues as possible. that said, it’s got enough intrigue, actors and story to make it fun and watchable.

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