Sushi Girl – Everyone’s Entitled to My Opinion! (A DVD Review)
Available on DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday February 19th
Running time 99min | MPAA Rating: R
Director: Kern Saxton
Writers: Destin Pfaff, Kern Saxton
Stars: Tony Todd, Noah Hathaway, James Duval, Mark Hamill
Sushi Girl is a crime thriller that attempts to be Quentin Tarantino-esque. Of course it doesn’t live up to it’s aspirations, but it’s not a bad movie. Ok, it’s kinda bad, but its also fun, and that makes it watchable. Obviously set up to pay homage to the violent crime exploitation films of the 70’s, this movie reeks of a grind house flick from the title sequence font to the sound track, to the not so shocking twist ending.
Mark Hamill (Luke effing Skywalker) plays a flamboyant wierdo with a knack for torture. It’s a little disappointing to see him like this, I’m not going to lie, but I guess not every role can have him as a Jedi Knight.
Tony Todd (the Candy Man) is a sadistic crime boss looking for his money, and some revenge maybe?
Noah Hathaway (Atreyu from The Never Ending Story) plays main character Fish, a man fresh out of prison who spent six years protecting his fellow criminals. Now he’s invited to a dinner in his honor in which everyone eats sushi off of a naked woman. However, things quickly go bad as the crew of criminal misfits wants to know what happened to their stolen loot.
Oh and James Duval (Frank the Bunny from Donnie Darko) plays a coke head with a heart of gold.
I didn’t want to like this movie going into it, but since I generally enjoy anything Magnet Releasing puts out, I didn’t hesitate to put the DVD into my player after it arrived in the mail. I kept waiting for the point where I’d want to stop the movie, but it never came. It was genuinely entertaining. Now if you’re a man, or a fan of violent crime movies, you’ll probably enjoy this movie. Probably even more than I did, as I’m not much a fan of crime movies, nor am I much of a man (according to my guy friends.)
The DVD features are pretty standard fair. Writer director commentary, actor director commentary, alternate scenes, outtakes, blah blah blah. One cool thing is you can watch some fake TV commercials they made for the movie.
Overall DVD Rating: 6 out of 10 (Nothing to write home about but give it a watch if you like the genre!)