Sushi Girl Reviews
January 28, 2014
Sushi Girl is a dull, bland exercise in gangster genre filmmaking. The film never is anything interesting or entertaining, and it squanders its cast on such a poorly written script. I really enjoy low budget films, but this film just lacked a truly engaging plot. Some of the cast were interesting, especially the casting of actor Mark Hamill, who is quite good in his role. However the film does leave a lot to be desired and everything just seems t5o fall flat. There never is anything to salvage the script. This film could have been terrific, but it just ends up being a pointless mess that never grabs your attention. As it is, it's a film that really relies on clichés and it's void of anything to really make it a standout feature film. The cast seem bored, and aside from Hamill, who like I said, was good, and amusing, every actor delivers dull, unimpressive performances that don't stand out. In terms of a crime film, Sushi Girl is forgettable and poorly crafted. This is a forgettable film, one that should have been good, but never becomes anything special because of its lacking script. Don't go into this one expecting a great film, you'll be disappointed. In the end, this film is awful and pointless due to the fact that it's just an overblown cliché from start to finish. We've seen this type of film before, and it's been done better as well. This film had plenty of potential, but it doesn't live up to what it should have been, and it ends up being a waste of time. Don't expect anything from this film, you'll sadly be disappointed.
March 1, 2013
A compelling and twisted mix of story, dialogue, characters and brutality. It's the type of film that would make Quentin Tarantino proud. It's bloody awesome and keeps you hooked from start to finish. A stylish, dark and furiously entertaining crime-thriller. A smart, sadistic, intense, wickedly funny, pulse-pounding and exhilarating piece of work. Director, Kern Saxton crafts a interesting, fun and exceptionally constructed film. It packs plenty of bullets, torture, blood, and nail-biting twist and turns from start to finish. A guilty and twisted pleasure that shows these dark comments in their element and dose not let back on the cruelty and shows these characters for what they are. It delivers some solid and brilliant performances from as very talented cast of actors. Tony Todd gives a cool and furiously entertaining performance. Mark Hamill is excellent. Noah Hathaway is electric. Andy Mackenzie is hard-edged. James Duval is terrific.
December 25, 2012
Started off really well as a Quentin Tarantino homage, but then soon went down hill after the torture began. The acting started to crack fairly early on, the acting aside from Tony Todd was dreadful, especially James Duval who was absolutely disappointing. The twist was quite easy to guess really.
January 25, 2014
Very much a B-grade Tarantino/Reservoir Dogs clone. I did think that Mark Hamill was great chewing up the scenery. Fairly entertaining rental recommendation.
April 12, 2013
A rather blatant Tarantino rip-off, Sushi Girl is still an entertaining piece of gangster/exploitation cinema that brings the style and the brutality you would expect from a Tarantino clone. Sushi girl features an amazing cast of cult actors: Tony Todd (Candyman), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Michael Biehn (Terminator and Aliens)< Danny Trejo, Sonny Chiba, etc. Sushi Girl ultimately has little depth beneath its astonishing surface, but it is a well-made (if derivative) and entertaining film nonetheless.
April 9, 2013
gets a star for all star cast of my fave B movie actors inc danny trejo & sonny chiba too bad they don't have better material 2 work with
April 1, 2013
Well, everybody dies and it was a revenge story. Of course that was all completely obvious within 10 minutes of the dinner starting. It was a terrible story, with some gruesome torture scenes, and overall very disappointing.
March 30, 2013
Decent premise that doesn't really go anywhere. It just turns into a torture movie with some bad performances. James Duval is dreadful, Noah Hathaway not that great other than being tortured, and Mark Hamill's bizarre character seems like he is in the wrong movie. Tony Todd and Andy MacKenzie are the only shining spots in the cast. Even the cameos by Michael Biehn and Danny Trejo are horrid. Bad acting aside, I was interested in the movie until I realized it just became a torture movie and the entire Sushi Girl dinner wasnt really needed at all. Seriously, just get the guy and torture him. No need for fancy dinners for a few thugs. Maybe if the Sushi dinner was a ritual for this group and had meaning, like maybe they did something like this before their heists? Just doesnt make sense with this particular group. Disappointing .
May 9, 2014
One line summary: Excellent acting, but a weak plot; redeemed somewhat by the ending.
Fish has been in jail for six years, without his comrades from a diamond heist gone bad. He took the fall, he did the time, and now he's out.
Duke, Max, Francis, and Crow treat him to a sumptuous dinner in a reserved room. The food is sushi, served off the body of a naked young woman. The woman has been trained not to react to what the guests are doing, and this probably served her well.
Soon enough, the real reason for the meeting surfaces. The robbers had a bad accident: their van and a car encountered each other at speed. The gang's driver was killed, the other driver was dealt with by Duke, and the cops and firemen showed up quickly. In the process, most of the gang got away, but the diamonds seem to have gone missing. The ones who got away want Fish to tell them where the diamonds are.
There are many flashbacks as the details of the heist are rehashed, particularly the events surrounding the traffic crash. When Fish refuses to tell his erstwhile partners where the diamonds are, they decide to encourage his veracity by force.
Will there be a falling out among thieves?
Cinematography: 5/10 Perhaps this was done intentionally, as Tarantino sometimes does, but the visuals looked gritty and jumpy, rather sub-VHS quality. In other segments, the visuals were of reasonable quality.
Sound: 9/10 No problems.
Acting: 10/10 Mark Hamill, Tony Todd, and Noah Hathaway were great. In much smaller roles, Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, and Danny Trejo were fine. Cortney Palm also had a limited role, but it was pivotal to the overall effect of the film.
Screenplay: 4/10 The last five minutes were just exquisite. On the other hand, the characters played by Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, and Danny Trejo seemed to be vastly underused. The worst part for me was the disposition of the diamonds after the accident. It should have been abundantly clear where the diamonds were, and the whole extended torture sequence was unnecessary.
May 6, 2014
A novel take on the film noire genre. I really enjoyed Mark Hamill's take on his character, as obscenely decadent as Hannibal Lectre without the body restraints. The musical score was well tailored to the movie, and the addition of Isaac Hayes', "Walk on By," at the end was choice. With little dialogue, only her body to speak for her, newcomer Courtney Palm, sizzled in her role. I just loved the ending. In fact, I enjoyed the movie so much, I created my own movie posters just for grins!
May 6, 2014
The Sound is AMAZING!!!!
May 6, 2014
'Sushi Girl' is the debut feature from writer/director/editor Kern Saxton and he hasn't held anything back. It makes Tarantino's 'Reservior Dogs' look like a Pg13 flick with no style (I know that comment will no doubt infuriate fans of Quentin; but hey, this is just my opinion and if you don't like it don't read it).
The film starts with 'Fish' (Noah Hathaway) fresh out of jail after a robbery that went pear- shaped 6 years earlier; and being 'invited' to a reunion with his former partners in crime for a night you won't soon forget. Seated at a table graced by the 'Sushi Girl'; laying naked if not for their meal covering her vital areas, is the ultimate group of bad guys you could ever get on the screen for a film like this.
At the table is Duke (Tony Todd), Francis (James Duval), Max (Andy Mackenzie), and Crow (Mark Hamill). Now i must say, Kern Saxton has brought out quite possibly the best performances I have ever seen out of these guys, period. As he slowly builds the tension between the characters; we are led through flashback during the 'meal', the background story that slowly twists and turns its way into a film that is certainly not for the faint hearted, so be forewarned. It well and truly earns it Ma15+ rating. I would normally think of 'Candyman' as Tony Todd's scariest character he's ever played till I saw this. His voice just carries so much depth without ever raising it, but when he does raise it in this film, your skin just crawls. I am certainly looking forward to what he does next in film as this is a true standout performance.
Mark Hamill, who I fondly remember as a child as Luke Skywalker, performs like you've never seen him before. He just chews through his dialog playing one of the more memorable torturers I've seen on film in a long time. I don't know where he drew his inspiration from for this character; but I think this film will do for his career, what 'Pulp Fiction' did for John Travolta .
James Duval also gives a sensitive and understated performance, with a character who seems to be able to just talk his way out of any situation.
Now to get to the stand out of all the bad guys, Andy Mackenzie. His character 'Max' is one man you don't ever want to get angry. This is the first film I have ever seen him in, his character really freaked me out. If you have ever met me, you will know that i'm not what you call a small guy. But if I ever, ever meet this character 'Max' in real life I would definitely wouldn't want to be interrogated by him. I would just spill the beans and soil my pants. Noah really had some balls to resist his type of punishment. Noah I remember from Battlestar as a kid. His performance I must say is Oscar worthy, how he held it together portraying his character Fish is beyond me. Man he can act, you can almost feel his pain that he is experiencing. His range of emotion, is remarkable.
The sound is wow. For a film that centers on a lot of dialog throughout the story, the 7.1 soundtrack on this film just rocks. If you have a chance to watch this on the big screen in 7.1 surround, boy are you in for a treat. Kern Saxton has really done his homework in getting you involved in a films atmosphere by getting the sound 'around you'.
The big question I must ask is? Kern Saxton, will there be a Sequel/prequel?
I did have the privilege of spending some time with the cast and crew of this feature during the Gold Coast Film Festival and Supanova last year, but there is no bias or privilege given in the above review. I have found that they are a great group of guys who enjoy their trade in entertaining us all.
Ps Destin Pfaff; you are a legend. I really did enjoy hanging with you and the guys. It was a weekend I will not forget.
May 6, 2014
Creative and clever! An amazing ensemble and a tight story make Sushi girl a very pleasant surprise. Nice to also see film with an ending that genuinely caught me off guard - loved it!
December 7, 2012
Fantastic film with great lighting, great tension, great acting, and fantastic story. And WOW! What a cast!
April 6, 2014
Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase...
January 25, 2014
If Kern Saxton keeps up the good work, we have a new Quentin Tarantino on our hands. And what is wrong with that? Nothing. I answered for you. This movie is brilliant.
January 24, 2014
Sushi is free but the girl is not.
The story begins six years after a heist went terribly wrong where no one got paid, a few members of the gang die, one member goes to jail, and five members barely escape with their lives. Now, the jailed man is out of jail and the five survivors want to meet him for a dinner...of sorts...
"How's Betty Ford?"
"Still a raging cunt!"
Kern Saxton delivers Sushi Girl in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward with an interesting ending. The movie was a bit bland and wasn't as stylish as similar pictures like Albino Alligator, The Usual Suspects, or Suicide Kings. The acting was above average and the cast includes Tony Todd, Danny Trejo, Noah Hathaway, James Duvall, Mark Hamill, and Stryker.
"From the killing fields to the kill."
This is a movie we came across while scrolling through Netflix and we decided to give it a shot since the plot sounded interesting. This is definitely a new age grindhouse picture. This felt like a poor man's Robert Rodriguez movie. The film definitely had potential but missed the style and flare of a Rodriguez or Tarantino picture. Overall, this is worth a viewing but doesn't stand out in the genre.
"Now your sock is all wet."
September 27, 2013
Very much like Reservoir Dogs. If you like that you will like this movie. I thought that James Duval was one of the best in the film personally his delivery and believability was great. I was a bit confused for a little while in the middle of the film but it was all wrapped up in the end. Noah Hathaway was great the makeup on him was absolutely hard to watch because of the gruesomeness. But I guess that is what makes it so good.
Keep up the good work guys. Cannot wait for Sushi Girl II
July 16, 2013
Sushi Girl manages to show respect to Quentin Tarantino but a the same time create it's own unique world, thanks to a well written screenplay and dark performances by it's cast