Sushi Girl (2013)
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We can't all be Quentin Tarantino, but that doesn't stop some people from trying.
Sushi Girl is intermittently stylish and relatively technically competent but so painfully derivative that it's at times embarrassing to watch. Saxton really loves his Tarantino and if you do too you may marginally tolerate this violent piece of fodder.
There's nothing wrong with paying homage to a film that went before (Reservoir Dogs), if you make it clear that's what you're doing. I never got that vibe with "Sushi Girl."
The real shock of Sushi Girl is how it manages to hold interest despite its familiar moves, working to build a grim personality of its own. Saxton and Pfaff have managed to pull off an entertaining picture.
Audience Reviews for Sushi Girl
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? -----Scores----- 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.
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.
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.
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