The world premiere of Sushi Girl at this year’s 2012 Fantasia Film Festival was met with cheers and applause moments before the film was screened due to its killer cast, equally intriguing plot and obvious Tarantino-esque overtones.
Viewers are introduced to the Sushi Girl herself (played by promising newcomer Cortney Palm) in the first few frames of the film as she is forced by her employer/captor, Duke (Tony Todd), to lay naked, covered in sushi, and refrain from emoting during a party she knows will NOT end up well.
After the stylistic and applause-worthy opening sequence, the story starts to unfold as we’re introduced to Fish (Noah Hathaway), a former professional thief who has just finished serving his six-year sentence for armed robbery. While leaving the prison, he is surprised to be picked up and told that his former boss, Duke, has arranged for him to be driven to a reunion party—to show his gratitude for Fish taking the heat for the botched heist six years before.
However, once Fish arrives at the “party,” he soon realizes that Duke and his eclectic former crew of henchmen (played by Mark Hamill, Andy Mackenzie and James Duval) do not want to celebrate Fish’s return, but rather they want information, and they’re willing to torture Fish in horrendous ways every three minutes for it. Needless to say, it gets very violent early on in this darkly comic thriller.