Seventeen years after his last film, Noah Hathaway (The Neverending Story) has returned to the screen in a dark and dangerous way. Starring alongside Mark Hammill, Hathaway plays Fish, a recently released prisoner who had spent six years in jail after a diamond heist gone wrong. He reunites with his former partners, who include the aforementioned Hammill, Tony Todd (Candyman) and James Duval (Donnie Darko). They meet up for dinner, which just so happens to be a platter of sushi laid out on the body of a naked woman. The panel screened an exclusive trailer of Sushi Girl along with two never-before-seen clips. Hit the jump to read more about them.
If you’re a fan of Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs or Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, then Sushi Girl is going to look very familiar. The trailer shows shots of the team of diamond thieves brutally interrogating a man bound to a chair with duct tape, storming the office where the diamonds are held and generally all sorts of mayhem befalling the inept thieves. Director Kern Saxton (2007’s short Sleeper) has clearly studied the above mentioned masters but has added his own spin on the heist-gone-wrong/revenge/torture tale.
In a clip titled “Chopsticks” featuring Mark Hammill as a delightfully sadistic member of the team, Hammill tortures the bound man with a set of chopsticks and a hammer, performing what he calls “acupuncture” on the man’s knees. While visually it’s a little jarring to see Hammill in this role, his vocal work on the maniacal Joker from the Batman cartoon and video game series makes him the perfect fit. Tony Todd is no stranger to violence in his movies, but even he admitted that this script was explicitly brutal. The second clip showed the attempted heist with Kabuki-masked thieves roughing up the diamond inspectors. While Cortney Palm, who plays the titular Sushi Girl, was on hand for the panel, not too much was revealed about her character (well, except the fact that she appears nude and covered in sushi throughout the film). Check out the synopsis and trailer of Sushi Girl below before it hits theaters next year.
From IMDB and director Kern Saxton:
Fish has spent six years in jail. Six years alone. Six years keeping his mouth shut about the robbery, about the other men involved. The night he is released, the four men he protected with silence celebrate his freedom with a congratulatory dinner. The meal is a lavish array of sushi, served off the naked body of a beautiful young woman. The sushi girl seems catatonic, trained to ignore everything in the room, even if things become dangerous. Sure enough, the four unwieldy thieves can’t help but open old wounds in an attempt to find their missing loot.
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And here’s a clip we just found on YouTube: