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Sushi Scenes in Movies

Updated on February 16, 2018
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Kenna worked on many productions as PA, Craft Services, Talent Scout, Grip, and Producer. Credits include Bowling for Columbine, Wallace.

A friend of mine, who is Japanese, introduced sushi to me by inviting me to her favored sushi restaurant saying, “I will make sure you eat the good sushi.”

Sushi Experts

I was first introduced to sushi at a time when in the back of my mind I was skeptical. I didn’t think raw fish was a delicacy – I thought I’d develop a super long worm in my stomach if I ate it. A friend of mine, who is Japanese, introduced sushi by inviting me to her favorite sushi restaurant saying, “I will make sure you eat the good sushi.” Needless to say, I enjoyed every bite. I am hooked on sushi and adore the idea of eating raw fish with rice and seaweed.

One day, I started thinking about sushi scenes in movies. With that, I started perusing movies with sushi themes or scenes worth mentioning.

I even asked some sushi experts if they knew of any famous, well-known sushi scenes in movies. The result is movies noted below. They are well-known movies that made a lot of money at the box office.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club, directed and written by John Hughs, who wrote and produced Home Alone. The story joins five high school students, all different over-the-top stereotypes, share detention and open up about their personal problems to each other. At first, they think they have nothing in common, but soon discover how much they do have in common.

The poignant movie stars Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall. Even today I can safely say this is a movie that cuts deeply into the overall problems of public education in America.

My daughter related to this movie because each student is so very different from each other. They become friends within the time they serve detention. Each student has their own way of being able to cope with the social pressures of high school.

Sex in the City 2

Sex in the City 2 takes a silly look at using sushi to entice a romantic interlude. Samantha covers key areas of her naked body. Waiting for her lover when the phone rings and well…you need to see the clip. I have to honestly say I have never seen the cable show or the movies. I did watch the clip and have it here for you in another language. But you will get the idea.

Monsters, Inc

Pixar favorite is Monsters, Inc where we watch as Mike, the green one-eyed friend of Sulley takes Celia out for a special sushi dinner. We see the wonderful exaggeration of sushi chefs greeting monsters upon entering.

The scene is hilarious because of Mike's girlfriend, Celia is very impressed with the restaurant as Mike tries to keep it romantic with all the slapstick humor from Sulley trying to keep the monsters from finding out about Boo, a child forbidden in the monster's world.

Defending Your Life

Defending Your Life - Albert Brooks dies by getting hit by a bus in his brand new BMW and is in Judgment City, defending his life. While going through the rigors of Judgment he decides to dine at the sushi bar. I have a clip of the scene below poking fun at sushi chefs' over-the-top hospitality.

Write Your Own

I am sure you can think of some movies about sushi or with sushi scenes. Or, you can write your own. Either way, it makes for a fabulous tale of living the dream.

© 2012 Kenna McHugh


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    • Kenna McHugh profile image

      Kenna McHugh 5 years ago from Northern California

      I didn't know they sold it at WalMart : ). All in all, I agree. Eat sushi at a very reputable place.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I too was once skeptical about sushi, but, if you have sushi that's prepared well, its a delicacy indeed... just don't buy it at walmart :-)