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Best Sushi Movie Scenes

Updated on August 8, 2019
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Kenna wrote and directed several plays, taught acting for kids. She is a former talent scout, and at times directs or performs.

Sushi Master

The first time I ate sushi, I thought eating raw fish was not a delicacy – I thought I’d develop a super long worm in my stomach if I ate any of it.

A friend of mine, who is Japanese, invited me to eat at a sushi restaurant near me. I told her of my fear of eating sushi. She told me the sushi place she had in mind served her favorite sushi rolls saying, “I will make sure you eat the good sushi.”

One day, I started thinking about sushi scenes in movies. Excited about the idea, I perused movies with sushi themes or scenes worth mentioning.

I even asked some sushi masters if they knew of any sushi scenes in movies. I went further and asked some sushi experts if they knew of any sushi scenes in movies.

The result of my search is fruitful and described below. Most people recognize these movies. They are well-known and made tons of money at the box office.

Isle of Dogs

Stop-motion animation movies by Wes Anderson take a whole new level of the filmmaking process. Anderson's stories keep the audience interested in the sparky dialogue and visual touches of humor. For some, the movie may seem a bit quirky. The Sushi Scene in the Isle of Dogs is a master of stop-motion animation.

The whole premise of the scene is to poison the despot leader of the Asia nation that sending dogs to the remote Isle. If you haven't seen this movie, I recommended it. All of the Anderson movies entertain.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club, directed and written by John Hughs, who wrote and produced Home Alone. Breakfast Club is about five high school students. Each one is different, but all are exaggerated stereotypes.

They share detention and talk about their problems with each other. At first, they think they have nothing in common, but soon discover they have a lot 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 copes with the social pressures of high school - adapting to the high school scene as best they can.

The sushi scene when Ringwald is eating sushi for lunch with the other students have their lunch is so funny.

Sex in the City 2

Sex in the City 2 takes a silly look at using sushi to entice a romantic interlude. Samantha covers sexy areas of her naked body. Waiting for her lover when the phone rings and she obviously can't answer the phone.

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. The visual of this scene is what is funny, not the dialogue.

Monsters, Inc

Pixar favorite is Monsters, Inc where we watch Mike, the green one-eyed friend of Sulley takes Celia out for a special sushi dinner. We see the exaggerated greetings of sushi chefs upon the monsters 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 follows Albert Brooks' character after he dies by getting hit by a bus while driving his brand new BMW.

He ends up in Judgment City, defending his life. 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 the over-the-top hospitality of sushi chefs.

The movie is fun to watch and stars Meryl Streep. Her character goes through Judgment better than Brooks' character, the prevailing theme through the movie, which is funny in itself.

Your Favorite Sushi Scenes

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 imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      6 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.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

      Justin W Price 

      6 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 :-)

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