Sushi sex: Japanese art porn comes to the Roxie

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By Juliette Tang

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No one does weird art porn like the Japanese, and this week, San Francisco gets to ride the bizarre train all the way to Tokyo. Inexplicably sexy and intentionally funny, Silence of the Sushi Rolls is coming to the Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) on Friday. Hurray for porn being shown in real theaters! And as a part of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival's Another Hole in the Head Fest, no less.

Why is it that when porn requires active subtitles, it magically becomes more high-brow? Because there's nothing high-brow about this movie. It's a guilty pleasure you won't want to write home about. And, that said, you should totally go to see it anyway. Silence of the Sushi Rolls is the fourth film in an amazingly ludicrous series of "action comedy" softcore films known as the "Female Detective Molester Buster" series. The hilarity of porn titles, it appears, transcends culture. My favorite title is the Female Detective Molester Buster 2: Catch You With My Breasts. Who knew boobs made for such great law enforcement equipment?

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In true Japanese softcore fashion, Silence of the Sushi Rolls kicks off with a woman getting molested. Those sensitive to scenes depicting sexual assault should take note not to attend (and to avoid all Japanese pornography henceforth). But to be fair, the assault scenes are so obviously fake and the attacks are so staged, it reminds me way more of that scene in Lost in Translation when an escort barges into Bill Murray's hotel room and starts rolling around on the floor screaming "Lip my stocking! Lip my stocking!" than anything else.

For those okay with the nature of Japanese softcore, or pink eiga, Silence of the Sushi Rolls is a campy, and ultimately satisfying, romp. When Claire, a sexual crimes investigator, tries to arrest a sex offender on a crowded train (of all places), he escapes by sticking a weird metal object in her vagina that momentarily incapacitates her. (A distant cousin to the steampunk vibe?) While she is investigating a stalking case later on in the film, she realizes that the stalker is somehow connected to her molester. Of course, being a party of the "Sexy S.W.A.T. Team," Claire takes matters into her own hands to solve the mystery and get her revenge on the evil molester. But because this is porn, not No Country for Old Men, Claire of course catches her assailant - and bares all in the process.

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As a bonus during the screening, viewers will be privy to a film called The Future of Fucking, presented by Kink.com. If you're interested in a preview, check out Kink's website Fucking Machines.

For more on Silence of the Sushi Rolls, check out the official listing from the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.