Sure, the dogs are cute and the story is heartwarming. But the real star of Isle of Dogs is a 45-second sushi scene towards the end of the movie, and it’s time we talked about it.
Wes Anderson’s latest film is set in a futuristic city in Japan that outlaws dogs after a “dog flu” epidemic. A 12-year-old boy named Atari goes to Trash Island, where the dogs have been banished, in order to rescue his guard dog, Spots. Along the way he meets a band of former pets and their leader, Chief. The film is not without flaws, and has been criticized for a one-dimensional fetishization of Japanese culture that borders on cultural appropriation. It is also praised for it’s stunning visuals, especially around food and the sushi scene in question.