Boleh Sushi, homemade sushi restaurant

If you've read up Sumolah's story synopsis, you'd realise that alot of our scenes are placed in a homey family run sushi restaurant run by Honda (Patrick Teoh) and his daughter, Siti (Sai). This is where Ramlee (Afdlin) ends up working and gets conned into joining their sumo wrestling team.

As most of our key scenes will be shot in Boleh Sushi, it was such a headache for our team to look for a location suitable for the film. We sought and bargained with people of existing Japanese sushi restaurants. But of course, no one would let us shut down their business to let us shoot in their premises for more than two weeks! We'd have to buy out their business lah like that! So we went for the choice of building a sushi restaurant from scratch!

Seeking all over town, we rented out a new shop lot unit in Bandar Puteri Puchong, near Giant Supermarket which was the perfect location for us. A corner lot which could look like three shops in a row.

The idea initially was to put two more shops beside Boleh Sushi on the left and right, for some of the film's story set ups. We'll also build up some mamak stalls for a few scenes later on.

So this is what the place looks like BEFORE. And who was left in charge to make a miracle out of this lot in FOUR short days? Paul Hasham was our film's set builder. First time building anything for a film, and previously only having ever built sets for theatre and real homes, this was his craziest moments, I bet! Hahah.. FOUR days. His deadline was insane.

And this is the result AFTER---

When I walked into the restaurant the first time on Sunday...

OMG. I really felt like it was a real restaurant. You wouldn't have guessed that behind the plywood panellings from the outside, that this was a bonafide Sushi restaurant! Art Department boleh!

So Sunday was pre-light day, where the crew got themselves busy adjusting to how the cameras are going to move about for today's scenes. And they started rigging up the lights.

This is Boleh Sushi! We even have the signage for it! Innit cool?! ^_^ Even the uniforms of the cast as staff of the restaurant has cool patches sewed on. Remind me to get pics of that later.

Today's scene was the re-opening of Boleh Sushi, hence all the flowers. It's a big scene with all the cast in it - Afdlin, Inthira @ Sai, Gurmit, Awie, Radhi Khalid, Kartina Aziz, Ben Tan, Sabrina Hassan, Chichi & Mohd Afif (the little boy from PGL the Musical).

The camera on a track, inside Boleh Sushi.

The crew, taking it easy in between takes.

Boleh Sushi's exterior.

If you happen to be in the Bandar Puteri neighbourhood, and see these massive lights and generator vans outside, you know its the Sumolah crew... We'll be there til late July.

posted by zona marie @ 2:16 AM,


At 9:26 AM, Blogger Lizzam said...

got real sushi or not?if got you can have me dining there. might even start off a real businees, yeah?

At 10:47 AM, Blogger midnite lily said...

got! heeheehee... come become an extra!

At 2:43 AM, Blogger Min said...

Good job, Paul! From the photos the place looks great! Makes me wish there was a real sushi restaurant which looks like that.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger midnite lily said...

you should come see the set Min! be an extra too! ^_~


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