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East Side Sushi (2014)

PG | | Drama | 18 September 2015 (USA)
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Single mom Juana can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Lucero

Writer:

Anthony Lucero
11 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Elizabeth Torres ... Juana
Yutaka Takeuchi ... Aki
Rodrigo Duarte Clark Rodrigo Duarte Clark ... Apa
Kaya Jade Aguirre Kaya Jade Aguirre ... Lydia
Roji Oyama Roji Oyama ... Mr. Yoshida
Miyoko Sakatani ... Mrs. Yoshida
Lane Nishikawa Lane Nishikawa ... Jimmy Nishida
Melissa Locsin Melissa Locsin ... TV Show Coordinator
James J. Der Jr. ... Kyung
Bartholomew Wang ... Robert
Edwin Li Edwin Li ... Billy
Jesus Fuentes Jesus Fuentes ... Victor
Kathleen Park Kathleen Park ... Waitress #1
Sara Matsui-Colby ... Waitress #2
Tomoharu Nakamura Tomoharu Nakamura ... Hitoshi Watanabe
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Single mom Juana can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. Intrigued by the food, she learns to make a multitude of sushi on her own. Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the 'wrong' race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream. Written by Anonymous

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Not your typical Mexican cuisine. See more »

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Drama

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Rated PG for brief violence, suggestive content and mild language | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sushi árnyékos oldalán See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA

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Gross USA:

$3,500,000
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Color:

Color (Fujicolor)| Color
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Won: Naples International Film Festival 2014- Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature

Nominated: The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival 2015: Best Actress: Diana Elizabeth Torres Best Director: Anthony Lucero Best Screenplay: Anthony Lucero See more »

Quotes

Apa: [to Lydia about sushi] Go on, try it. It won't kill you right away.
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Love Again (Amar de Nuevo)
Written and produced by Alex Mandel
Performed by CAVA & Alex Mandel
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A Beautifully Told Story of Hope, Determination, Family and Friendship
23 September 2015 | by markbreseeSee all my reviews

Behind the scenes at our favorite restaurants are the hidden, talented and relentlessly hard-working individuals who are instrumental in delivering the dining experience, but all too often do not share the spotlight. This is a film about a tough, young single mother who tries to move out from behind the scenes.

But it so much more than that -- it is a touching, funny, inspirational film about family, parenting, cross-cultural friendship and understanding, breaking glass ceilings and cultural barriers, and determination. Most importantly, the story unfolds and the characters develop (and some, evolve) at a perfect, subtle pace. In these days of hateful, sound-bite generalizing and bashing of people who do not look like me, this film is a reminder of how wrong the talking heads are.


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