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East Side Sushi (2014)

PG | | Drama | 18 September 2015 (USA)
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 »

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9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Juana
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Aki
Rodrigo Duarte Clark ...
Apa
Kaya Jade Aguirre ...
Lydia
Roji Oyama ...
Mr. Yoshida
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Mrs. Yoshida
Lane Nishikawa ...
Jimmy Nishida
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TV Show Coordinator
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Kyung
Bartholomew Wang ...
Robert
Edwin Li ...
Billy
Jesus Fuentes ...
Victor
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Waitress #1
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Waitress #2
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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Where East Oakland meets the Far East 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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Sushi a la mexicana  »

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'East Side Sushi' was shown as one of a group of low budget, socially significant films in 2016 with funds provided by the New York State Council of the Arts. 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 (San Diego. CA) – See 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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