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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 »

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... Juana
... Aki
Rodrigo Duarte Clark ... Apa
Kaya Jade Aguirre ... Lydia
Roji Oyama ... Mr. Yoshida
... Mrs. Yoshida
Lane Nishikawa ... Jimmy Nishida
Melissa Locsin ... TV Show Coordinator
... Kyung
... Robert
Edwin Li ... Billy
Jesus Fuentes ... Victor
... Waitress #1
... 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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Rated PG for brief violence, suggestive content and mild language | See all certifications »
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18 September 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A sushi árnyékos oldalán  »

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$3,500,000
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Was selected by the University of Southern California and the State Department for the 2016-2017 American Film Showcase. See more »

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Apa: [to Lydia about sushi] Go on, try it. It won't kill you right away.
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East Side Sushi Score
Composed and produced by Alex Mandel
Performed by Alex Mandel
Strings conducted by Minna Choi & performed by The Magik*Magik Orchestra
Percussion by David Brandt
Published by Vineland Records / Modern Works Publishing (ASCAP)
Record and mixed at 25th Street Recording - Oakland, CA
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A Beautifully Told Story of Hope, Determination, Family and Friendship
23 September 2015 | by 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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