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 »


Anthony Lucero


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





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 ... TV Show Coordinator
James J. Der Jr. ... Kyung
Bartholomew Wang Bartholomew Wang ... Robert
Edwin LI Edwin LI ... Billy (as Edwin Li)
Jesus Fuentes Jesus Fuentes ... Victor
Kathleen Park Kathleen Park ... Waitress #1
Sara Matsui-Colby ... Waitress #2
Tomoharu Nakamura Tomoharu Nakamura ... Hitoshi Watanabe


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 »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Diana Elizabeth Torres and Yutaka Takeuchi learned how to make sushi at the Sushi Chef Institute to make an accurate portrayal of their characters See more »


Aki: If I walked into a taqueria and I saw a bunch of *asians* cooking the food,
[Juana laughs]
Aki: I'd probably think twice.
Juana: Sure. Maybe. But, if that same taqueria had all latino workers and just one asian... one asian, would that be okay?
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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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Very Thought Provoking and Timely
23 May 2016 | by daveprideSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie and found it very thought provoking. It's not every day that a movie comes out that addresses race, gender inequality, and low-income families. The movie starts a little slow but is totally worth the watch and I would recommend watching this with your daughter and discussing equal pay, gender discrimination, and diversity once it's over. I was a little suspicious that the movie may be too cheesy but it turned out to be a very nice flick. The characters felt very authentic and since I live in Maine it exposed me to some ways of life that I am not familiar with. I also think this would be a great classroom movie that could inspire a lot of great conversations and a discussions.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

East Side Sushi See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »


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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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