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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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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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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 »

Quotes

Juana: Sometimes I think you're just happy with us working, but never succeeding at anything.
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Soundtracks

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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Exceptional Work in Entrenched World...
9 January 2015 | by sacredridgejcSee all my reviews

I approached screen time with cynicism. "What can this movie show me that I don't already know?" The answers came quickly and sustained me with sublime surprises.

Flawless acting that is displayed with an authentic, non-acting-documentary-predisposed delivery. It's a gem that permeated into every character. I could not pinpoint a weak performance...

Framed in a thematically predictable outcome, the film delicately balances the contrite notions of gender, culture and ambition with refreshing human authenticity that ultimately defines its redeeming value.


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