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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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Aki
Rodrigo Duarte Clark ...
Apa
Kaya Jade Aguirre ...
Roji Oyama ...
Mr. Yoshida
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Mrs. Yoshida
Lane Nishikawa ...
Jimmy Nishida
Melissa Locsin ...
TV Show Coordinator
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Kyung
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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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Not your typical Mexican cuisine. 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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Aki: [showing the octopus] Tako.
Juana: Ah... like a taco?
[gesturing for the mexican cuisine]
Aki: Yeah, I guess so.
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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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Exceptional Work in Entrenched World...
9 January 2015 | by See 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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