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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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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
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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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 (USA)
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Won: Naples International Film Festival 2014- Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature

Nominated: The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival 2015: Best Actress: Diana Elizabeth Torres Best Director: Anthony Lucero Best Screenplay: Anthony Lucero 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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Very Thought Provoking and Timely
23 May 2016 | by (Maine) – See 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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