East Side Sushi

Though the story is straightforward, Torres' fierce performance gives it passion and energy...Takeuchi...shines as quiet but supportive co-worker Aki.


East Side Sushi

Years of working in the food industry have made Juana's hands fast -- very fast. She can slice and dice anything you throw at her with great speed and precision. When she gives up her fruit-vending cart to find a more secure job, she lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant. Here she finds a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far removed from everything she has ever known.

While working there Juana secretly observes the sushi chefs and eventually teaches herself to make a multitude of sushi. With her creativity sparked, Juana's re-ignited passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life.

Juana eventually attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is deemed the "wrong" race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self- discovery, determined not to let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.
Drama, Food
English, Spanish, Japanese
Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

“East Side Sushi" is as homegrown a production as the farmers market up the street. Not only was it filmed in Oakland, where it flashes some of the city's major attractions -- the soothing beauty of Lake Merritt, the regalness of the Grand Lake Theatre, the cultural vitality of the Fruitvale ...

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