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.

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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.
Genre
Drama, Food
Runtime
107
Language
English, Spanish, Japanese
FEATURED REVIEW
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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