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.
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Anthony Lucero did a wonderful job with this film, conveying an important message through a cross-cultural lens. The narrative was very creative, inspiring, and left me with an intense craving for sushi. While the pacing in the very beginning of the film seemed a bit slow, it does not take long for it to pick up. I particularly appreciated both the empowerment of women and latinos that Lucero so carefully executed.
Local/organic/sustainable cinema! Excellent performances in this feminist/foodie/Latina indie, shot in and around Oakland, California. And the sushi is so mouth-watering that as soon as the film got out I had to go to the Japanese restaurant across the street from the theater and get some :-)
East Side Sushi is a great film that is widely multi-cultural and a fresh glimpse outside of the norm of everyday life. The main character (Juana) must journey through a long period of finding herself in her new workplace, and it's a wild ride following beside her
Anthony Lucero's East Side Sushi is a heartwarming family film about Juana, a young woman with dreams of becoming a master sushi chef. The film is set in California and does a fantastic job of showing the struggles of poverty and wanting to achieve one's dreams. This movie serves as an inspirational picture to viewers while still being an entertaining movie at the same time. I would recommend this film to any family.
Lovely film with a great message about continuing to challenge yourself to learn about new and different things/people/places. Torres and Takeuchi shine. The editing could be tightened by removing some awkward acting moments in the 1st & 2nd acts. Good nod to the plight of Latino workers stuck in the kitchens of great restaurants all over the U.S., often with terrible working conditions, low wages, and no benefits.