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East Side Sushi

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Anthony Lucero

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About the Movie

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, which provides security and benefits. Intrigued by the food, she learns to make a multitude of sushi on her own, fusing it with her own culture. When she attempts to become a sushi chef, she is shut down since she is the ‘wrong’ race and gender. Against all odds, Juana embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 18
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Anthony Lucero's delectable debut feature has its share of on-the-nose writing and Cinderella-story contrivances, but for the most part folds its cross-cultural insights into a pleasing underdog narrative. – Justin Chang, Variety, Sep 21, 2015

Fresh: Though the film has trappings of a crowd-pleaser like Jon Favreau's "Chef," writer-director Anthony Lucero has left much thematically to unpack. – Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, Sep 19, 2015

Fresh: Endearing performances, accomplished low-budget filmmaking and a distinctive urban setting all add up to an appetizing offering. – Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 21, 2015

Fresh: East Side Sushi captures the grind and pleasure of the food industry as Juana shifts from numbing routine to a challenging cuisine. – Serena Donadoni, Village Voice, Sep 25, 2015

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Customer Reviews


Nice inspirational movie
We can do all we want!


Loved this movie, it's is a story about a woman seeing and learning outside the box we put each other in.

Wonderful Film

Wish they made movies like this more often. Great and realistic story. Uplifting as well

East Side Sushi
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2015

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