East Side Sushi
CAST: Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi, Rodrigo Duarte Clark, Roji Oyama, Miyoko Sakatani DIRECTOR: Anthony Lucero TCC DIVERSITY FILM SERIES
East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a working-class Latina single mother. Forced to give up her fruit-vending cart in order to find a more secure job, Juana lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant and discovers a whole new world of cuisine and culture, as well as a new friend. While working in the restaurant's kitchen, Juana secretly observes the sushi chefs and eventually teaches herself to make a multitude of sushi. Her creativity sparked, Juana's re-ignited passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life. 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.
Post Film Discussion
There will be a community discussion hosted by the Tacoma Community College following the evening screening in the lower lobby of The Grand Cinema. Post-film discussions at The Grand Cinema offer you a richer experience at the movies with the opportunity to connect with others who enjoy film and meaningful conversations.
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
Though the story is straightforward, Torres' fierce performance gives it passion and energy. It's perfectly counterpointed by that of Yutaka Takeuchi, who shines as quiet but supportive co-worker Aki.Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film