East Side Sushi (2016)

by | May 29, 2016 | DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews

A heartwarming story about never giving up on your dreams.

East Side Sushi (2016)

Cast: Diana Torrese, Yukata Takeuchi, Rodrigo Clark
Director: Anthony Lucero
Studio: Sony Pictures 47500 (5/6/16)
Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080i HD color
Audio: English DD 5.1
Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, English SDH
Extras: Deleted scenes, “Behind the Sushi,” “Behind the Music”
Length: 106 min.
Rating: ****

This engaging feature got a 100% score at Rotten Tomatoes. It concerns a Latino single mother who lives with her small daughter and her father. She has run a fruit-vending cart for years but is just not making it.

She passes a Japanese restaurant which is looking for workers and is intrigued by both the food and security and benefits. She even learns to fuse sushi with her own Mexican culture and becomes a professional sushi chef. She is aided in her quest by a friendly Japanese sushi chef in the restaurant, but the owner of the place shuts her out not only due to her race being wrong but also because she is a woman.

She fights back, and even takes part in a TV show competition, where she comes in second. But in the end she is allowed to become a full-fledged sushi chef in the same restaurant.

—John Sunier

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