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EAST SIDE SUSHI on DVD and Digital May 3, 2016
In his directorial debut, Anthony Lucero serves up a delectable fusion of heart and humor in the underdog story of a Latina single mother determined to become a sushi chef despite being the “wrong” race and gender. Featuring a breakout performance from newcomer Diana Elizabeth Torres (Inherent Vice) and co-starring Yutaka Takeuchi (TV’s “True Blood”), this sweet and savory festival favorite from Samuel Goldwyn Films arrives on DVD and Digital with tasty bonus features, including the making-of featurette “Behind the Sushi.”
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.
It’s a charming film about a Mexican single mother who lives with her father and young daughter in Oakland California and who wants to be a self-supporting chef. When father and daughter speak it is in Spanish but the English subtitles are VERY easy to read). The food photography is just an added bonus to a great script by writer/director Anthony Lucero (in his directorial debut).
The lead actress, Diana Elizabeth Torres is amazing and I look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
The DVD has three bonuses: The first is two deleted scenes, which only last a few minutes. Then there are two “featurettes” One is the “behind the scenes” and another is “behind the music”. Together they run 17 minutes and, unlike many similar ones that are filled by repeating scenes from the film, these really add to the enjoyment.
I received EAST SIDE SUSHI to give my honest opinion!