East Side Sushi

Synopsis: 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. 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Anthony Lucero
Production: Samuel Douek/Hola Mexico Film Festival
  11 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min


Did you check last night's lottery numbers?


Are we millionaires?



I didn't want to give

up that fruit cart yet.

Let's go, mi amor.


Wake up.

Time for school.

Are you feeling okay?

I'm okay, Ma.

Learn something new, okay?


I'll do the cart today.


Pa, look.

I don't have to be at work 'til 6.

But I can help with...

Go home and rest.

What's this?

Lime juice.

For what?

It's cheaper, and less work.

Well it tastes cheaper.

And sea salt tastes better too.

Don't buy that stuff.

Since you're here, I'm going to open

up the store for Charlie.

And then you go home?

Yes. And then I go home.

Spare change?

Anything would be much appreciated.

God bless you.

Hey, I need you to close tonight.

Uh, Charlie, I have to pick up my daughter.

Can I get some mango-s?

I'll take some of her mango's.

Come on. Come on. Come on.

Thanks, princesa.

Give me the money!

Open up the cooler.

Dump it out!

Stay on the ground!

Don't look up!

Or I'll shoot you in the damn face.

Got it.

They took everything.

Not everything.

Look, tomorrow...

...I'll do the fruit cart.

Didn't you hear?

Did you not hear the part

where I almost got killed today?

They've been robbing fruit vendors

all month.

You've gotta give up that stupid cart.

It's not worth it.

Yes but...

I can't start a business.

The fruit cart is a respectable job.

You're not going to

be able to retire off selling fruit.

That cart takes both of us.

And I can't keep pulling Lydia out of bed

at 4 every morning.

I'll ask Charlie if I

can put in more hours.

But if not, I have to do that cart.


You're still awake.

How'd you say you hurt your face again?

The cart rolled right off

the back of the curb,

and bam.

Right in the face.

And it hit your leg too?

It's heavy, honey.

Almost landed right on top of me.

Stupid cart.

We're giving it up anyways.

Come here.

Hello, Pedro.

Hola, Jorge.

He smelled the meat.

Hey, you wanna see my new dog?

Look at the baby.


Hey, I got beer.


Juana, I swear this is the best came asada.

You could buy your own taco truck.

You'd make a fortune.

You've got talent, Juana.

Juana, a customer complained

about weights on the floor.

We wouldn't want someone

tripping over one of these things

and filing a lawsuit, all right?

Konnichiwa. How many'?

I'd like to apply for

the "help wanted" position.

Do you have experience

working in the kitchen?

Yes, lots.

It's very busy right now.

But you come back on Thursday

at 9:
00 a.m. for interview.

Does the job have medical benefits?

Yes, after three months.

For sure, yeah.

I can be here.

Thanks. Thank you.

Floor it!

Like that?

Just turn it off.

There's a restaurant downtown

that's looking for an assistant cook.

What happened to the job at the gym?

They're not going to hire me full-time.

What restaurant?





Doesn't sound Mexican to me.



What's wrong with the taquerias

on East 14th?

I tried those already.

And I'm tired of taquerias.

This place looks...


And their medical benefits

kick in after three months.


Is it the place where they throw the shrimp

into the air and catch it with their hats?

No, I don't think so.

I'd rather you work at a taqueria,

so you can bring home some tacos.

I can still bring food home.

Yeah, but Japanese.

Who wants to eat rice with

sukiyaki every night?

You don't know. Maybe they

have something besides rice.

I have an interview with them tomorrow.


Just make sure you are doing

what's best for your daughter.

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Anthony Lucero

Anthony Lucero (born November 1, 1967 in Los Angeles, California) is an American poet, not to be mistaken for Anthony Lucero director of East Side Sushi. He is also known for his work as a screenwriter, director, actor, producer and journalist. He is the founder of the circus outreach organization, Circus Remedy, as well as the independent publishing house, Putzina Press. more…

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