Consulates General of Japan & Mexico Hold Joint Film Screening With Japan Foundation


On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, a joint film screening and reception for “East Side Sushi” was held by the Consulate General of Japan, Consulate General of Mexico, and Japan Foundation in Los Angeles. The event took place at the CCCM Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts’ theater and gallery as part of the Mexican Consulate’s “Consular Movie Club.” It was also attended by actors Ms. Diana Elizabeth Torres and Mr. Yutaka Takeuchi who played the main characters in the film. Additionally, sushi was prepared by Mr. Andy Matsuda, chef and owner of Sushi Chef Institute, who trained the actors for their roles.

“East Side Sushi,” also known as “Sushi a la Mexicana,” is a 2014 feature film by director Anthony Lucero about a Latina single mother, Juana (Diana Elizabeth Torres), who aspires to become a sushi chef. She soon finds herself under the tutelage of Chef Aki (Yutaka Takeuchi) at a local Japanese restaurant in Oakland where she challenges the basic definition of Japanese food with her own sushi-making techniques. The independent film was released to critical acclaim, earning many positive reviews.

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Consul General of Mexico Carlos Eugenio García de Alba Zepeda
and Deputy Consul General of Japan Hiroki Matsuo share drinks
Ms. Diana Elizabeth Torres, Mr. Andy Matsuda
and Mr. Yutaka Takeuchi enjoy their reunion

Mr. Takeuchi and Ms. Torres react to comments
during the opening program
Mr. Hideki Hara, Director of the Japan Foundation Los Angeles,
hosts a post-screening Q&A

Guests enjoy sushi and “kushiage
prepared by Chef Andy Matsuda of Sushi Chef Institute
Guests peruse materials provided
by the Consulate General of Japan Los Angeles.