Japanese films focused on food

Mindy Varner mvarner
Mon Aug 13 22:19:26 EDT 2007

This is in response to Matthew Bernstein's query about Japanese films related 
to food. I would suggest director Katsuyuki Motohiro's "Udon"(2006). Our 
university recently acquired this film. I screened it and found it charming in 
a mild, "Tampopo-lite" sort of way. I've included a plot summary from the 
website below.

Yusuke Santamaria and Manami Konishi star in this amazing film about soul food 
from the minds of the "Bayside Shakedown" team! Kosuke comes to hate small 
town life and moves to New York after a fight with his father. However, he 
meets frustration after frustration, and on the verge of ruin from loans 
decides to return back to his small town. But when he returns, he finds 
nothing has changed, his sister still worries about him, his father is still 
pounding away at noodles, his friends are the same, and there's still a bowl 
of udon waiting for him when he gets home. But once Kosuke learns to love 
udon, he finds a will and a way of his own! Standard edition includes bonus 
disc (details subject to change).

Mindy Varner
mvarner at lamar.colostate.edu
Colorado State University
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Colorado State University
Box 1774 
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 290-0058 (mobile)

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