So last Sunday I caught a screening of the film ‘A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story’ which is showing as part of the Japanese Film Festival – Sydney and Parramatta.
It was a beautifully-shot, light-hearted drama set during Japan’s Edo Period, about a talented young cook named Haru who processes an extraordinary palette for flavours. Impressed by her talent she is convinced by the famous chef Dennai to marry his son Yasunobu, the heir of the Funkai family, a prestigious family of Samuriai chefs that serve the Kaga domain. The film centres on how Haru teaches her husband, who is very disinterested in being a chef – the joys of cooking and the skills of creating fine cuisine.
Overall, I had a great experience at the Japanese Film Festival at Events Cinema George St. as they showed the film in one of the larger screens. I also was surprised by the diversity of the crowd present – It wasn’t just the Otaku crowd you would come to expect, but many younger and older people people coming from different cultural backgrounds, coming as groups and also with their families.
I enjoyed my time so much at the Festival that I plan on going again tonight to watch ‘Tokyo Tribe’, a film about Tokyo’s underbelly set as a rap battle. Interesting, VERY IN-TERESTING…
The Japanese Film Festival is currently running in Sydney and Parramatta from 13 – 23 November, so you might wanna hurry to catch a screening before it’s gone.
$18 – Adult
$15 – Concession
$75 – 5 film pass
$13.50 – Group Booking (10+)
If you would like more info about the festival, please visit their website at japanesefilmfestival.net