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A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story (2013)

Bushi no kondate (original title)
During the Edo Period of Japan, an excellent cook marries the heir to a renowned cooking family. However, her husband is a terrible chef. With the help of her new mother-in-law, she begins to teach him the ways of the culinary arts.

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Yûzô Asahara

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Yûzô Asahara (screenplay), Michio Kashiwada (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aya Ueto ... Haru Funaki
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Yasunobu Funaki
Kimiko Yo ... Mitsuru Funaki
Riko Narumi
Tasuku Emoto
Kenta Hamano Kenta Hamano
Hana Ebise Hana Ebise
Ayane Ômori Ayane Ômori
Toshiki Ayata Toshiki Ayata
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eri Fuse
Manabu Ino Manabu Ino
Shizuka Izumi Shizuka Izumi
Takeshi Kaga
Mitsuki Kuromatsu Mitsuki Kuromatsu
Ichirôta Miyakawa
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Set within the Kaga Domain in the Edo Period. Oharu is an excellent cook and recognized for her skills. Due to her cooking talents, she marries Yasunobu, who is an heir in the Funaki family. The Funaki family serves as the cook for the Kaga Domain. Nevertheless, Yasunobu himself is a terrible cook. With the help of Oharu's mother-in-law Mitsuru, she begins to teach Yasunobu how to cook. Written by asianwiki

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 December 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan See more »

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$4,968,780
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Looks great, but lacks story
14 November 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

I'm a blood-and-thunder action fan myself, so A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING wasn't exactly my ideal film; however, I'm occasionally surprised by art-house cinema in general, so I decided to give this slow-burning drama a chance. Plus it has the word 'samurai' in the title, which is promising.

Unfortunately, it turns out to be a largely dull film, a movie whose subtleties are wasted on the international viewer. The story is ostensibly about a young wife teaching her husband the delicate arts of cookery, but in reality it's more about gender politics in Edo era Japan. Scenes of cooking and feasting are actually few and far between and while samurai action is hinted at, it never goes all-out.

So what's this film about then? Well, not a lot, as it happens. It certainly looks fantastic, with close attention to period detail, and the performances are as subtle and realistic as you could wish for. But everything that happens in it feels so slight, so restrained, that I ended up getting bored by the whole thing. When I watch a film, I want to be involved in high stakes drama and tension; I want to be taken out of the humdrum of everyday life to experience human existence at its most dramatic or involving. I didn't get that from A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING; it didn't even teach me anything new about the human condition.


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