Food and movies make
a good combination, just
look at Tampopo!
Oh this would be music to my ears, a feast to my eyes and taste buds if I was living in Tokyo (or Osaka, mention that in a sec) – the annual Tokyo Gohan Film Festival is coming up from the 6th to the 21st October. 15 films about food from Japan and abroad will be shown and oh man I`d love to go along. This is its third year apparently. There`s a shorter spin-off food festival in Osaka from the 6th to the 14th, for anyone living there.
Tampopo, Itami`s seminal film from 1985, will feature. I love that film and have watched it over and over. Julie and Julia I have also seen and it wasn`t bad but Meryl Streep`s accent drove me mad. Just which accent from Britain was she trying to cover exactly?? Her acting was a bit hammed up but the person on whom it was based – Julia Childs – must have been a very eccentric character as you rarely see Meryl Streep being hammy. Except maybe Mamma Mia. I never saw that but it involves Abba so…. You tell me was M.S. hammy in that?
Two Japanese films I`ve not heard of yet are Kamome Shokudo (Kamome Diner) and Pengin fuku no tsukurikata (How to make a penguin couple – the name alone is curious) and they look good according to the descriptions.
I was actually looking for a J-drama to watch a few weeks ago and came across a foodie drama. It was set in Sapporo incidentally which is partly why I was interested. However, after about ten minutes I just had to turn it off because the acting was terrible and big colourful lettering kept appearing on the screen distracting me from what was being said (yeah I should have been used to that from my time watching tv in Japan but it`s still annoying) and so, despite wanting to watch something about food and set in Sapporo, I decided I wasn`t really that desperate. I can`t even remember the name now but it had curry in the title.
Sapporo by the way does a great ramen – yummm. Anyone visiting Sapporo should try the ramen there. Then there`s the stew named, curiously, after Genghis Khan, which is delicious as well and appropriate given the temperatures in Hokkaido.