The Japanese movie shown on the Opening Night of the Japanese Film Festival had a strange title: Mourning Recipe or Recipe of 49 days which consisted of a book of illustrations done by the stepmother while she was alive
on life's lessons
life's recipes for success
and of course his and her favourite food.
The recipes somehow contained snippets and secrets not only of her seemingly mundane routine,
but will unravel mysteries and revelations hitherto unknown while she was living.
The Father who did not know much about his 2nd wife's life and past, seeking to find out about these only after she dies.
The Daughter who is taking a break from wayward but loving husband and contemplating a divorce because mistress is pregnant
Both embark on a journey of self discovery while discovering and unravelling the riddles of the cryptic recipes left behind by dead 2nd wife/mother whom they had grown to love.
The husband, the zany rehab girl, the Brazilian-Japanese hired help, the razor sharp tongued auntie
the four of them examines the funny recipe book
20 year old reformed girl, bullied boy, aggrieved father who just lost his wife, tortured infertile daughter who just left her husband, the husband who has been ensnared by a mistress who gets pregnant and wants to take over his life and apartment
Yuriko (Nagasaku Hiromi)
Hiromi as the daughter whose infertility causes her husband to have a baby with a mistress. She comes home to mull her impending divorce and to keep her father company, and in the process discovers things about her late step mother that she and her father did not know when she was alive.
"Hiromi Nagasaku (永作 博美 Nagasaku Hiromi, born October 14, 1970 in Namegata, Ibaraki) is a Japanese actress and singer. She was a member of the J-pop group Ribbon. Nagasaku appeared in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2003 film Doppelganger. She played a supporting role in the 2007 film Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!, for which she won the awards for Best Supporting Actress at the 32nd Hochi Film Awards and the Kinema Junpo magazine. She won the Best Supporting Actress award for Rebirth at the 35th Japan Academy Prize in 2012." from Cinecrayon
Renji Ishibashi as the depressed old man whose 2nd wife (whom he seems to know so little about) has just died
Fumi Nikaido as the sex addicted reform girl sent to search for the mourning recipe and to look after the old man
The movie features a Japanese-Brazilian character, hula,
and Hawaiian Queen Lili’uokalani’s song “Aloha Oe.”