Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mourning Recipe (四十九日のレシピ)Recipe of 49 Days

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 Mourning Recipe”has officially been invited to enter the Focus on World Cinema section of the Montreal International Film Festival which will take place from August 22nd to September 2nd, 2013. The section focuses on the noteworthy films of the world. The Japanese film,“The Mourning Reciepe”also depicts the ancient Japanese tradition of mourning in which the deceased is believed to be at the state of intermediate existence between one’s death and rebirth which is 49 days in Japan. The mourning of 49 days is the time to respect the memory of the deceased and also reflect on life and death through the memory of the deceased and search for the spiritual transcendence. It is also a time for the families left behind to confront the death of the person in the relaxed state of mind.from: Cinecrayon
Poster below:

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

Renji Ishibashi (石橋 蓮司 Ishibashi Renji), born August 9, 1941 in Shinagawa, Tokyo is a Japanese actor and voice actor. He won the award for best supporting actor at the 15th Hochi Film Award for Rōnin-gai. from Cinecrayon
Fumi Nikaido as the sex addicted reform girl sent to search for the mourning recipe and to look after the old man

Fumi Nikaido was born on September 21, 1994 in Naha, a southern coastal town on Okinawa Island, the largest island in the Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. At age twelve she was scouted by Sony Music Artists after her picture appeared in an Okinawa edition of ‘Picture Book of Beautiful Girls’, a free regional publication that features local amateurs as models.
This early discovery created the opportunity for her to work as a model and television actress while still in her early teens. Nikaido began to appear regularly in prominent fashion and lifestyle magazines and her ‘girl next door’ look quickly helped her garner roles in television campaigns for companies ranging from Tokyu Electric Railway (2007) to Koikeya Potato Chips (2009/2010), among other nationally distributed advertisements. from Cinecrayon
The movie features a Japanese-Brazilian character, hula, 

and Hawaiian Queen Lili’uokalani’s song “Aloha Oe.”

we enjoyed the movie as the characters kept us entertained, language was not an issue, and the line that affected us most was
 "silly girl, such an important piece of information she did not tell me while she was alive"
so, whatever one  want to tell one's  loved one, for heaven's sake, TELL NOW before one dies!!!! 

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