A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story | 武士の献立 J-Film

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC

Adapted from the wildly popular manga by Mari Yamazaki and winner of the 2010 Manga Grand Prix and the 14th Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize - Short Story Award.

In the Edo period, Haru (Aya Ueto), a talented cook with an excellent sense of taste, is asked to marry Yasunobu Funaki (Kengo Kora), the son of the samurai chef of the Kaga clan. For generations, the Funaki samurai have wielded the kitchen knife instead of the sword as the Kaga clan’s chefs or “kitchen samurai.” Regularly preparing food for the nobility, their skills have made Kaga cuisine legendary.

Haru agrees to marry Yasunobu, but discovers that he has no talent whatsoever in the kitchen. With the family name on the line, Haru decides to help the family teach Yasunobu how to cook and make him into a proper “kitchen samurai.”

For their roles in this film, Aya Ueto and Kimiko Yo were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, at the 2013 Japan Academy Awards.

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