The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016

IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema

5 February to 26 March 2016

Aberystwyth
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter

Kendal
Leicester
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Sheffield

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Noriben - The Recipe for Fortune

のんちゃんのり弁 (Nonchan no noriben)

Komaki (Manami Konishi) is a 31-year-old woman who decides to leave her aspiring writer but jobless husband and move back to her hometown, a small working-class district in Tokyo with her young daughter Non-chan. After the ‘noriben’ lunch box (a “bento” featuring toasted “nori” (seaweed) on rice) that she packed for Non-chan becomes a huge hit at school, Komaki decides to try and make ends meet by opening her own “bento” shop and offering inexpensive but undoubtedly delicious food.

This heartfelt human drama about a woman’s journey to independence features home cuisine created by food stylist Nami Iijima whose simple but appetising creations have also appeared in films such as Kamome Diner and Chef of the South Pole. It is guaranteed to whet your appetite!

ダメ亭主に愛想を尽かした31歳の主婦。夫には離婚届を突き付け、娘を連れて実家に戻るものの、新しい仕事はなかなか見つからない。そのうち、幼稚園に通う娘のために用意したのり弁が評判を集めていることを知った彼女は、弁当屋を開業することを決意。小料理屋に弟子入りし、再会を果たした初恋の同級生からプロポーズを受けたりする中で、新しい未来を切り開いていく。

監督: 緒方明
出演: 小西真奈美、岸部一徳、岡田義徳

Distributor: Kino Films

Director: Akira Ogata
Hiro Ando, Mitsuko Baisho, Ittoku Kishibe
2009, 107 min, English subtitles

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Showing at:

ICA
7 February 2016

Watershed
20 February 2016

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
24 February 2016

Brewery Arts Centre
25 February 2016

Showroom Cinema
28 February 2016

Exeter Phoenix
2 March 2016

Broadway
20 March 2016