The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

3 February to 29 March 2017

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

Showing at:

Exeter Phoenix
16 March 2002

ICA
16 February 2007

Watershed
16 February 2020

Broadway
16 March 2020

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
16 February 2024

Brewery Arts Centre
16 February 2025

Showroom Cinema
16 February 2028