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