I’ve always looked forward to Japan Foundation’s Eiga Sai, but this year’s festival sounds more fun than ever because of the theme: food!
One thing I can say about the Japanese is that they do food porn like nobody’s business. It’s one thing that they do close-up shots of food really very well–so well, that you can almost smell a bowl of ramen as they capture the heat rising from it, or imagine reaching out to touch nigiri sushi when they present it, all pretty and lined up on a clean dish, or just fawn over the sight of flower-shaped wagashi. And then of course, everyone knows how meticulous the Japanese are when it comes to presentation, even if the plating is very simple.
So, I don’t think I can resist documentaries like “The God of Ramen,” about a ramen master who even schooled people who wanted to open their own ramen shops. Or “Wa-shoku,” which shows how Japanese chefs go through all that trouble to make such delicate sushi, sashimi, noodles, and other traditional dishes. No, I can’t and I won’t. It’ll probably make me want to go to a Japanese restaurant afterwards, though…
At the press con, we got to see the trailer for “The God of Ramen” and right then and there you could tell it was amazing and emotional, especially after they told us that the god of ramen Kazuo Yamagashi died just last year. You can check it out here: