These were the last words of a fugitive killer before he was executed in a new film from South Korea called THE RECIPE. What would cause a killer on the run to stop and savor a bowl of soybean paste stew (된장 찌개 – doenjang jjigae) while the police caught up to and arrested him? It must have been truly amazing.
TV Producer Choi Yu-jin sees an interesting story behind this, and starts investigating what made this bowl of stew so special. A mystery slowly unfolds regarding the disappearance of the cook, a young lady named Jang Hye-jin. Choi visits farms in the area to figure out all of the ingredients that went into this stew, in the process uncovering a love story.
This is director Anna Lee’s second feature film, and the first one since her debut “Rub Love” 12 years ago. She was also notable as a 19 year old screenwriter on Park Cheol-Su’s 1995 film 301/302. See reviews for THE RECIPE at Variety and Film Business Asia.
THE RECIPE Showtimes (tickets go on sale March 23rd, 2011)
Actress Yu Aoi had her debut role in Shunji Iwai’s ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU (2001), went on to star in HONEY AND CLOVER & HULA GIRLS (2006), and has even had voice acting roles in anime films TEKKON KINKREET and REDLINE. She’s back in 2011 with PATISSERIE COIN DE RUE (translated from French as Pastry Corner).
She plays Natsume, a young girl from the country coming to Tokyo in search of her fiance. When arriving at the pastry shop the film is named after, she finds that he no longer works there.
After going through a range of emotions, she asks for a job there, since she has experience at her parents’ small town cake shop. She almost gets declined due to the high end requirements of the pastry shop, but eventually Natsume is brought on as an apprentice.
Meanwhile, legendary patissier Tomura (Yosuke Eguchi) is a regular at the shop. He suddenly left the field 8 years ago, but still teaches at culinary schools and writes books about the topic. We see Natsume grow as a pastry chef (including the inevitable mistakes made) and her interactions with Tomura are a big part of the film.
PATISSERIE COIN DE RUE Showtimes (tickets go on sale March 23rd, 2011)
While this last film doesn’t exactly fit in with the “foodie” theme, it is somewhat food related. HONEY (Bal in Turkish) is the third and final film in Semih Kaplanoğlu’s “Yusuf” trilogy. The previous films are Milk (Süt – 2008) and Egg (Yumurta – 2007), and are in reverse chronological order, the main character in his mid 30’s, then as a high school graduate, and finally as a boy of six. HONEY won the Golden Bear award (best film) at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010. It’s a more dark and serious film, exploring Yusuf’s relationship with his parents, including his father who collects honey from tall trees in the forest, and struggles in school which lead him to become a poet later in life.
HONEY Showtimes (tickets go on sale March 23rd, 2011)