Foodie films are wildly popular at HIFF, initiating many of our audience members to hit up a ramen shop or sake bar post-screenings. For the HIFF Spring Showcase, we have three films with food as a primary element to their stories. So, if you are in the mood for Japanese soba, Korean fried chicken, or farm-to-table dining, then we have a selection of films that will make your stomach grumble!
COMPLICTY focuses on Chen Liang, a Chinese man working illegally in Japan to send home money to his family. After purchasing a fake ID, he is accidentally sent a job opening at a countryside soba restaurant run by an aging chef. Chen Liang pretends to be the man on his ID, forming a close bond with the chef, who protects him from law enforcement and deportation. As Chen forges a life for himself, cultural barriers are broken down in the name of love and compassion.
From director Lee Byeong-Hun (TWENTY), comes hilarious crime drama, and mega-hit EXTREME JOB. When a crack five member police drug squad get the scoop on a major criminal organization, it seems to be the break of their careers. But there is a catch, they have to go undercover; running a fried chicken joint! But when the chicken restaurant suddenly becomes wildly popular, will the team stay cool under the deep fried pressure?
RESTAURANT IN THE SKY
Wataru and his wife Kotoe live an idyllic life with their young daughter on a Hokkaido dairy farm. They live in a quirky community of farmers who exchange their food, eat together and sell their wares at the local market. But when a famous chef from Sapporo comes to town and discovers their produce, he changes the way they view their simple food. Inspired to create a farm-to-table restaurant, the farmers rally together. But unexpected challenges await that may change their community forever…