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The Last Recipe
最后的食谱

Opening Date
25 Jan 2018
Rating
PG
Runtime
126 mins
Language
Japanese with English & Chinese subtitles
Genre
Drama, Mystery
Director
Yojiro Takita
Cast
Kazunari Ninomiya, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Go Ayano, Yoshi Oida, Daigo Nishihata, Aoi Miyazaki, Yutaka Takenouchi
Synopsis
Based on a novel of the same name, THE LAST RECIPE 最后的食谱 gathers the best of Japanese cast and crew to realise a touching story spanning two different decades on the big screen. The novel is authored by Keiichi Tanaka, who helmed legendary television programme Iron Chef. The film is directed by Yojiro Takita, whose 2008 film Departures was the first Japanese production to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and stars ARASHI’s Kazunari Ninomiya, who took home the Japanese Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2015).
Reviews
By Kimberly Tan  27 Jan 2018
The cinematography and sound effects of the film are done so well that one shouldn’t watch this on an empty stomach, as the close-up shots of the dishes would cause one to salivate and become even hungrier.
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Based on the novel "Kirin no Shita wo Motsu Otoko" by Keiichi Tanaka, the last recipe is about a highly talented chef who possesses the ability to recreate any dish from his memory. Mitsuru Sasaki, played by Arashi boyband member Kazunari Ninomiya, grew up in an orphanage, estranged from others and he only has one close friend, Ken Yanagisawa (Go Ayano). He is also a perfectionist, and his volatile temperament led to the closure of his own restaurant, landing him in debt. To return his debt, he takes on final meal requests for the dying as they pay exorbitant amounts. Yang (Yoshi Oida), is his final customer in the film who hires him to recreate a long-lost recipe from 1930s Manchuria, created by Chef Naotaro Yamagata (Hidetoshi Nishijima). As Misturu embarks on his journey, he discovers the story of a chef whom he resonates within their dedication to creating the perfect dish.

Largely set in Manchuria in the 1930s, the film sets to provide an alternative narrative to the Japanese in Manchuria. The film switches between the two timelines seamlessly. There is 1930s Manchuria in which the origin of the recipe is revealed and Present-day Japan where Mitsuru watches history unravel in front of his eyes. The film is emotionally charged as it intertwines history, politics, food and how it shapes the relationships around us. The film also makes it clear that the decisions we choose to make in times of adversity show who we really are. As the film progresses, we see a deeper, more emotional side of Mitsuru as the journey to find the last recipe becomes a journey of his self-growth as a chef.

The cinematography and sound effects of the film are done so well that one shouldn’t watch this on an empty stomach, as the close-up shots of the dishes would cause one to salivate and become even hungrier. The soundtrack complements the film well, and a realistic soundscape is created, such that the audience can imagine themselves to be in the kitchen along with the characters as well.
 
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