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A Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Ueto Aya (Actor) | Kora Kengo (Actor) | Nishida Toshiyuki (Actor) | Natsukawa Yui (Actor)
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With A Tale Of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story, director Asahara Yuzo offers audiences a love story to remember while giving a refreshing look into a seldom seen side of the samurai lifestyle.

In a role that earned her a Japan Academy nomination for best leading actress, Ueto Aya (Oshin) stars as Haru, a strong-headed divorced woman with a gift for cooking. Recognizing her talent, Funaki Dennai (Nishida Toshiyuki, The Kiyosu Conference) asks her to marry his son Yasunobu (Kora Kengo, Roommate). In the Kaga clan, the Funaki family holds the position of "Kitchen Samurai," the clan's chef, but Yasunobu is more interested in swordplay than cooking. It's up to Haru, with help from her mother-in-law Mitsuru (Yo Kimiko, Anata e), to show Yasunobu the importance and beauty of cooking.

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Product Title: A Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 舌尖上的武士道 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 舌尖上的武士道 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 武士の献立 A Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 武士的食譜 / 武士的菜單 / 武士的獻立 武士的食谱 / 武士的菜单 / 武士的献立
Artist Name(s): Ueto Aya (Actor) | Kora Kengo (Actor) | Nishida Toshiyuki (Actor) | Natsukawa Yui (Actor) | Ogata Naoto (Actor) | Kaga Takeshi (Actor) | Yo Kimiko (Actor) | Emoto Tasuku (Actor) | Narumi Riko (Actor) 上戶彩 (Actor) | 高良健吾 (Actor) | 西田敏行 (Actor) | 夏川結衣 (Actor) | 緒形直人 (Actor) | 鹿賀丈史 (Actor) | 余貴美子 (Actor) | 柄本佑 (Actor) | 成海璃子 (Actor) 上户彩 (Actor) | 高良健吾 (Actor) | 西田敏行 (Actor) | 夏川结衣 (Actor) | 绪形直人 (Actor) | 鹿贺丈史 (Actor) | 余贵美子 (Actor) | Emoto Tasuku (Actor) | 成海璃子 (Actor) 上戸彩 (Actor) | 高良健吾 (Actor) | 西田敏行 (Actor) | 夏川結衣 (Actor) | 緒形直人 (Actor) | 鹿賀丈史 (Actor) | 余貴美子 (Actor) | 柄本佑 (Actor) | 成海璃子 (Actor) Ueto Aya (Actor) | Kora Kengo (Actor) | Nishida Toshiyuki (Actor) | Natsukawa Yui (Actor) | Ogata Naoto (Actor) | Kaga Takeshi (Actor) | Yo Kimiko (Actor) | Emoto Tasuku (Actor) | Narumi Riko (Actor)
Director: Asahara Yuzo Asahara Yuzo Asahara Yuzo 朝原雄三 Asahara Yuzo
Release Date: 2014-07-30
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1036371132

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Haru has an excellent sense of taste and surpassing skill in the kitchen, but she has been divorced from her first husband after only a year of marriage because of her impetuous character. One day, Haru is proposed by Dennai Funaki, samurai chef from Kaga, to marry his succeeding son. The Funaki family who has served the Lord of Kaga not with the sword but with the kitchen-knife is well known as Kitchen Samurai for generations. However, now, her new husband Yasunobu wields a kitchen-knife with no skill at all. In order to save the family name Funaki and its position as kitchen samurai, Haru decides to teach him the art of cuisine.
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October 30, 2014

An unconventional samurai drama
While samurai are conventionally thought of as warriors and soldiers, they served in many different capacities besides those usually depicted in popular culture. A Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story offers a samurai drama about a swordsman who carves his own way not with a katana, but a kitchen knife.

Kora Kengo stars as young samurai Yasunobu, the second son of the Funaki family that serves the Lord of Kaga as cooks. After Yasunobu's older brother passes away, the duty of succeeding his father's position as "kitchen samurai" falls upon his shoulders. It's not exactly a calling that he embraces as he demonstrates no passion or talent for cooking and questions his own worth as a samurai. To help his son along, Yasunobu's father (Nishida Toshiyuki) finds him an unconventional wife with superior cooking skills. Divorced by her previous husband for being too impertinent, Haru has not only strong taste buds but also a strong enough personality to teach and inspire her reluctant husband.

As Haru, Ueto Aya brings her usual bright and sprightly presence, which at times seems a bit out of place in a period film, but she injects a welcome burst of energy to this story that is otherwise precisely told in a traditional, dignified and deliberately contained manner and tone. Yasunobu, too, is reserved, terse and awkwardly listless, which makes his clumsy struggles with cooking all the more amusing. With Haru's support, he gradually grows into his role as a kitchen samurai. Similarly, their love story is one in which they gradually grow fond of each other in sweet but understated fashion.

Though the Funaki family's lives remain largely quiet and peaceful, things are far from quiet and peaceful in the Kaga domain. Power struggle and persecutions lead to serious fallouts and even a vendetta mission, all of which Yasunobu half-heartedly tries to be a part of, but his kitchen position and unassertive presence render him peripheral to the larger political events and consequences that would typically be the main plot of a samurai movie. Instead, Yasunobu's most significant struggles and service would be what he achieves in the kitchen, from learning to peel his potatoes right to preparing a feast that resplendently represents Kaga.

Similar to Abacus and Sword, another film written by Kashiwada Michio that recounted the life and achievements of an accountant samurai, A Tale of Samurai Cooking approaches the samurai drama as a journeyman careerist tale that is interesting exactly for being mundane rather than action-packed. Naturally, Samurai Cooking is also a culinary tale, and the film ably cooks up a delicious eyeful of traditional Kanazawa cuisine prepared according to the recipe collections left by the Funaki family.

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Customer Review of "A Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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December 17, 2014

2 people found this review helpful

A film about much more than just cooking Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Watching a movie about samurai chefs might not seem like the most compelling way to spend an evening. But director Asahara Yuzo's "A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story" is a most savory cinematic dish.

Think of the story this way: Yasunobu (Kora Kengo) is the second son of an esteemed samurai chef. He has no interest whatsoever in cooking; he aspires only to a life devoted to the martial life and proves to be an exceptionally skilled swordsman. Fortunately for Yasunobu, as the second son, he is not expected to follow in his father's footsteps. That's the role that will be played by his elder brother. Unfortunately for Yasunobu, his elder brother falls ill and dies; Yasunobu now is expected to step into the first son's role, give up his plans for a military career, and become a chef. At the same time, the girl he loves and has dreamed of marrying since childhood becomes betrothed to his best friend. To add insult to injury, his father Dennai (Nishida Toshiyuki) arranges for him to marry Haru (Ueto Aya), an older woman and a commoner who had been rejected for her willfulness by her husband's family in a prior marriage.

Feeling that he's lost all purpose in life, Yasunobu turns to revolutionary politics and joins a group plotting an insurrection against the leadership of the Kaga clan. When that plot is quelled and he is denied his intended act of heroism, Yasunobu is handed one more humiliation. The Kaga clan leadership plans to hold a great banquet to heal wounds and bring the clan together. Dennai is tasked with preparing the food for the banquet, but suffers a heart attack. Too weak to proceed, he turns to Yasunobu to fill the void. In other words, Yasunobu is asked to cook the banquet feast for the very people he had hoped to depose.

As it turns out, this little film about samurai chefs has quite a dramatic story to tell! And it tells it very well, with a shining, inspiring performance by Ueto Aya as the woman who helps to steer her husband to a new life. The film's direction, cinematography, editing, costuming, set direction, script, and music all provide sturdy support for this fine film. Highly recommended.
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