The Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai, the Japan Foundation, and the Madras Film Society will be conducting a three-day 'Chennai Japan Film Festival' in Chennai from 7 to 9 February 2019 at Russian Cultural Center, 74, Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet. The films to be screened during the festival are (1) 'A Tale of Samurai Cooking', (2) 'Rail Truck', and (3) 'The Wife of Gegege'.
The common theme of three films is “love and affection”.
According to a press release, Kojiro Uchiyama, Consul General of Japan in Chennai, will inaugurate the festival at 6.00 p.m. on Thursday, 7 February 2019. Gennadhi A Rogalev, Director, Russian Cultural Center will be Guest of Honour and Nirosha Radha, Cine Actress will be the Special Guest and will light the lamp. Entry is free and all are welcome, added the statement. Seats are available on first come, first served basis.
A Tale of Samurai Cooking's synopsis goes like this: "Funaki Dennai laid the foundations for Kaga clan cuisine in the Edo Period as a 'kitchen samurai' who prepared food for the nobility. This heartwarming drama depicts the internal affairs of the Kaga clan from the perspective of a woman who marries Funaki's son. It features meals made according to the Funaki family's recipe collection'Ryori Mugonsho' and recreates the workings of samurai family kitchens at the time.
Maid Haru is a talented cook but stubborn, which leads her to divorce her husband after a year. However, she is asked by Kaga clan 'kitchen samurai' Dennai to marry his son
and heir Yasunobu, and works to remedy his lack of culinary skills.