Tag Archives: Japan

No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain

If you have not seen any of Anthony Bourdain’s tv shows than I highly recommend you view this one. No Reservations is a food show but based around travelling and the chef and author presenter travels the world to show us some of the most interesting dishes. The episode which I’m writing about is called Food Porn and has Bourdain visiting some of his favourite dishes around the world and equating the food to lots of pleasure.

The two-part episode, first aired on February 9 2009, features some of New York’s great chefs, like Daniel Boulud, Michael White, Cesare Casella, as well as former NYT critic Frank Bruni.

Seafood has a huge presence with mussels, cockles and razor clams enjoyed at “Espinaler” near Barcelona, while Sukibayashi Jiro is visited for some of the very best sushi available on the planet made by Jiro-san.

Dishes featured on the show range from crispy pork skin tacos, steaming pho, hot, drippy cheese based dishes, serious chocolate and of course, a pig feast.

In the UK No Reservations is on the Sky Discovery Shed Channel (242)

See Anthony Bourdain’s blog about this episode.


Girls on Film at the Arnolfini

A touring festival dedicated to contemporary Japanese films about women is making its way around the UK.

In Bristol, the Arnolfini will screen the following six movies from 13 to 21 March:

  • Non-Ko (2008) 13 March
  • ASYLE (2007) 14 March
  • Kamome Diner (2006) 18 March
  • How to Become Myself (2007) 19 March
  • German plus Rain (2007) 20 March
  • Fourteen (2007) 21 March

All films are shown at 7.30pm.

I will be watching Non-Ko on 13 March and Asyle on 14 March.

Non-Ko (2008)
directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, 105 minutes, Rated 15.
The movie is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Sat 13 March, 7.30pm
£6.00/£4.50 Concs

Nonko, a 36-year-old divorced ex-actress, returns home to her family, where her father is a priest at a local Shinto shrine. Disillusioned and lonely, she takes out her frustration by drinking herself to oblivion at a local bar, until she meets up with a naïve young man who is trying to make his fortune by selling baby chicks.

Asyle (2007)

directed by Izuru Kumasaka, 111 minutes, Rated 15.
Lily, Hikari Kajiwara, Chiharu, Sachi Jinno, Ken Mitsuishi. The movie is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Sun 14 Mar, 7.30pm
£6.00/£4.50 Concs

A haven for clandestine lovers turns out to be more than most passers-by would imagine in this independent drama.

The Parku Ando is a ‘love hotel’ in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, where couples can rent a room for a night or by the hour for romantic assignations. However, few of its regular customers seem to come there for sexual encounters; the hotel has become a hangout for rootless teenagers, senior citizens looking for a place to relax, and kids who play under the watchful eye of manager Tsuyako (Lily). Tsuyako and her friend Tsuki handle the day to day business at the hotel, and while they can be tough when they need to be, they’re also capable of kindness to strangers…

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, +44 (0)117 9172300 / 01
boxoffice@arnolfini.org.uk, www.arnolfini.org.uk

Girls on film

As mentioned in Saturday’s Guardian, a touring festival dedicated to contemporary Japanese films about women is making its way around the UK. After Sheffield, Belfast, London and Edinburgh it also makes its way to Bristol.

The Japan Foundation’s 2010 touring film programme looks at contemporary Japanese cinema made about and, in some cases, by women. Touring to five venues during February and March, the programme is composed of works from the past few years and showcases how Japanese contemporary filmmakers, from the very established, such as the late Jun Ichikawa, to young and promising filmmakers, like Satoko Yokohama, approach the issues facing women and adolescents. This season also includes works by female directors, reflecting the exciting trend of a marked increase in the number of female directors working in the Japanese film industry. This is a unique collection of films not to be missed!

The Japan Foundation

In Bristol, the Arnolfini will screen the six movies from 13 to 21 March and they are as follows:

  • Kamome Diner (2006)
  • ASYLE (2007)
  • Fourteen (2007)
  • German plus Rain (2007)
  • How to Become Myself (2007)
  • Non-Ko (2008)

The festival still requires some evaluators in Belfast, Edinburgh and Bristol. In exchange for a complimentary ticket, you will need to attend two screenings and answer an extended questionnaire giving your opinions on the season and films you have seen. If you are interested in acting as an evaluator, please email info@jpf.org.uk, telling them your full name and which is your closest venue.

For more details see the Arnolfini closer to the date and The Japan Foundation.