To eat is indeed to live. Life is just an “eating trip”.
People eat. That is how we survive. For people, however, eating has become more than just replenishment of nutrients and sustenance. It has become an opportunity for bonding with others, for chatting about what we’ve been up to, and asking about our loved one’s days. The act of eating is also the act of interacting with nature. Meat, vegetables, fruit and grains are all living organisms that combine to sustain us. And if life is a journey, then surely eating is an excursion in itself. After all, is not life a series of dinner times? Are our lives not sequences of feeding, nurturing and growing?
eatrip is a contemporary Japanese food culture documentary and the directorial debut of food coordinator, creator and teacher, Yuri Nomura. The film explores the interpersonal relationships that food nurtures. To eat is a universal experience and this documentary takes the audience on a journey throughout Japan looking at how life can be led richly through the daily ritual of eating. From the Tsukiji fish market to an Okinawan farm, the film offers poignant interviews with intriguing personalities, a few of whom include: Nichiji Sakai, head priest of the Ikegami Honmonji temple; Kanji Takahashi, a distributor of Dried bonito; Naoko Morioka, an Okinawan leading a self-sustainable lifestyle; So-oku Sen a tea ceremony master and descendant of famed Sen No Rikyu; and Yayako Uchida, a musician and writer who recites poems about food. The film culminates with a passionate meal cooked by the director herself, for actor Tadanobu Asano and singer UA and a handful of other eclectic guests.
Cast: Kanji Takahashi, Shoichiro Akiyama, Naoko Morioka, UA,
So-oku Sen, Tadanobu Asano, Nichiji Sakai
Director: Yuri Nomura
2009 / Japan / 80 min
Japanese with English Subtitles
Montreal World Film Festival 2009
Vancouver International Film Festival 2009
Le Festival International du Film d’Environnement 2009 (Paris)
Barcelona Asian Film Festival 2010
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