The Last Recipe (PG)
Starring Kazunari Ninomiya, Hidetoshi Nishijima
Directed by Yojiro Takita
Kazunari Ninomiya stars as Mitsuru, a down-on-his-luck master chef hired by a mysterious client to track down the missing ingredients of the fabled Great Japanese Imperial Feast. As Mitsuru plays food detective, he learns about Japan’s military role in 1930s Manchuria as well as his own turbulent history.
The latest by Yojiro Takita, the director of Departures, Japan’s first Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner, is a mouth-watering visual feast, where the real stars are the lavish cuisines. Imagine watching Netflix’s Chef’s Table, but with more drama. Good luck warding off the hunger pangs. In English with Japanese subtitles. (***1/2)