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Film provides some food for thought

by Yasmine La Salle

Staff Writer

As the hustle and bustle of everyday life preoccupies many of us, Yoshiko Tatsumi wants to show us that even the most complicated aspects of our lives can be fixed with a good meal.

The 88-year-old culinary artist has authored more than 40 books on cuisine and is now the focus of director Atsumori Kawamura’s documentary film “Drops of Heaven.” The film dives into the origins of a soup that Tatsumi made for her bed-ridden father in his final days, a dish that would later become known as her “soup of life.”

“I am convinced that from our first breath to our last, soups and broths can help us to find comfort and peace,” says Tatsumi.

“Drops of Heaven” reveals much more than just recipes, though; Tatsumi is somewhat of a philosopher and provides a lot of food for thought as well as for the stomach.

If all this whets your appetite, “Drops of Heaven” is being screened for a week in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture.

“Drops of Heaven” screens at Cinema Amigo in Shinjuku, Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, from Sun. Feb., 2 to Sat. Feb., 8 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. English subtitles. 113 minutes. Tickets (which include one drink) are ¥1,500 for adults with discounts for students and the elderly. For more information visit, cinema-amigo.com/movie/000183.html