Director: Yuzo Asahara
Language: Japanese (subtitled in English)

As Yuzo Arahara shows us with endless food-porn shots, the so-called kitchen samurai, who worked in their feudal lords’ kitchens, were as proud of their knife skills as their samurai brethren’s swordwork. But the story of a culinarily gifted woman (Aya Ueto) wed to the bumbling heir (Kora Kengo) to a distinguished “kitchen samurai” house is all too reminiscent of an earnest, heartwarming NHK costume drama.

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