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A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story (Bushi no Kondate)

2014 List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 62% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
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Mark Kermode Observer (UK) It manages to infuse its simple narrative with a spicily subversive attitude toward traditional gender roles, while spooning its audience generous helpings of sweetly seductive costume romance. Rated: 3/5 Dec 14, 2014 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian The film has an unforced confidence in its pacing, its performances and its production design. A tasty snack, rather than a meal. Rated: 3/5 Dec 11, 2014 Full Review Trevor Johnston Time Out If only the film shared the old chef's genuine passion, this might have been one to savour. Rated: 2/5 Dec 11, 2014 Full Review Panos Kotzathanasis Asian Movie Pulse the subject of the movie essentially "allows" this approach, the result is impressive in visual terms, while the mixing of many different elements results in a cinematic amalgam that is more than easy to watch. Dec 20, 2020 Full Review Jason Solomons The Mail on Sunday (UK) The clothes are beautiful and the set design exquisite in their Japanese minimalism but, despite the sweet-natured tale and attractive performances, it's the grub that wins out. Oct 30, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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Audience Member a beautiful love story of an unlikely pair of cooks, what they were willing to sacrifice for their passion... and the great banquet looked awesome!! My favorite character was Haru's father-in-law. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member an excellently acted, costumed and plated story about a maid married into a lowly kitchen samurai household, showing how the right person can make such a difference to family, region and country. understated in most parts and delicate in flavour, highly recommended. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member such a great film that shows the beauty of fine cooking. The performances within this movie is wonderfully done! beautiful scenery too! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Don't expect any sword action as the title doesn't deceive. However it's a fairly decent drama and a very new take on the period warrior film out of Japan. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member How can they make suh a boring film about cooking and food. The film only redeemed itself in the last 20 min. or so.. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Another Japanese film... ugh... if there were no Kengo Kora san... I dunno, perhaps I had been misled by the propaganda, I thought the food/cooking would play an important part in the film. Not. And it's not even really a "true love story" either. The chemistry between Aya Ueto & Kengo Kora is weak. It's all the poor screenplay's fault- it has many things to say but then everything it said is just superficial- just like every other contemporary Japanese film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story (Bushi no Kondate)

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Yuzo Asahara