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Kamome Diner

Kamome shokudō
dir. Naoko Ogigami
Japan 2006, 101’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Credits
Japan 2006
Duration: 101’
director: Naoko Ogigami
screenplay: Naoko Ogigami, Yoko Mure
cinematography: Tuomo Virtanen
editing: Shinichi Fushima
music: Yosui Inoue, Tatsuro Kondo
cast: Satomi Kobayashi, Hairi Katagiri, Masako Motai, Jarkko Niemi, Tarja Markus, Markku Peltola
producer: Mayumi Amano
production: Nippon Television Network Corporation, VAP INC., GENTOSHA INC., chat chat corporation, PARADISE CAFÉ INC., Media Suits Inc.
language: Japanese
colouration: colour
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Film description

Sachie opened a Japanese diner in Helsinki, but for the first month no a single customer came in… Though silent Japanese women and introvert Finnish men seem to have a lot in common, finding a way to the taste buds of clients from
a completely different culture is a big challenge. Sachie gets help from another Japanese expat she meets by chance in a bookstore. As the first hungry people appear, the ice slowly starts melting.

Naoko Ogigami, one of the most original Japanese directors, famous for her absurd sense of humor and unique aesthetic, dreamed of making a film in the homeland of her favorite director, Aki Kaurismäki. The result is a charming story marrying Japanese soul and Scandinavian aesthetics, in which the taste of rice balls meets the warm aroma of cinnamon rolls. Brilliant dialogues and original characters are the trademarks of the director who has long been the audiences' favorite (also at Five Flavours). So much so, that the restaurant the movie was shot in kept its film name and became a must-visit location for many Japanese tours visiting Helsinki.

text:
Jagoda Murczyńska

Naoko Ogigami

Born in 1972 in the Chiba Prefecture. In 1994 she left for the US where she studied directing at University of South California. Her sweet and melancholic films, with
a characteristic visual style, are enormously popular among the audiences, often appearing at international festivals.

Selected filmography:

2003 Barber Yoshino / Yoshino's Barber Shop

2004 Koi wa go-shichi-go! / Love Is Five, Seven, Five!

2005 Kamome shokudo / Kamome Diner

2007 Okulary / Megane / Glasses

2010 Toiretto / Toilet

2012 Kot do wynajęcia / Rentaneko / Rent-a-Cat

2017 Po nitce do kłębka / Karera ga honki de amu toki wa / When They Knit Seriously

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