New People Entertainment (which appears to be either a renamed Viz Pictures or have taken over live-action Japanese film distribution from them) has announced a new DVD due out on May 24: Eatrip, a culinary documentary that “explores the ways that food unites humanity and explores the interpersonal relationships people forge through eating”. (Warning, Eatrip link features movie trailer that starts playing automatically.)
Here’s more description, from their press release:
The film takes audiences on an intriguing journey throughout Japan and features interviews with interesting personalities from a variety of walks of life to look at how life can be led richly through the daily ritual of eating. … Special bonus features on the disc includes an exclusive interview with Eatrip director Yuri Nomura, who is also a food coordinator, columnist, and teacher.
In the film, Yuri Nomura embarks on an insightful journey throughout Japan to examine the daily rituals of eating among people from different walks of life. Actor Tadanobu Asano, singer UA, and fashion designer Jurgen Lehl are among those featured. From the Tsukiji fish market to a farm in Okinawa, the film offers poignant interviews with intriguing personalities including the head monk of a famous Buddhist temple; a distributor of Japanese soup stock (Bonito broth); an Okinawan woman leading a self-sustainable lifestyle devoid of modern conveniences; a tea ceremony master; and a musician and writer who recites poems about food.
The film is in Japanese with subtitles and is priced at $24.92 US. I know that some of my readers are both foodies and interested in Japanese culture, as I am, so I wanted to let them know of this upcoming release. This should make a good accompaniment to re-reading Oishinbo or Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy!