Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Gourmet cooking at -57°C with "Omoshiro Nankyoku Ryurinin (South Pole Cook)"

by Chris MaGee

We all no that the Japanese love their cooking shows, but this is taking things to a whole new level, or should I say continent? Masato Sakai (above right), who's appeared in such films as Masato Harada's "Climber's High" and Kenji Uchida's "After School", as well as the smash hit NHK taiga drama series "Atsuhime" has been roughing it up in Abashiri, Northern Hokkaidō for his next film "Omoshiro Nankyoku Ryurinin (South Pole Cook)". Based on the best-selling 2004 memoir of the same name by real-life chef Makoto Nishimura (above left) the film will have Sakai cooking for a crew of scientists and researchers (portrayed by Kosuke Toyohara, Kengo Kora, Katsuhisa Namase and Daisuke Kuroda amomgst others) who are conducting ice core drilling experiments at Japan's Dome Fuji Station in Antarctica. Helmed by first time director Shûichi Okita "Omoshiro Nankyoku Ryurinin", due out in Japanese theatres in August, is being described as a feel good comedy. A feel good comedy set at an altitude 3800m, with an average temperature of -57°C? Yeah, that sounds about right.

So far a thorough search of YouTube has yet to yield a trailer for the film and there isn't much at "Omoshiro Nankyoku Ryurinin's" official site, but we'll keep our eyes and ears peeled for more details on it as they come. Thanks to CinemaCafe.net for pointing the way to this one.

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