Food Luck is a 2020 Japanese drama film written and directed by Jimon Terakado of the comedy trio Dachou Club. It stars Naoto and Tao Tsuchiya, with Ken Ishiguro, Satoru Matsuo, Yasufumi Terawaki, Hakuryu and Ryo in supporting roles. After its premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on November 4, 2020, the film was released in Japan on November 20, 2020. It was set to be released in Hong Kong and in Taiwan on May 6 and June 18, 2021 respectively.
Yoshito's mother, Yasue, runs the yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurant Negishi-en by herself, which was the only memento left to her by her husband who passed away. For Yasue, running the restaurant with only her hands, raising her son, and serving home-cooked food with love is a happy time. For Yoshito, too, eating delicious home-cooked food was a time of bliss.
Although Negishi-en was loved by the public, the number of customers decreased drastically due to an untrue article written by Furuyama, a popular gourmet critic. Just as the restaurant was starting to come back to life after the shock, young Yoshito decided to do something to free his mother from her busy life and spend more time with him.
Eighteen years later, Yoshihito runs away from home and works as a dull freelance writer. One day, he and his editor, Shizuka Takenaka, are asked to launch a new gourmet information website that collects only real food. The theme of the first project is the ill-fated Yakiniku.
Yoshito decides to take on the job, but as he struggles with his work, he receives news that his estranged mother Yasue has collapsed. Unable to prepare himself to see Yasue on her sickbed, Yoshihito encounters the nostalgic taste of Negishien at many of the famous restaurants he visits for interviews. He enjoys the food there, and begins to understand his mother's feelings through his relationships with people. Through these connections with people, he learns about his mother's thoughts and feelings, and a change occurs within Yoshihito.
What is the miracle that Yoshito, who is guided by food luck, makes in the end?
III. Development & Release
Food Luck was announced on November 29, 2019 as the first film directed by gourmet Jimon Terakado, while it was revealed on the same time that it would be a film based on his rich experience in food and focus on yakiniku. On July 29, 2020, Naoto and Tao Tsuchiya was announced to star the film together, with the arrival of the first trailer. Ken Ishiguro, Satoru Matsuo, Yasufumi Terawaki, Hakuryu and Ryo was also announced to appear in the film. The poster was released on August 29, and Ketsumeishi was announced to sing the theme song. On November 4, 2020, Naoto, Tao Tsuchiya, and director Jimon Terakado attended the premiere of the film after they attended the red carpet event of Tokyo International Film Festival on October 31. A greeting event celebrating the release of the film was held in Tokyo on November 21, 2020, with Naoto and Tao Tsuchiya, Ken Ishiguro and Jimon Terakado attending. On November 29, another special greeting event that celebrated the release of the film was held in a cinema in Tokyo. Naoto and Tao Tsuchiya attended the event together, both wearing Studio Seven, a fashion brand ran by Naoto himself.
|Kataoka Naoto||Sato Yoshito|
|Tsuchiya Tao||Takenaka Shizuka|
The film was well-received by the public and critics, ranking No. 1 in Yahoo! Movie Reviews and Ratings for the week of its release. Freelance writer Tatsuya Masutou agreed with many of the audiences, stating that it is a film that make you want to go to yakiniku (grilled meat), and film critic LiLiCo praised the film for it would lead you to such a wonderful life of deliciousness and fun! Just as writer Youzo Kawai concluded about the film - And as a foodie and a director, Jimon Terakado's presentation of the manner of yakiniku (grilled meat) will surprise you. It has received the scores of 7.6 &, 6.5 on Mydramalist &, IMDB respectively.