Movie about Mr. and Mrs. Penguin, the couple that triggered the boom in chunky hot sesame oil condiment

Movie about Mr. and Mrs. Penguin, the couple that triggered the boom in chunky hot sesame oil condiment

The movie’s director, Katsutoshi Hirabayashi, as well as Kingone Wang, Tomoji Yamashiro, Airi and Gyoko Penguin promote the movie, Penguin Fufu.


August 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, a press conference for a movie entitled Penguin Fufu was held with the actual couple and members of the cast present. The movie tells the story of their bond as a married couple and depicts many interesting episodes from their life together. When Airi, who hails from Tokyo, married her husband Gyoko, who is from China, she assumed his surname, “Penguin,” (actually “Pengin”) and they moved to Ishigaki. The movie filmed there includes many scenes featuring local food and introducing Ishigaki cuisine.

During the press conference, Airi said that neither the sesame oil nor her or her husband could be there without the people of Ishigaki, and its beautiful natural environment. She said, “I hope that people who see the movie sense the kind and generous nature of the Okinawan people.”

Eiko Koike plays the role of Airi, and Kingone Wang from Taiwan plays Gyoko. Okinawans such as Tomoji Yamashiro also act in the movie. Director Katsutoshi Hirabayashi said, “This is a unique movie in that the actors are from Taiwan, Tokyo, and Okinawa, and the movie was filmed entirely in Ishigaki. I really do hope many people go to watch it.”

The Okinawa Prefectural Office put 23.8 million yen towards the total production cost of 68 million yen.

They hope to make 100 million yen at the box office. On October 20, the movie will be screened at approximately 50 movie theaters across the country, but there will be an advance screening on Ishigaki Island on October 13.

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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