Ryukyuan food to be theme for Singaporean film “Jimami Tofu”
November 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
On November 5, filming kicked off for a romantic movie called “Jimami Tofu”, which has Ryukyuan food as its central theme. On November 14, Singaporean Jason Chan, one of the main characters and the film director, and an actor from Okinawa Masane Tsukayama held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government building. Chan said, “Eating Ryukyuan food made me feel comfortable and brought back memories. I hope this movie will help Ryukyuan foods become widely known in the world.”
Film shooting will take place for a month in Okinawa mainly in Kinjo-cho of Naha and in Nakijin. Besides Tsukayama, a dancer from Okinawa Rino Nakasone and actress from Tokyo Mari Yamamoto will appear in the film.
Fascinated by Ryukyuan food in Okinawa, a Singaporean chef, Ryan (Chan) asks an owner chef Sakumoto (Tsukayama) to teach him about Ryukyuan food. Ryan’s ex-girlfriend Yuki (Yamamoto) is a top Japanese food critique and a daughter of Sakumoto. Yuki’s friend Nami (Nakasone) introduces him to Sakumoto and falls for Ryan while spending time with him.
Tsukayama says, “This film looks at the history and the trading relationship of Ryukyu from a foreign perspective. This film makes us think about the heart of Okinawa.” Nakasone said with a smile, “Although I am Uchinanchu, I learned the good things about Okinawa again through this film.”
The film is the first Singaporean film to be subsidized by the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Prefecture’s Film Tourism Promotion Project. The film will be screened in Singapore next February. From March, the film will be available onboard 93 flights between Naha and Hong Kong, and Naha and Taiwan. The screening in Okinawa is still in the process of being scheduled.
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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