From Ogigami Naoko, the director of 2004's Barber Yoshino, comes Kamome Shokudo, a beguiling, sometimes magical film based on the novel by Mure Yoko. Also known by its English title The Seagull Restaurant, this 2006 release centers on the lives of three single women over thirty, who each find a new lease on life halfway across the globe!
The proud owner of the titular restaurant is Sachie (Kobayashi Satomi), a lively, down-to-earth woman who decides to open her Japanese eatery in, of all places, Helsinki, Finland! Unfortunately, she has no takers at first - that is, until a teenage anime fan named Tommi (Jarkko Niemi) walks into her place and quickly becomes a regular customer. The second member of the soon-to-be trio enters the picture when Sachie runs into Midori (Katagiri Hairi), a tall lanky gal from Japan whom our heroine immediately befriends.
Soon enough, Midori takes up a job as a waitress at Kamome Shokudo. Business isn't exactly booming when she joins forces with Sachie, but things start to pick up immediately when a mysterious customer (Markku Peltola) enters their lives. He quickly disappears, but not long after, business in the restaurant really begins to take off, as people flock to Kamome Shokudo to get the best cinnamon buns and coffee in town! Rounding out the trio of Japanese women is Masako (Masako Motai), a slightly off-kilter woman who has found herself stranded in Helsinki. And guess what? She's soon onboard the team as well. From then on, Kamome Shokudo is a film full of delightful surprises and even a few life lessons about food, friendship, and where "home" truly is!
- Kobayashi Satomi
- Motai Masako
- Katagiri Hairi
- Release Date: 2007-11-19
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English, Korean
- Country of Origin: Hong Kong, Japan
- Picture Format: NTSC
- Disc Format(s): DVD
- Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan)
- Publisher: Taewon Entertainment, Korea
- Other Information: 1 DVD
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