“Mourning Recipe” chosen as Japan’s official entry for Focus on World Cinema section of 2013 Montreal International Film Festival.

“Mourning Recipe” Mother passed away all of sudden, leaving the father who missed telling something dear to his wife and the daughter who missed the chance of asking her what she really needed to know. “What mother left behind for them was the recipe for life.”

Mourning Recipe 1

Based on Yuki Ibuki’s popular novel by the same title, the film “Mourning Recipe” depicts the life of Atsuta family after the sudden death of Otomi, Ryohei’s wife. Their daughter, Yuriko has been living apart from the elderly couple but when she returns home tired from the failed marriage, the mother’s recipe reunites the family bond and mend their emotional scars.

Mourning Recipe 2


Ryohei who recently lost his most dear and well beloved wife has given up on life. It was two weeks after his wife’s death when a mysterious girl named Immo, who dressed in a flamboyant clothes appeared before him. Immo tells Ryohei that she was asked by his wife to help him with the household chores until the mourning period of 49 days passed and also informs him about the recipe that his wife left behind. Soon after that, Yohei’s married daughter Yuriko returns from Tokyo completely exhausted. She’s been undergoing the treatment for infertility but the marriage broke up when her husband had an affair with another woman.

Mourning Recipe 3

Hiromi Nagasaku as Yuriko Atsuta (daughter)

                                                  Hiromi Nagasaku (永作 博美 Nagasaku Hiromi, born October 14, 1970 in Namegata, Ibaraki) is a Japanese actress and singer. She was a member of the J-pop group Ribbon. Nagasaku appeared in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2003 film Doppelganger. She played a supporting role in the 2007 film Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!, for which she won the awards for Best Supporting Actress at the 32nd Hochi Film Awards and the Kinema Junpo magazine. She won the Best Supporting Actress award for Rebirth at the 35th Japan Academy Prize in 2012.


Doppelganger (2003)
Hanging Garden (2005)
Su-ki-da (2005)
Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! (2007)
Dolphin Blue (2007)
Closed Note (2007)
Don’t Laugh at My Romance (2007)
Dosokai (2008)
R246 Story (2008)
The Clone Returns Home (2009)
Cast Me If You Can (2010)
Rebirth (2011)

Renji Ishibashi as Ryohei Atsuta (father)


Renji Ishibashi (石橋 蓮司 Ishibashi Renji), born August 9, 1941 in Shinagawa, Tokyo is a Japanese actor and voice actor. He won the award for best supporting actor at the 15th Hochi Film Award for Rōnin-gai.


Zatoichi at Large (1972)
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)
Ryoma Ansatsu (1974)
Watcher in the Attic (1976)
Mottomo Kiken na Yugi (1978)
Woman with Red Hair (1979)
Oretachi ni Haka wa Nai (1979)
Fruits of Passion (1981)
Sure Death 4: Revenge (1987)
Bakayaro! I’m Plenty Mad (1988)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
Yuwakusha (1989)
Rōnin-gai (1990)
Ware ni utsu yoi ari (1990)
The Triple Cross (1992)
Crest of Betrayal (1994)
The Bird People in China (1998)
Sada (1998)
Poppoya (1999)
Gemini (1999)
Dead or Alive (1999)
Salaryman Kintaro (1999)
Audition (1999)
Tales of the Unusual (2000)
Shinsengumi (2000)
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
Agitator (2001)
Graveyard of Honor (2002)
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002)
Trick: The Movie, Alive (2002)
Gozu (2003)
The Man In White (2003)
Half a Confession (2004)
One Missed Call (2004)
Flower and Snake (2004)
Moonlight Jellyfish (2004)
Izo (2004)
Spring Snow (2005)
One Missed Call 2 (2005)
The Great Yokai War (2005)
Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
Kamen Rider The First (2005)
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)
Sakuran (2007)
Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
Hero (2007)
L: Change the World (2008)
Kurosagi (2008)
Tokyo! “Merde” (2008)
20th Century Boys (2008)
The Ramen Girl (2008)
Kamogawa Horumo (2009)
Mt. Tsurugidake (2009)
20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope (2009)
20th Century Boys 3: Redemption (2009)
Cho Kamen Rider Den-O & Decade Neo Generations: The Onigashima Warship (2009)
Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker (2009)
Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War (2010)
Outrage 2010, Ninja Kids!!! (2011)
The Detective Is in the Bar (2011)
Someday (2011)
Hayabusa: Harukanaru Kikan 2012

Fumi Nikaido as Immo (mysterious girl with recipe)


Fumi Nikaido was born on September 21, 1994 in Naha, a southern coastal town on Okinawa Island, the largest island in the Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. At age twelve she was scouted by Sony Music Artists after her picture appeared in an Okinawa edition of ‘Picture Book of Beautiful Girls’, a free regional publication that features local amateurs as models.

This early discovery created the opportunity for her to work as a model and television actress while still in her early teens. Nikaido began to appear regularly in prominent fashion and lifestyle magazines and her ‘girl next door’ look quickly helped her garner roles in television campaigns for companies ranging from Tokyu Electric Railway (2007) to Koikeya Potato Chips (2009/2010), among other nationally distributed advertisements.

As she became more widely recognized, Nikaido also began to appear as an actress in popular television dramas. Her first role was in the ANB Friday Night Drama “Atami no Sousakan” in 2010, in which she played a well-regarded regular role. Around the same time, she made her film debut as Hikari Horie, a principal supporting character in Koji Yakusho’s Gamo no Abura [Toad’s Oil]. The film was well-received in Japan, and Nikaido quickly began to play more expansive roles, appearing regularly on the NHK BS Period Drama “Tempest” throughout 2011 and CX Saturday Drama “Mirai Nikki Another : World” in 2012.


At the same time, Nikaido was invited to play her first starring role in a feature film: conflicted high school shogi (Japanese chess) player, Michiko, in Yu Irie’s rock drama Gekijoban Shinsei Kamattechan Rock ‘n’ Roll wa Nariyamanai [Ringing in Their Ears] (2011). The film, which centered on the concert preparations of real-life rock band Shinsei Kamattechan, was a critical and commercial success, and Nikaido’s performance was especially lauded, earning her the “Best New Actress Award,” along with several others, at the Tokyo TAMA Film Festival.

Coming off that success, Nikaido starred in Shion Sono’s large-scale dystopian drama, Himizu, a film based on the best-selling manga comic of that name and set in a Japan dealing with the direct aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The film made its international debut at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in 2011, where Nikaido and her co-star, Shota Sometani, won the Marcello Mastroianni Award, the festival’s highest prize for emerging talent– an honor never before received by a Japanese actor. Himizu has been and will be distributed internationally in 2012 and 2013.

Nikaido is starring in “Aku no Kyouten,” the newest feature film from director and provocateur Takashi Miike which is now in theatres in Japan.

Nikaido lives in Tokyo and has been attracting attentions as one of the emerging actresses.

Au revoir l’ ete / Hotori no Sakuko (2013)
Brain Man / Nou Otoko (2013)
Lesson of the Evil / Aku no Kyoten (2012)
The King and I / Osama to Boku (2012)
Himizu (2012)
Looking for a True Fiancee / Yubiwa wo Hametai (2011)
Ringing in Their Ears / Gekijo-ban Shinsei Kamattechan – Rock’n Roll wa Nariyamanai (2011)
8mm (2010)
Sorasoi (2009)
Toad’s Oil (Gama no Abura), directed by Koji Yakusho (June, 2009

Director Yuki Tanada


Yuki Tanada (タナダユキ Tanada Yuki, born 12 August 1975, in Fukuoka Prefecture) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Tanada pursued theater in high school before entering the Image Forum Institute of the Moving Image to study filmmaking. Her independently produced film Moru won the grand prize at the 2001 Pia Film Festival. Her next work, Takada Wataru: A Japanese Original, a documentary on a Japanese folk singer, was featured at the 2003 Tokyo International Film Festival. She won the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award for her 2008 film One Million Yen Girl. She has written the scripts for many of her films as well as contributed the script to Mika Ninagawa’s Sakuran. She has also directed for television.

Moru (2001)
Takada Wataru: A Japanese Original (2003)
Tsuki to Cheri (2004)
Akai bunka jūtaku no Hatsuko (2007)
One Million Yen Girl (2008)
Oretachi ni asu wa naissu (2008)
The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (2012)


“The Mourning Reciepe”has officially been invited to enter the Focus on World Cinema section of the Montreal International Film Festival which will take place from August 22nd to September 2nd, 2013. The section focuses on the noteworthy films of the world. The Japanese film,“The Mourning Reciepe”also depicts the ancient Japanese tradition of mourning in which the deceased is believed to be at the state of intermediate existence between one’s death and rebirth which is 49 days in Japan. The mourning of 49 days is the time to respect the memory of the deceased and also reflect on life and death through the memory of the deceased and search for the spiritual transcendence. It is also a time for the families left behind to confront the death of the person in the relaxed state of mind.



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