(Original title: 四十九日のレシピ/Shijukunichi no Recipe)
129 min./ 2013 / Japan / Color / DCP / 5.1ch
Heartbroken Yuriko comes back to her parents’ house after deciding to divorce from her husband, only to find a recipe book for life, left by her late mother Otomi who just passed away. The handwritten and lovingly illustrated recipes concern cooking, cleaning and the basic knowledge of the house keeping techniques. They are to let Yuriko and her father (Otomi’s husband) Ryohei face the life by following the monotony of everyday chores, and take a step forward by the 49th days after her death – the day a memorial service will be held according to Buddhist teaching for the family and friends. With the help from two young strangers, the garishly-dressed Imo and the Japanese-Brazilian Haru, the family slowly begins to rebuild their lives as they learn the life and profound love of Otomi and get ready for the great party on the 49th day as Otomi has wished.
Her last will was to let her family have a great party on the 49th days after her death. Can the daughter and her father make the wish come true and make their own lives move forward…? Based on Yuki Ibuki’s bestselling novel “Shijukunichi no Recipe (The Recipe of 49 Days After Death),” director Yuki Tanada, well known for “One Million Yen Girl,” reaches out to the audience’ hearts with the team of established actors: winner of Japanese Academy Award Hiromi Nagasaku as the daughter Yuriko, Renji Ishibashi as the stubborn, tactless, yet passionate father Ryohei, Venice’ Marcello Mastroianni Award winner (for the Best New Young Actress) Fumi Nikaido as Imo, and Masaki Okada as Haru.
(c)2013 "Mourning Recipe" Film Partners