THE FIRST SUPPER
2019 | Japan
Director: Shiro Tokiwa
Screenwriter: Shiro Tokiwa
Producer(s): Mai Sugiyama, Takeshi Moriya, Ko Suzuki
Cast: Shota Sometani, Masatoshi Nagase, Erika Toda, Yuki Saito, Yosuke Kubozuka
Cinematographer: Hideo Yamamoto
Language(s): Japanese with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama, Food
From director Shiro Tokiwa, comes a heartfelt film about food, family, and memory. Having been away in Tokyo for a long time, photographer Rintaro (Shota Sometani) returns to his hometown to attend his father’s funeral. To the consternation of both he and his sister Miyako, he discovers that his mother has cancelled the catering service for the wake. Claiming instead that she will be cooking a special meal for the mourners.
As it turns out this special meal is the last request of their deceased father (Masatoshi Nagase). And as they move through each course, the family’s past and present collide in an unfolding of memory, love, loss, and redemption. A truly moving film, THE FIRST SUPPER is an outstanding feat from first time writer and director Tokiwa.
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