Udon.docx - Udon Director Katsuyuki Motohiro Writer Masashi Todayama(writer Runtime 134 min Genre Comedy/Drama Country Japan Language Japanese Filming

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Udon Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro Writer: Masashi Todayama (writer) Runtime: 134 min Genre: Comedy/Drama Country: Japan Language: Japanese Filming Locations: Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan/ Times Square, NYC, USA Year: 2006 It’s about noodles, timeless, Modern Japanese Culture They do film on location – 4 main islands Honshu – Tokyo Kyushu Shikoku – where our story takes place Kagawa – prefecture kind of like a state – smallest on the island with lower population and pretty rural “Small Town” Flying back to Japan from NYC taking a bridge on expressway from Honshu to Kagawa Kagawa is famous for Udon noodles – more than average of noodle shops College students should be familiar with Raman but also soba and udon noodles We get the cheap nasty version real are wheat based, darker yellow, thinner, like spaghetti, springy, cooked aldente Soba made from buckwheat which makes them darker and better for soaking up broth Udon is super thick noodles, wheat based, white in color made from white flour, cooked aldente Not served straight up usually often are topped with meats, veggies, and spices, with distinct regional variation Noodles are the base of creating cuisine in Japan Review of Modern Japanese society – looks and feels like the west in terms of wealth, development, clothes, consumer culture, standard of living, etc. Distinctly eastern eccentricities – food and food tourism is starting to appear in America but has been a thing in Japan for a while. Food is entertainment and regional variation is something people seek out. Traditional Japanese family values and relationships Generation gap between young and old – pretty distinct in japan vs USA The idea of Honor – big thing in Japan Seppuku, warriors, ninja, samurai not just an individual person but also the family. Etiquette– the way proper relationships and things are to be done from eating to passing business cards. Shinto Religion – dating back to early 8 th century – ancestor and nature spirit worship – sacred power of the dead and objects Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism Respect for craftsman ship even when making noodles garners respect from everyone Prevalent in Jiro dreams of sushi – similar elements
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Food fetish / food porn and attention to detail is becoming more important in America where it has always been in Japan they care where their food comes from and regional variation The film: Opening comedy club – not getting a lot of laughter Young guy lured from home by lights and big city getting booed He dreams of making the world laugh and is not afraid to try He gets thrown out of a lot of places Fired and told to go back to his country but not why From Sanuki in Kagawa – Japan’s smallest prefecture – Udon Country 900 shops for pop under a million 500 McDonalds serve 12.5 million (Tokyo Pop) Welcome to Udon Country – sign at bus stop Taxi cab driver hides from Dude then takes his picture “he has returned” Main Characters Name Kosuke Matsui Walks
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  • Fall '08
  • Ramen, Noodle, Taxicab, Soba, Udon, Kosuke Matsui

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