Mitsuko lives so alone in Tokyo that she sometimes has very heated conversations with herself. A hardened bachelor, she spends her days cooking complex recipes. The enthusiasm of Tada, a co-worker, for his succulent dishes frees him from his pronounced taste for social distancing… Japanese cinema has a clear tendency towards gluttony, especially since the cult film “Tampopo” at the end of the 80s. After the most recent “Tokyo Delights” with appetizing dorayaki or “La Saveur des Ramen”, here are the fried donuts of “Tempura”, even if other dishes will be skilfully concocted then lovingly tasted, in a game of seduction shy.
The star with the ultra-reduced pseudo of Non shows an exaggeratedly exalted temperament but the evil spirit of her inner voice justifies this dynamism, as exhausting as it is. A film to be enjoyed with the assumed superficiality of these romances that make you want to love, and here to eat! It’s certainly a little too light to sustain us for more than two hours, but the interest is preserved by discoveries in the writing and the image, as well as by the traumas that we guess in each other .
“Tempura” by Akiko Ohku. With Non, Kento Hayashi, Asami Usuda.