Japanese Film Festival | Satellite
Drama, Period

Mio’s Cookbook


Directed by: Haruki Kadokawa

Year: 2020

Length: 131 minutes

Classification rating: Unclassified all ages

Screens in: Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

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A visual feast, bursting with umami!

A fortune teller foresees wildly different paths for inseparable best friends Mio and Noe. That very night, their carefree childhoods in Osaka are forever changed as the great flood of 1801 tears them apart.

As fortune predicted, hardship follows the now orphaned Mio. Finding refuge with a kind restaurant owner, a decade passes and she ends up in Edo, working in a kitchen and serving customers with mixed feedback. But Mio’s an industrious survivor—she digs deep into her roots and her Osaka-style cooking brews opportunities. Before long she’s battling restaurant-ranking rivals with a new signature dish. Balancing the tastes of home with the local palate, Mio’s story is a nourishing testament to the power of food in bringing people together. From opulence in the pleasure quarter of Yoshiwara, to the beauty of daily life, this period drama is a visual feast, best enjoyed with dinner plans!

Based on Kaoru Takada’s Cookbook of Devotion, Mio’s Cookbook allows charismatic starlets Honoka Matsumoto and Nao to shine alongside veteran talents Mayumi Wakamura, Atsuko Asano and Yōsuke Kubozuka.

Friday 29th October

Palace Electric, Canberra

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Saturday 6th November

Palace Raine Square, Perth

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Saturday 13th November

Palace Barracks, Brisbane


Thursday 18th November

Palace Barracks, Brisbane

Friday 19th November

The Kino, Melbourne

Sunday 28th November

The Kino, Melbourne

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Friday 26th November

Palace Norton Street, Sydney


Saturday 27th November

Palace Verona, Sydney

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Director: Haruki Kadokawa

Cast: Honoka Matsumoto, Mayumi Wakamura, Atsuko Asano and Yōsuke Kubozuka

Genre: Drama, Period

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles