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    FOOD LUCK Press Notes and Photos From Shochiku

    Tao Tsuchiya and EXILE NAOTO star in the new drama FOOD LUCK. Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
    Official Site: movies.shochiku.co.jp/foodluck (Japan)

    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE

    Theatrical poster, courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.

    Feast your eyes on the ultimate yakiniku movie! An unprecedented first “eat-ertainment” film!

    Shochiku has provided information and large, high-res photos from FOOD LUCK (フード・ラック!食運, Fūdo Rakku! Shokuun). The movie is the directorial debut of Jimon Terakado from the comedy trio Dachou Club. Terakado is well known as a top TV celebrity foodie, with a particular love for beef, who has experience eating cuisine throughout Japan. With not only an eye for the food, but respect for the masters who make it, FOOD LUCK depicts both the love between mother and son and the comedy of life through yakiniku (grilled meat) and delicious food.

    EXILE NAOTO from the pop group EXILE and actress Tao Tsuchiya (ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE OF BELIAL, RUROUNI KENSHIN series, WAITING FOR SPRING) co-star together for the first time. FOOD LUCK is scheduled for a theatrical release in Japan on November 20.

    STORY

    “Negishi-en” was a small yakiniku restaurant run single-handedly by Yasue Sato (Ryo). The restaurant was beloved to many, in particular Yasue’s son, Yoshito. However, false claims by a food critic caused it to suddenly lose customers, and Yasue decided to close the restaurant.

    18 years later, Yoshito (EXILE NAOTO) has left home and works as a freelance writer with little success. One day, his editor Shizuka Takenaka (Tao Tsuchiya) assigns Yoshito to create a new food guide website that only covers “the real thing.”And the fateful first topic is: yakiniku?! Despite accepting the job, Yoshito struggles with it, and then he receives word that his now-estranged mother has collapsed.

    Unable to bring himself to visit Yasue in the hospital, Yoshito visits well-known restaurants for his work, and encounters the nostalgic flavors of Negishi-en, coming to understand his mother through the enjoyment of food and the people she connected with. Through this, he begins to change inside…

    Guided by his “food luck,” what miracle will Yoshito create in the end?

    Young Yoshito and his mother, Yasue Sato (Ryo). Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.

    CREDITS

    Japanese Theatrical Release: November 20, 2020
    Running Time: 104 Minutes

    Cast
    Yoshito Sato: EXILE NAOTO
    Shizuka Takenaka: Tao Tsuchiya
    Eiji Shinsei: Ken Ishiguro
    Tatsuya Furuyama: Satoru Matsuo
    Tomohiro Yoshida: Yasufumi Terawaki
    iro Takizawa: Hakuryu
    Yuriko Takizawa: Chizuru Azuma
    Takahiro Nishida: Toshihiro Yashiba
    Ryoko Matoba: Miwako Kakei
    Minoru Ozaki: Yo Oizumi (Special Appearance)
    Tadayoshi Toyokawa: Shinya Owada
    Yuji Ishihara: Raita Ryu
    Yasue Sato: Ryo

    Staff
    Director: Jimon Terakado
    Original Story: Jimon Terakado
    Original Story Assista: Reiko Takahashi
    Screenplay: Kumiko Motoyama
    Executive Producer: Shigeaki Yoshida
    Producers: Tetsuhiro Hayashi, Takeshi Udaka, Yuichi Kamoi, Hirofumi Yamabe
    Cinematography Nobunari Fujimoto
    Recording: Akira Fukada
    Lighting: Takuya Kaneko
    Music: Amar
    Theme Song: “Yokuwarae” by Ketsumeishi

    Distributor (Japan): Shochiku
    International Sales: Shochiku

    ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.

    Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
    Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
    Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
    Director Jimon Terakado works with his stars. Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
    Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
    Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
    Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
    Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
    Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
    Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©2020 Shochiku Co., Ltd.

    About Shochiku Co., Ltd.

    Shochiku traces its origins to 1895 when Takejiro Otani presented his first stage play. They also produced the first color motion picture in Japan, and have expanded into TV dramas, video contents, Kabuki presentation, theater operations, and real estate.

    The company has become a symbol of enduring tradition as the exclusive promoter of the Kabuki theater in Japan as well as widely known as the creator of the world’s longest-running feature film series, TORA-SAN.

    The company is making all possible efforts to develop business in various fields, including multimedia and co-productions, across generation, national, and cultural borders.


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