Dad’s Lunch Box
(Papa no obento wa sekai ichi, パパのお弁当は世界一)
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019
concession £7, members £6.50
Length: 76 mins
Director: Masakazu Fukatsu
Cast: Toshimi Watanabe, Utano Aoi, Yuriko Hara
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Before the screening of the film, Yuko Fujimitsu from The Japan Foundation will give a short talk on the history of the Bento box. Plus – a lucky member of the audience will be awarded a Bento goody bag!
Based on a simple but touching true storywhich gained viral recognition, having been retweeted more than 80,000 times and garnered over 260,000 ‘likes’. A newly divorced father (Toshimi Watanabe) finds himself outof depth when faced with the unfamiliar challenge of preparing his daughter’s daily lunchbox.
Refusing to perpetuate the role of the Japanese absentee father, director Masakazu Fukatsu highlights the existence of more profound relationships between singlefathers and their children, while providing an insight into the growing niche of papaben, or bento lunches prepared by fathers dipping their toes into the culinary world.
“It’s an uphill battle for Watanabe’s “papa,” but ultimately, he prevails.” – The Japan Times
With thanks to Major Sponsors JAL, Yakult, Sasakawa and Sponsors in Kind Japan Centre, Okinawa Film Office.
Image: Dad’s Lunch Box © 2017「パパのお弁当は世界一」製作委員会