Based on a simple but touching true story which 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 out of depth when faced with the unfamiliar challenge of preparing his daughter’s daily lunchbox. The film charts his progress from novice fiascos to increasingly elaborate designs, as his confidence grows at the same steady rate as his improving bond with his daughter. Refusing to perpetuate the role of the Japanese absentee father, Masakazu Fukatsu highlights the existence of more profound relationships between single fathers 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.
This screening will not feature adverts or trailers and will start promptly at the advertised time.
Screening as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019.