September 2017 is food month at Psychodrama! It means we'll be featuring Japanese food-related movies, drama series, and anime reviews and news, as well as, surveys and quizzes about these shows and the actors who played chefs or cooks or any related characters! 

As a sneak peak, we'll have an anime review for Food Wars (Shokugeki no Souma) and extensive discussions on drama series including Mondai no aru Restaurant, Mi wo Tsukushi Ryouricho, and The Emperor's Cook. Special mention also goes to Hashimoto Ai's Little Forest.

As an introduction, we're inviting you to participate in our survey! A lot of the shows we'll be featuring are included in the survey.

Of course, we've already featured our Japanese food movie list, and coming up our hitlist for Japanese food-related dramas and anime!

Did we miss any of your favorite Japanese food-related movies, drama, or anime? Let us know what you think!




Japanese food is something a bit mysterious and strange to me, but I have the chance to taste some Japanese cuisine of late that really made quite an impression. When you watch Japanese movies, anime, and drama all the time, you get a sense of familiarity. But tasting authentic Japanese food is a totally different, but extremely fulfilling experience. What better way to eat udon noodles while watching your favorite Jdrama neh?

Japanese Food in the Movies

Through the years, there are many Japanese movies that focus on food - not necessarily sushi or tempura or noodles, but also cakes and pastries and delicacies and even the traditional tea ceremony. While this list is not exclusively about food movies, there are certain moments we find so awesome you just got to see it! Here are some scenes and screen captures showing delicious and delectable food on a number of favorite Japanese movies...

[Editor's Note: A favorite hit list way back in 2012, we're launching a Part 2 to showcase new titles to add to these 5 amazing movies - with an equally amazing collaboration between Japanese and Korean artists! ]

So, I'm starting the list with what is considered one of the most expensive movies (USD 25 million) produced in South Korea- the war drama My Way. Says filmmaker Kang Je-Gyu in response to a question about the painful memories of World War Two:

This movie doesn’t dramatize who are the offenders and who are the victims. The story is about one human being who doesn’t let go of his dream even though he is caught in World War II. Because of his dream there is forgiveness and understanding. The movie is basically a human story. [ source ]

My Way - poster

What the Movie is all about: Inspired by a true story. Jun Shik works for Tatsuo's grandfather's farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, but he has a dream to participate in Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two are in rivalry. But war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo becomes the head of defense in Jun Shik's unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun Shik and Tatsuo are captured by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again at the shores of Normandy.

[Editor's Note: This article was published early 2012. Many acting showdowns follow, and in Part 2 and 3, we're launching more samples of such showdowns. Please stay tuned!]

I just love to watch movies where the lead actors have acting showdowns! One classic example would have to be Martin Scorsese's The Departed, where Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon pit talents as rival police officers. If you think about it, this movie was actually a remake of a Hong Kong film entitled Infernal Affairs (starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung).


Looking closely at the Japanese movie scene, there is a fantastic list of movies where the lead actors are engaged in acting showdowns - it doesn't have to be a rivalry between two samurai warriors or a Yakuza versus a cop, or between the top dogs of rival gangs. It can be about friendships or a seemingly light bromance, where the acting is worthy of discussion.

Part 1 - with 5 awesome showdowns - after the jump!

Making bold statements by way of portraying strong, independent and unique female characters, Japanese actresses like Nikaido Fumi, Kuroki Haru, and Kadowaki Mugi lead the pack as we prepare for the 2017 edition of our annual Top 30 hottest Japanese talents! While we are not discounting such names as Aoi Yu, Mitsushima Hikari, and Yuriko Yoshitaka, among others the younger set of actresses seem to be at the forefront nonetheless. Why is that? Let's see...

Kadowaki Mugi


Psycho Drama list of 100 favorite Japanese films through the years.