By Sabu -

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Drama - Completed 2017

He is a fearless and lethal Taiwanese hitman who finds himself wounded in a deserted neighbourhood in Japan. With the neighbour's help he starts a noodle hawker stall and his laid-back kitchen mastery slowly changes his path of life. But his past won't leave him alone.

& Awards

Berlin Film Festival 2017
Hong Kong International FIlm Festival 2017
Taipei Film Festival 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama, Crime
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 129 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sabu -
    • Writer(s)
    • Sabu -
    • Producer(s)
    • Koki KAGEYAMA, Yoichi SHIMIZU, Jacky Yee Wah PANG, Stephan HOLL, Shozo ICHIYAMA
    • Synopsis
    • Professional hitman Long takes on an assignment in Japan. When things go awry, he has to flee. Badly injured, he takes refuge in a deserted part of a small town. A young boy brings him water and clothing. Long installs himself in one of the dilapidated houses where he prepares simple meals for the eight-year-old Jun. Jun’s mother Lily is a drug addict and, like Long, comes from Taiwan. The news of Long’s tasty cooking quickly spreads throughout the neighbourhood, and Long’s neighbours organise a mobile food stall for him. Soon, people are queuing up for Long’s noodle soup. Lily manages to kick her habit with Long’s help and, for a while, it looks as though this could mark the beginning of a new life for this community which fate has thrown together.

      The search for a way out of a spiral of violence, for a quiet life and emotional security are topics that pervade Japanese director Sabu’s oeuvre. Seamlessly stringing together the rugged vernacular of gangster films with the tender moments of a burgeoning love story, his new work combines perfectly choreographed outbreaks of violence with contemplative cooking scenes and surprising moments of slapstick comedy. (Berlinale)