Tsukiji Wonderland

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Japan | 2016 | 110 minutes | Naotaro Endo

Spend a day at Tokyo's Tsukiji Market, the biggest wholesale seafood market in the world, for a fascinating out-in-the-open view of the seafood business during the ramshackle 80-year-old complex's last year of operation.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

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Of all the seafaring nations, perhaps none has quite so close a relationship with seafood as Japan. Fish and shellfish forms what is considered the backbone of washoku, or Japanese cuisine. With an almost religious fervor, some of the country's best chefs come to Tokyo's Tsukiji neighborhood to visit the world's largest wholesale fish and seafood market to sample the latest tasty and exotic morsels, plucked from the sea that morning. Known as the "kitchen of Japan," the 80-year-old Tsukiji market offers more than 400 types of seafood, worth a total market price of about 1.5 billion yen, every day. In 2014, soon after it was announced that the cramped market would be moving to a larger site in Tokyo's Toyosu neighborhood, filmmaker Naotaro Endo began shooting to preserve this institution. For an entire year, documentary crews worked their way through the hundreds of overflowing stalls, focusing on the peak seasons for certain kinds of seafood, such as sanma (Pacific saury) in autumn and fugu (blowfish) in winter. Through interviews with vendors, plus commentary from food celebrities such as multi-Michelin-star chefs Jiro Ono and Rene Redzepi, Tsukiji Wonderland is a sumptuous feast for sushi lovers everywhere and a rare glimpse of Japan's ancient legacy before it's altered forever.

Director Biography
Naotaro Endo is a Japan-based filmmaker who recently directed the documentary Tsukiji Wonderland, his debut feature.

Sponsored by Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Seattle Met, The Seattle Times

  • Director: Naotaro Endo
  • Principal Cast: Jiro Ono, Rene Redzepi, Theodore C. Bestor
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 110 minutes
  • Producer: Maiko Teshima, Kazuha Okuda, Kenichi Nakayama, Shinichiro Sakaguchi
  • Screenplay: Naotaro Endo
  • Cinematographers: Taro Kimura, Tojiro Kurita, Shinichi Tsunoda, Yuichiro Kobayashi, Goki Yoshida, Makoto Miki
  • Editors: Naotaro Endo
  • Music: Takayoshi Kido
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Shochiku Co., Ltd.