Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda

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Japan | 2017 | 59 min. (incl. 13 min. short film) | Andrew Gooi

Rising from his job as an immigrant dishwasher at Benihana to a James Beard Award-winning chef, Nobuo Fukuda's inspiring culinary journey was made possible by embracing kakehashi, the act of bridging the gap between his native Japanese cuisine and Western cooking.

"Pure drooling delight"Naomi Tonky, The Stranger

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Andrew Gooi’s Kakehashi is far from your typical culinary documentary. Sure, all the food is sumptuously photographed and the philosophies of various dining experiences and cultural practices are examined vis-à-vis the dinner table―yet it is the focus of the film, 2007 James Beard Award Winner Nobuo Fukuda, that elevates Gooi's documentary to so much more. A chef whose charm is as irresistible as his brilliant recipes, Fukuda traverses the Eastern and Western hemispheres, Gooi in tow, and reminisces about the moments that have filled his life as full as his plates. A chef for 30 years in Arizona, Fukuda grows from a roughhouse-loving Benihana chef to the cultural bridge―or kakehashi―that he has become today. Utilizing the four courses of his famed Teeter House restaurant (Hassun, Sashimi Spoons, Guinea Fowl, and Shabu Shabu) as both eye candy and personal metaphors, the link between food and life has rarely been clearer. Though small and simple, both Gooi’s masterful food documentary and Fukuda’s dishes are every bit as powerful as their grandest predecessors.

Director Biography

Andrew Gooi is a Malaysian-born, U.S.-based filmmaker. Moved by the stories around him, this became the catalyst that inspired him to begin capturing not only dishes, but also the stories of the people behind them. Andrew created Food Talkies in 2016 to share food films he captured and in 2017 Food Talkies was nominated for the James Beard Awards for "Visual & Technical Excellence" and for "Video Webcast: On Location".

Sponsored by Huxley Wallace Collective, Great State Burger Truck, Vestal, Westward, The Japan Foundation - Los Angeles, Japan Studies Program UW

  • Director: Andrew Gooi
  • Principal Cast: Nobuo Fukuda, Sarah Fukuda, Kazuko Fukuda
  • Premiere Status: World
  • Country: Japan, USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 59 min. (incl. 13 min. short film)
  • Producer: Andrew Gooi
  • Cinematographers: Andrew Gooi
  • Editors: Andrew Gooi
  • Music: Premiumbeat.com
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP

Preceded by Short Film: "Sakurada: Zen Chef"

This film will be preceded by the short film "Sakurada: Zen Chef" (Japan | 2016 | 13 minutes | Hirokazu Kishida)

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