Have you heard of/seen the Japanese movie Tampopo? Directed in 1985 by Juzo Itami, it tells the fictional story of Tampopo, a female chef endeavoring to create the quintessential bowl of ramen. In other words, if she moonlighted as a manager of dialysis centers, she’d be doing really well. Other food-related vignettes are worked into the film too, and it remains one of my all-time favorites in any genre.
Filmed in large part in the Tokyo area, I finally decided to seek out the filming location of the titular らーめん屋 (raamen ya; ramen restaurant) last November. Located well-off-the-beaten-path in Shibaura, the buildings in the immediate vicinity looked as if they were about to be torn down. Better make haste and check it out!
Naturally, the day I went, the current occupant of the building is a restaurant called はるみ, or Harumi. They specialize in ホルモン やきにく (horumon yakiniku), which is to say, grilled organs. Imagine a movie about a chef trying to grill the perfect spleen? It would be a good double feature with Babe.