'Midnight Canteen 2' movie stars host special screening for fans
Director Joji Matsuoka and actor Kobayashi Kaoru, shared their stories behind the movie shoot at a press conference yesterday. Pic by Zhang Ruiqi Yan Qingyang
By Liza Li
The highly-anticipated Japanese film "Midnight Canteen 2," based on a heartwarming TV series, will start its release in China on July 18.
The film's special screening at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival was a big success, attracting around 1,000 movie buffs.
Its crew, including director Joji Matsuoka and actor Kobayashi Kaoru, shared their stories behind the movie shoot at a press conference yesterday.
The touching stories in the TV series version of "Midnight Canteen" have nurtured a large base of fans in China since its debut in 2009.
Many viewers note that the series has a huge healing power for people living in a fast-paced and pressured modern society. It manages to heal one's loneliness and solitude around midnight.
Based on its popularity, the TV series has been adapted into movie.
"It is not a big-budget production with lavish scenes and backdrops," said Kaoru. "We focus on the stories of ordinary people. The midnight canteen offers them comfort, confidence and strength to move on during the darkest days of their lives."
On his third trip to Shanghai, Kaoru added that he is impressed by the rapid changes in the city. He told local movie fans that his favorite Shanghai food is spring onion noodles.
Director Matsuoka, on his second visit to Shanghai, said he would definitely include Peking Roast Duck if he shoots an episode about Chinese food.
Hong Kong actor Leung Ka-fai, a fan of the Japanese series and film, is also directing the Chinese film version of "Midnight Canteen."
Leung gave a gift to the Japanese crew, a recipe for red-braised pork written in Chinese calligraphy.