The core of Mika Ninagawa’s crazy culinary yakuza adventure, Diner is the eternal battle within each of us to feel wanted and needed.

Time-stopping moments reveal unhappy Oba Kanako amidst a choreographed crowd going about their daily business. Kanako is invisible, unwanted, jobless. Worse, when people pronounce her name, it sounds like “stupid girl”. By bad luck, she ends up in a hellish diner. At this very special eatery catering only to a certain breed of customers, Kanako must make herself indispensable, or…die. Sounds horrible. But it is wonderfully horrible. It is so fun and colorful, and presents a few sympathetic characters hiding behind their scary yakuza facade. Oh and food porn. There is food porn. The burning question is, so when is the Tarantino remake happening?

It is so decadent and theatrical, we almost expect someone to jump out and break into song. Musical-inspired films such as Louder! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin’, Wimp! or Too Young to Die have made this work. But Ninagawa lets them do what they do while she does what she does.


Diner – October 15th, 2019, 8:35 PM – Cinema du Parc


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