On January 24, it was revealed that actress Ueto Aya (27), who married EXILE leader HIRO (43) last September, will star in the film “Bushi no Kondate.” The film will open in theaters this winter. This is her first film since her marriage to HIRO and she will play the supportive wife named “Oharu” of on-screen husband Kora Kengo.
Ueto spoke with anticipation, “Although this film is a period film, I hear that the film will be both painful longing and humorous as it depicts how relations between man and wife have not changed much now compared to then.”
The film is based on historical happenings in the Kaga Domain during the Edo period. Oharu (Ueto), who has great sense with his tongue with superb cooking skills, is discovered her skills by Funaki Tennai (Nishida Toshiyuki) and marries into the Funaki family, which has served as chefs for the domain from generation to generation.
With the help from Man (Yo Kimiko), her mother-in-law, she tries hard to teach her husband “Yasunobu” (Kora) who is supposed to be the successor, but lacks cooking skill. Through giving the cooking lessons for the husband, the couple begin to establish an emotional bond with each other, and the two mature together as husband and wife.
Ueto, who will start filming in Kyoto, talked about the various dishes that appear in the film with, “As it is called ‘Bushi no Kondate’(Samurai’s Menu), please look forward to the various menus of the time period that appear in the film.” She appealed for the film with, “I hope that the film would be enjoyable for many people, especially for women.”
The film will be directed by Asahara Yuzo, who directed the “Tsuribaka Nisshi” series. He spoke about the film with, “In order to make it enjoyable for people living in this era, especially women, it will be painful longing, beautiful, but also bright and humorous.” The script will be written by Kashiwada Michio, who also wrote the script for the popular film “Bushi no Kakeibo” (opened 2011), which starred Sakai Masato.