Based on a novel by Maiko Seo, Masahide Ichii’s OUR MEAL FOR TOMORROW is an offbeat romantic drama that also audaciously bends gender roles, but in the personalities of its two principals, not in its casting.
Ryota and Koharu meet in high school. Although polar opposites, they were destined to fall in love and his world starts to change through his days with her. Although Ryota is handsome, he is quite the loner and introvert, while Koharu takes charge and is a total go-getter.
Once in college, however, Koharu suddenly breaks up with him, driven by a secret she keeps from him. Then one day at work, Ryota, who is unable to truly get over her, learns the truth behind her decision and runs to be with her. Seven years since they first met, they get a second chance to fulfill their true love destiny, but as if the movie gods were lording over our two lovebirds, obstacles are thrown in front of them, both emotional and even life threatening.
This offbeat quirky romance, written by director Ichii, is an original take on the typical Japanese melodrama, working in life-changing walkabouts (Ryota’s spiritual journey to Thailand) to Koharu’s obsession with KFC chicken, especially the life story of Colonel Sanders. OUR MEAL FOR TOMORROW is an unexpected gift of a film, filled with great performances and life lessons derived from the most mundane things, even if it is “finger licking good.