The Tsukiji Fish Market in central Tokyo is lauded as the world’s largest fish and seafood market. In an effort that never ceases, Tsukiji caters to the needs of demanding professionals, offering more than 400 types of seafood and ensuring customers the best quality fish. World- renowned chefs frequent Tsukiji, expecting hours-old product and relying heavily on vendors to guide them through “peak season” picks throughout the year. What results is an intricate, almost religious relationship between fishermen, vendors and restauranteurs.
This year, the 80-year-old market will be relocated to Toyosu. There is both concern and hope for preserving the market’s rich cultural history as it moves to its future location.
In his feature debut, Naotaro Endo documents this centre of seafood culture, which has been a cornerstone of the modern Japanese food world. Featuring interviews with Michelin-star chefs such as Jiro Ono and Rene Redzepi, Tsukiji Wonderland reveals the passion of people in Tsukiji and the essence of Japanese traditional cuisine.
Jiro Ono 小野二郎
(Chef of the three-Michelin-starred sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro)
(Chef of the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Noma)
Theodore C. Bestor
(Cultural anthropology professor at Harvard University)
Tsukiji Wonderland is Naotaro Endo’s theatrical feature film debut. He has primarily worked in broadcast production, including advertisements and music videos, as well as a TV documentary program that followed actor Shun Oguri as he tackled the challenge of making his debut in a feature film.
Seattle International Film Festival 2016