I'm 52 and just finished watching this tonight, July 2011. I weep for Japanese women if they are actually living like the heroine of this story. Well actually I mostly had WTHell moments through most of this movie/series. It is 5 episodes on Dramacrazy.net. Once she is reset on her feet the movie is wonderful as she gets stronger, and more confident. I wanted to bury the "man" (jelly fish have more spine!) "father" (no way does he qualify as a father) in a shallow hole somewhere, after bashing in his head for an hour or two! ARRGH! What an embarrassment to us men! - but the writers have her forgive him! The other threads in her life are interesting and growing stronger, except again many WTH but only with the men... arrogance in failed "chef", but he did grow up :) Weird that all the men ran away from huge debts, etc. but police/IRS don't care to look for them. Is this real at all? What saved this is the cooking - very similar to Dae Jang Geum (Jewel of the Palace) from Korea, again about strong women and love of cooking. Wonderful - and the subtitle team explained every dish and ingredient, so one can make the dishes later! So amazing! So half the time I am cursing the men and some actions of the women to keep these losers, and other half I am amazed by the cooking and the growth of these same women....very exhausting :)
Like I mentioned earlier the subtitles are amazing! Clear and easy to read. Very interesting side of Japanese life. Glad I found this story - but being American hard for me to understand what the writer (whole team) wanted to say.
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