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Udon (2006)

A dramedy about the relationship between an aspiring comic and his stubborn noodlemaker father.


Katsuyuki Motohiro


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûsuke Santamaria Yûsuke Santamaria ... Kosuke Matsui
Manami Konishi Manami Konishi ... Kyoko Miyagawa
Tortoise Matsumoto Tortoise Matsumoto ... Shosuke Suzuki
Kyôka Suzuki Kyôka Suzuki ... Mari Fujimoto
Takeshi Masu Takeshi Masu ... Masanori Otani
Jin Katagiri Jin Katagiri ... Kenjiro Mishima
Jun Kaname Jun Kaname ... Kazuya Aoki
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Ryoichi Fujimoto
Katsumi Kiba Katsumi Kiba ... Takutomi Matsui
Tôru Emori Tôru Emori
Sayoko Ninomiya Sayoko Ninomiya
Mayumi Myosei Mayumi Myosei
Hiroyuki Morisaki Hiroyuki Morisaki
Hideki Nakano Hideki Nakano
Munenori Nagano Munenori Nagano


A dramedy about the relationship between an aspiring comic and his stubborn noodlemaker father.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

26 August 2006 (Japan) See more »

Filming Locations:

Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The director of Udon, Katsuyuki Motohiro , was born in Kagawa, the place where this movie is set. See more »

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Japanese Soul Food
23 September 2010 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

Although this film can be simply be defined as a film about noodles, it goes beyond that. Kosuke bombs out as a comedian in New York,so he returns home to Sanuki prefecture in Japan, the heart of "udon country". He ends up on a magazine and he along with Kyoko (Maname Konishi) and others seek to find all the udon places in the prefecture. This interest mushrooms, the magazine becomes wildly successful, there is an udon craze etc. Most important is the side story, regarding Kosuke and his father, who is an udon maker, seemingly the only thing he is interested in. The film explores through the plot involving the joy of eating udon with the complex relationship of father and son. The film works because it is told in a straightforward manner, Kosuke is not seen as a loser and the co-workers, especially Kyoko, share his enthusiasm. The film will make you very hungry for udon. Enjoy this film, which has sentimentality, humor and engaging performances throughout. Its two hours of fun.

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