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2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival


Directed by Jason Chan & Christian Lee

International Narrative Feature Competition / Japan, Singapore / 2017 / Drama, Family, Food, Romance / 121 mins / English, Japanese with English subtitles / Los Angeles Premiere

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Regal L.A. LIVE - Theatre 13
Wednesday | May 9, 2018 6:30 pm Rush Only


Filmmakers in attendance.

JIMAMI TOFU is a love story between a Chinese Singaporean chef and a beautiful Japanese food critic, woven around the 100-year-old Okinawa Ryukyu Dynastic cuisine that holds the life medicine their broken hearts need to mend.

Ryan (Jason Chan) is an ambitious Singaporean chef working in Tokyo. When his food critic girlfriend Yuki (Mari Yamamoto) suddenly disappears, it leaves him reeling. In an effort to find her, he sets off to her hometown in Okinawa searching for clues. While Yuki is nowhere in sight, he discovers flavors beyond his imagination at her father’s restaurant.

With the help of Yuki’s childhood friend Nami (Rino Nakasone), Ryan decides he must convince Yuki’s father to teach him his secret recipes. At first incredibly reluctant, her father finally relents to teaching him. Though Ryan’s Tokyo-style cooking won’t fly in this kitchen. But when Yuki’s father suddenly falls ill, will Ryan have what it takes to take over the family business? And will he win back Yuki along the way?

Written and directed by Singapore duo Jason Chan and Christian Lee, this international film proves that home is truly in our tastebuds. A beautiful and delicious meditation on love, food, and our deep connection to place, JIMAMI TOFU is a mouth-watering delight that will have you craving Okinawan home-cooking for days! – Anderson Le

Co-presented with Community Partners: 626 Night Market, Okinawa Association of America, and This Filipino American Life

Director's Bio

Jason Chan studied acting at NIDA, Australia, before landing the role of the Green Samurai Ranger in the television series, “Power Rangers.” Having founded BananaMana Films with Christian Lee, they’ve become award-winning writers, directors, editors, and producers. Christian studied acting at the William Esper Studio, NYC. He was awarded Best Actor at the Rome Asian Film Fest 2004 for OUTSIDERS and awarded Best Family Feature at the Houston International Film Fest 2008 for the Chinese movie, SLAM.


Director: Jason Chan, Christian Lee
Writer: Jason Chan, Christian Lee
Producer: Jason Chan, Christian Lee
Director of Photography: Jason Chan
Editor: Jason Chan, Christian Lee
Music Composer: Jason Chan
Sound Mixer: Christian Lee
Cast: Jason Chan, Christian Lee, Mari Yamamoto, Rino Nakasone

Dates & Times


Regal L.A. LIVE - Theatre 13
Wednesday | May 9, 2018 6:30 pm Rush Only