|Directed by||Naoko Ogigami|
|Produced by||Mayumi Amano|
|Written by||Naoko Ogigami|
|Music by||Tatsuro Kondo|
|Edited by||Shinichi Fushima|
|Distributed by||Nippon Television Network Corporation|
Kamome Diner (かもめ食堂 Kamome shokudō) is a 2006 comedy film written and directed by Japanese director Naoko Ogigami, based on a novel by Yōko Mure. The film is set in the Finnish capital Helsinki, and follows a Japanese woman who sets up a diner serving Japanese food in the city, and the friends she makes in the process.
Sachie is a Japanese woman living alone in Helsinki, who is trying single-handedly to establish a new cafe serving Japanese-style food. However, it has no customers. Eventually a young Finnish anime enthusiast comes for coffee and becomes the cafe's first regular, though as her first customer he gets to eat and drink there for free.
Midori is a Japanese woman who has just arrived in Finland for an indefinite time and without any definite plans. She and Sachie happen to meet in a bookstore and she starts to help out in the cafe. Later, Masako, another Japanese woman on her own, turns up. Her baggage has been lost by an airline, and before long she too starts to work in the cafe. Over the course of the film, the cafe gradually gains more customers, and the Japanese women make more friends with the local people.
The film was filmed in a real cafe in downtown Helsinki, at the address Pursimiehenkatu 12, its real name was Kahvila Suomi (Finland Cafe). The original decor of the cafe was taken out for the filming and replaced by Finnish designer furniture. The original interior was returned afterwards. The current restaurant in the premises is Ravintola Kamome (Restaurant Kamome), which resembles the fictional cafe, and is a popular destination for Japanese tourists visiting Helsinki.
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