Foreign trailer for Flavor of Happiness, which screened at the 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival.
A local department store decides to approach Wan (Tatsuya Fuji) about opening an in-store branch - and dispatches Takako (Miki Nakatani), a pretty, thirtysomething staffer. Takako is determined to close the deal but Wan gives her the brush-off. Not discouraged, she comes back to the restaurant every day, tastes everything on the menu and loves it, but Wan refuses to listen to her proposal. When Wan collapses with a minor stroke that leaves him unable to work. Takako begs him to take her on as an apprentice, so that his cooking will live on. Wan, who has no wife or heir, agrees. He sees Takako not just as a successor but as a kindred spirit whose love for good food approaches his own.