Approximately 10 hours flight from Tokyo, Finland is the closest European country from Japan. gKamome Dinerhwas shot and born there. Known for its midnight sun, Helsinki is a seaport in which seagulls fly and passenger liners come and go. Small, but with presence, Kamome Diner (ruokala lokki)\run by Japanese woman Sachie\stands in the cityfs street corner. The film unfolds at this diner, while highlighting people who are more than eager to give a hand to each otherfs vital soul.

The story is based on a novel written by popular writer Yoko Mure who has countless female fans for her emotional portrayal of people living a modest life. Mure wrote the full-length novel in response to the filmfs idea for production.
Itfs an unusual novel, which fully captures the atmosphere of the cityfs street corner, although Mure herself has never been to Finland.

Directing the film is Naoko Ogigami, who challenges her third feature film with this film. Expectations are high for this young director who received A Special Mention at the Kinderfilmfest of Berlin International Film Festival in 2003 for her film gYoshinofs Barber Shoph, which vividly portrays the glee of boys living in a small rural village.

Almost all the crew gathered to shoot gKamome Dinerh is Finnish, including cinematographer Tuomo Virtanen.
Ogigamifs experience of over a month, in a film set surrounded by benevolent Finnish staff where both Japanese and Finnish were used, has made her even stronger.

The actual shooting began in the latter half of the season of the midnight sun. The amazingly beautiful, poetic visuals of the first Japanese film to be shot entirely in Finland also convey the Finnish crewfs affection toward their country.

Playing Sachie, the shopkeeper at Kamome Diner is actress Satomi Kobayashi. Her magnificent acting skills and her refined sensuality is at full in the film. Her appearance blends in most beautifully with Helsinkifs landscape. In addition, therefs Hairi Katagirifs overwhelming presence and delicate acting in her role as Midori
not to mention Masako Motaifs quiet yet powerful and tolerant performance as Masako. gKamome Dinerh has created a remarkable trio that will most likely be remembered in film history.
Other than the three actresses, all the actors in the film including Markku Peltola who stars in Aki Kaurismakifs representative film gMies Vailla Menneisyyttah (The Man Without a Past) are Finnish. Their presences add even more color to the film.

And the gonigirih (rice balls), cinnamon rolls and gshoga-yakih (roasted pork with ginger) that highlight the film so
oftenc The visuals tell us that these menus are made with heart, enhancing the joy of eating food.

The music that closes the film is Yosui Inouefs exquisite song, gCrazy Love.h The song, which carries lifefs sorrow and freedom, echoes throughout the filmfs closing moments.

gPeople\they all changeh
This story, which unfolds toward these words of Sachie, is packed with a peaceful, comfortable feeling of happiness.