True foodies not only eat themselves, but also gain satisfaction by watching others eat.
Tv Tokyo's food series Lonely Foodie has been loved by foodies since its launch in 2012.
In this Shimoijin drama adapted from the manga of the same name created by Masayuki Kusumi,
Goro, a grocer, travels to various places to visit customers because of his work, and thus discovers the food hidden in the streets.
After completing his work tasks, Goro, who was dressed in a suit and leather, was finally able to sit down comfortably and fill his stomach happily.
The satisfaction on Goro's face when tasting the food made the audience in front of the screen feel empathy.
In the eyes of many neon gold, eating alone is an extremely lonely thing,
But Goro proves with his consistently stable performance that a person can also eat well and be free and unrestrained.
The eighth season of "The Lonely Foodie" began airing last month, and in the first episode, Goro went to Yokohama Chinatown.
Sausage bacon Yaozhu casserole rice, shrimp wonton noodles, crispy duck, salt baked chicken,
Delicious Chinese food, Goro can't stop eating.
This food drama not only filmed all the way to the eighth season, but also almost every season has a high score of more than 9 points on Douban.
In addition to the simple and simple performance of Goro's actor Matsushige Toyotomi, the production team's efforts behind the scenes cannot be ignored.
TV Tokyo recently shared an interview with the producer of "The Lonely Foodie",
Two producers, Takehiro Kikuchi (left) and Yukitoshi Komatsu (right), introduce behind-the-scenes filming preparations for the show.
Among them, the part that the two talked about the most was about how to choose a store!
The restaurants and delicacies that Goro goes to often attract attention. Regarding the selection of the store, I heard that since the first season, I have had an agreement with the original author Masayuki Kuzumi that "the shop will not appear in the original manga"?
"It's like this, it's all about the crew going to the restaurant themselves, and it's based on the principle of not eating leftovers."
"Therefore, at the beginning of the visit, in order to confirm whether these amounts of Matsushige Can be eaten well by one person, the same amount will be prepared for the staff to try first."
However, as tv dramas gradually become popular, some aunts of some stores will also warmly recommend "this also taste it" and "that is also delicious", sometimes it is really unbearable.
"In addition, it is generally not allowed to play other roles by actors who have played supporting roles in the play, and the areas and stations visited should not be repeated."
"It's a little pact between our staff to be as rich as possible and not to be repetitive."
——Since the show often chooses very distinctive stores that only local gourmets will know, I heard that you have a principle of "forbidding to find a store through the Internet" is it?
In this regard, Komatsu Yukitoshi clarified that this is a misunderstanding: "In this era, there is no such thing as a complete use of the Internet. ”
"Of course, all of our staff, as well as the original author, Masayuki Kusumi, have practiced Goro's spirit of 'finding a shop by yourself', which hasn't changed since the first season."
"But it doesn't mean that the Internet is not used at all, but it will not only look at the star ratings of the review site to screen, and the crew must decide after the live experience, which is the meaning."
Kikuchi Takehiro also admitted,
The lone foodie has always been broadcast in late-night slots, and both the budget and the staff are not abundant.
"You have to use limited manpower to find a store outside the shooting day,
Therefore, it is inevitable to borrow the network to obtain some information. ”
──So in the tight schedule, including the director, writers, producers and other staff responsible for each episode, they have to personally go to the "smelly store"?
The shooting schedule of each episode of "The Lonely Foodie" is generally two days.
One day to shoot the plot part of Goro's work, and the other day to shoot the part where Goro eats.
However, before entering the official shooting, the crew had to work hard just to find a store!
"That's right. First of all, a certain area will be identified at the beginning, and then 5 or 6 crew members will be sent to find the kind of shop suitable for the 'lonely foodie'. ”
"A person may eat 4 to 5 restaurants a day, and often there are about 50 restaurants for an episode."
"If you add stores that only look at the appearance, then this number will easily exceed 100." (Takehiro Kikuchi)
"And when the last few stores are screened, the crew will be asked to go to the same store to eat more times."
"Not only to observe the taste of the food, but also to consider the atmosphere and the state of the characters in the store, and only after meeting the requirements will we apply to the store for filming." (Komatsu Yukitoshi)
If you need to shoot outside of Tokyo, the production schedule will be compressed even more intensely.
Due to travel times, a person may have to run 10 stores a day.
If you encounter the number of episodes of Goro's business trip abroad, the staff will have to face more unknowns and pressures.
Goro traveled to Yilan and Taipei in Taiwan on business in episodes 4 and 5 of season 5, and went to Korea to taste barbecue meat in episodes 9 and 10 of season 7.
"At that time, I only had 3 to 4 days to go to Taiwan to find a shop, and the staff was divided into two groups and went to the street to desperately brush the shop."
"And Yilan is not a key sightseeing spot like Taipei, the staff has never been there, there is no relevant information, it is really hard."
"Although the theme of grilled meat in Korea has been determined in advance, it is really hard to work in a place where people are not familiar with life."
- What else can be said about the other hardships?
That is to find a restaurant to shoot and eat so many restaurants, the crew inevitably felt that the weight had increased...
Komatsu said with a bitter smile:
"Because the staff will personally go to the store, so after each season, everyone will become fat, which is also very troublesome..."
Takehiro Kikuchi takes himself as an example:
"I've gained 20 kilograms at most, and even if I try to slim down, I'll still get fat next season (laughs)."
"If you can find a suitable store for shooting as soon as possible, you should not have the trouble of getting fat."
Every season of filming, the staff have the risk of getting fat, fat more fat less with the fate to see the luck of the store,
But Matsushige Toyotomi, who plays Goro, watches him eat so much in every episode, why can't he get fat?
For example, on the filming day of the first episode of the eighth season to taste Chinese cuisine,
Matsushigetoshi hadn't eaten anything since the night before, and hadn't eaten breakfast or lunch that day.
The meal at the time of filming was Matsushige's first meal of the day, so the satisfaction that bloomed on his face was particularly full and real.
It seems that behind the glamorousness of eating and eating,
Whether it's the lead actor or the crew behind the scenes,
In order to make this drama well, it really took a lot of patience and effort...
A transparent umbrella un: Because Uncle didn't eat the day before filming
Lord Voldemort: Sighing at the dedication and wanting to ask. Are you still short of staff?
Wheat sweet roll: Try to come to Sichuan, row twenty seasons without heavy samples
A man without a cat: I watched two episodes and was so hungry that I abandoned the show and he wanted to eat everything!!!
And in order to show the hunger and happiness of eating, he did not eat from the previous night to the breakfast and lunch of the same day, which was also a torture for his stomach
Yu Sheng Ryuu_: They are really good at choosing stores, and I have been to a store that appears in the play! Good! eat! I messaged a friend describing himself saying he was going to explode when he heard me
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